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Hackers Can Abuse Visual Studio Marketplace to Target Developers with Malicious Extensions

Hackers Can Abuse Visual Studio Marketplace to Target Developers with Malicious Extensions

Jan 09, 2023 Supply Chain / CodeSec
A new attack vector targeting the Visual Studio Code extensions marketplace could be leveraged to upload rogue extensions masquerading as their legitimate counterparts with the goal of mounting supply chain attacks. The technique "could act as an entry point for an attack on many organizations," Aqua security researcher Ilay Goldman  said  in a report published last week. VS Code extensions, curated via a  marketplace  made available by Microsoft, allow developers to add programming languages, debuggers, and tools to the VS Code source-code editor to augment their workflows.  "All extensions run with the privileges of the user that has opened the VS Code without any sandbox," Goldman said, explaining the potential risks of using VS Code extensions. "This means that the extension can install any program on your computer including ransomwares, wipers, and more." To that end, Aqua found that not only is it possible for a threat actor to impersonate a po
New 'ParseThru' Parameter Smuggling Vulnerability Affects Golang-based Applications

New 'ParseThru' Parameter Smuggling Vulnerability Affects Golang-based Applications

Aug 02, 2022
Security researchers have discovered a new vulnerability called  ParseThru  affecting Golang-based applications that could be abused to gain unauthorized access to cloud-based applications. "The newly discovered vulnerability allows a threat actor to bypass validations under certain conditions, as a result of the use of unsafe URL parsing methods built in the language," Israeli cybersecurity firm Oxeye said in a report shared with The Hacker News. The issue, at its core, has to do with inconsistencies stemming from changes introduced to Golang's URL parsing logic that's implemented in the "net/url" library. While versions of the programming language prior to 1.17 treated semicolons as a valid query delimiter (e.g., example.com?a=1;b=2&c=3), this behavior has since been modified to throw an error upon finding a query string containing a semicolon. "The net/url and net/http packages used to accept ";" (semicolon) as a setting separat
Hands-on Review: Cynomi AI-powered vCISO Platform

Hands-on Review: Cynomi AI-powered vCISO Platform

Apr 10, 2024vCISO / Risk Assessment
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