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Over 700 Malicious Typosquatted Libraries Found On RubyGems Repository

Over 700 Malicious Typosquatted Libraries Found On RubyGems Repository

April 16, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
As developers increasingly embrace off-the-shelf software components into their apps and services, threat actors are abusing open-source repositories such as RubyGems to distribute malicious packages, intended to compromise their computers or backdoor software projects they work on. In the latest research shared with The Hacker News, cybersecurity experts at ReversingLabs revealed over 700 malicious gems — packages written in Ruby programming language — that supply chain attackers were caught recently distributing through the RubyGems repository. The malicious campaign leveraged the typosquatting technique where attackers uploaded intentionally misspelled legitimate packages in hopes that unwitting developers will mistype the name and unintentionally install the malicious library instead. ReversingLabs said the typosquatted packages in question were uploaded to RubyGems between February 16 and February 25, and that most of them have been designed to secretly steal funds by r
Here's Top 10 Popular Programming Languages used on GitHub

Here's Top 10 Popular Programming Languages used on GitHub

August 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Open Source is the Future of the computer science world! On Wednesday, the popular coding website GitHub shared a graph that gives a closer look at the popularity of different programming languages used on its code sharing website that lets anyone edit, store, and collaborate on software code. Since its launch in 2008, GitHub saw various programming languages picking up momentum, as shown in the graph below. An insight into what GitHub is… GitHub is a web-based repository that operates on the functionality of a 'Git,' which is strictly a command-line tool. With 10 Million users as of today, the platform has become the primary source of housing open source software that is free of cost available to the world at large. A look at the picture of programming trends on GitHub over recent years is actually a look at how the computer world is evolving. Top 10 Programming Languages Here are the Top 10 Programming Languages on GitHub today: JavaS
Thousands of websites based on Ruby on Rails vulnerable to Cookie Handling flaw

Thousands of websites based on Ruby on Rails vulnerable to Cookie Handling flaw

November 29, 2013Anonymous
Ruby on Rails contains a flaw in its design that may allow attackers to more easily access applications. Websites that rely on Ruby on Rails's default cookie storage mechanism   CookieStore  are at risk. The vulnerability was actually reported two months ago, but still thousands of website are running a vulnerable version of Ruby on Rails that allows a malicious attacker to gain unauthorized access again and again without password, if someone manages to steal users' cookies via via cross site scripting or session sidejacking or with physical access.  More than 10,000 websites are vulnerable to Ruby on Rails's cookie storage mechanism flaw, but this vulnerability requires your user's session cookies to be compromised in the first place. Security researcher G.S. McNamara provided the details of the vulnerability in a blog post , he analyzed nearly 90,000 sites running specialized scripts and discovered 1,897 sites based on old versions of Ruby on Rails ( version 2.0 to ve
Ruby on Rails exploit could hijack unpatched servers for botnet

Ruby on Rails exploit could hijack unpatched servers for botnet

May 30, 2013Mohit Kumar
Server Administrators are being urged to update their Ruby on Rails servers following the discovery of an active malware campaign targeting vulnerable versions of the web development framework. According to security researcher Jeff Jarmoc , Hackers are exploiting a known and patched vulnerability in coding language Ruby on Rails, which allows a remote user to edit the web server's crontab to download a file to the /tmp directory where it is compiled and executed. The exploit that is currently being used by attackers adds a custom cron job (a scheduled task on Linux machines) that executes a sequence of commands. " Functionality is limited, but includes the ability to download and execute files as commanded, as well as changing servers ," Jarmoc blogged. " There's no authentication performed, so an enterprising individual could hijack these bots fairly easily by joining the IRC server and issuing the appropriate commands ." The original fla
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