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Remote Execution Flaw Threatens Apps Built Using Spring Framework — Patch Now

Remote Execution Flaw Threatens Apps Built Using Spring Framework — Patch Now

April 06, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Security researchers have discovered three vulnerabilities in the Spring Development Framework, one of which is a critical remote code execution flaw that could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code against applications built with it. Spring Framework is a popular, lightweight and an open source framework for developing Java-based enterprise applications. In an advisory released today by Pivotal, the company detailed following three vulnerabilities discovered in Spring Framework versions 5.0 to 5.0.4, 4.3 to 4.3.14, and older unsupported versions: Critical : Remote Code Execution with spring-messaging (CVE-2018-1270) High : Directory Traversal with Spring MVC on Windows (CVE-2018-1271) Low : Multipart Content Pollution with Spring Framework (CVE-2018-1272) Vulnerable Spring Framework versions expose STOMP clients over WebSocket endpoints with an in-memory STOMP broker through the 'spring-messaging' module, which could allow an attacker to send a mali
Google Employees Help Thousands Of Open Source Projects Patch Critical ‘Mad Gadget Bug’

Google Employees Help Thousands Of Open Source Projects Patch Critical ‘Mad Gadget Bug’

March 02, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Last year Google employees took an initiative to help thousands of Open Source Projects patch a critical remote code execution vulnerability in a widely used Apache Commons Collections (ACC) library. Dubbed Operation Rosehub , the initiative was volunteered by some 50 Google employees, who utilized 20 percent of their work time to patch over 2600 open source projects on Github, those were vulnerable to "Mad Gadget vulnerability." Mad Gadget vulnerability ( CVE-2015-6420 ) is a remote code execution bug in the Java deserialization used by the Apache Commons Collections (ACC) library that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a system. The ACC Library is widely deployed by many Java applications to decode data passed between computers. To exploit this flaw, all an unauthorized attacker need to do is submit maliciously crafted input to an application on a targeted system that uses the ACC library. Once the vulnerable ACC libra
Oracle Issues Emergency Java Update for Windows

Oracle Issues Emergency Java Update for Windows

February 08, 2016Swati Khandelwal
The US-based software maker Oracle delivered an unusual out-of-box emergency patch for Java in an effort to fix a during-installation flaw on the Windows platforms. The successful exploitation of the critical vulnerability, assigned CVE-2016-0603 , could allow an attacker to trick an unsuspecting user into visiting a malicious website and downloading files to the victim's system before installing Java 6, 7 or 8. Although the vulnerability is considered relatively complex to exploit, a successful attack results in " complete compromise " of the target's machine. What You Need to Know About the Java Exploit The successful attack requires an attacker to trick a suitably unskilled user for opening a Java release even though the user is nowhere near the Java Website. Since the existence of the loophole is only during the installation process, users are not required to upgrade their existing Java installations in order to address the vulnerability.
Oracle Ordered to Publicly Admit Misleading Java Security Updates

Oracle Ordered to Publicly Admit Misleading Java Security Updates

December 22, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Security issues have long tantalized over 850 Million users that have Oracle's Java software installed on their computers. The worst thing is that the software was not fully updated or secure for years, exposing millions of PCs to attack. And for this reason, Oracle is now paying the price. Oracle has been accused by the US government of misleading consumers about the security of its Java software. Oracle is settling with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it " deceived " its customers by failing to warn them about the security upgrades. Java is a software that comes pre-installed on many computers and helps them run web applications, including online calculators, chatrooms, games, and even 3D image viewing. Oracle Left Over 850 Million PCs at Risk The FTC has issued a press release that says it has won concessions in a settlement with Oracle over its failure to uninstall older and insecure Java SE software from customer PCs u
Oracle releases 169 Updates, Including 19 Patches for JAVA Vulnerabilities

Oracle releases 169 Updates, Including 19 Patches for JAVA Vulnerabilities

January 21, 2015Mohit Kumar
Get Ready to update your Java program as Oracle has released its massive patch package for multiple security vulnerabilities in its software. The United States software maker Oracle releases its security updates every three months on Tuesday, which it referred to as " Critical Patch Updates " (CPU). Yesterday, Oracle released its first quarterly CPU-date of this year, issuing a total of 169 security fixes for hundreds of its products including Java, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager and MySQL. The security update for Oracle’s popular browser plug-in Java addresses vulnerabilities in the software, 14 of which could be remotely exploitable without authentication, that means an attacker wouldn't need a username and password to exploit them over a network. Four Java flaws were marked most severe and received a score of 10.0 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) , the most critical ranking. Nine other Java flaws given a CVSS Base Score of 6.0
Update Your Java to Patch 20 Vulnerabilities Or Just Disable it

Update Your Java to Patch 20 Vulnerabilities Or Just Disable it

July 16, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Today, Oracle has released its quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU) for the month of July, as part of its monthly security bulletin, in which it fixes a total of 113 new security vulnerabilities for hundreds of the company’s products. The security update for Oracle’s popular browser plug-in Java addresses 20 vulnerabilities in the software, all of which are remotely exploitable without authentication, that means an attacker wouldn't need a username and password to exploit them over a network. MOST CRITICAL ONE TO PATCH FIRST Oracle uses the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) to provide an open and standardized rating of the security holes it finds in its products. One or more of the Java vulnerabilities received the most “critical” rating according to Oracle’s Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), i.e. base score of 10 or near. Although, numerous other Oracle products and software components addressed in the latest security updates, which address
Oracle releases Critical Update to Patch 104 Vulnerabilities

Oracle releases Critical Update to Patch 104 Vulnerabilities

April 16, 2014Wang Wei
It’s time to update your Java program as Oracle has released its massive patch package for multiple security vulnerabilities. The United States software maker Oracle releases its security updates every three months, which it referred to as " Critical Patch Updates " (CPU). Yesterday, Oracle released its second CPU-date of this year providing important updates that include a total of 104 vulnerabilities, the company has announced . From the overall vulnerabilities, 37 security vulnerabilities impact Java SE and several of these flaws are so serious that it can be remotely exploited by a malicious malware to gain system access and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of a local user. Successful exploitation also allows an attacker to manipulate certain local data on a system and can cause a DoS attack without the need of authentication credentials, which means the flaws can be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password to crashin
Caphaw Banking Malware Distributed via YouTube Ads

Caphaw Banking Malware Distributed via YouTube Ads

February 25, 2014Anonymous
More than one billion of unique visitor spend about 6 billion hours on YouTube to watch videos, according to monthly YouTube Stats. Security researchers from Bromium Labs recently found that YouTube advertising network has been abused by rogue advertisers to distribute malware. YouTube In-Stream Ads were redirecting users to malicious websites, hosting the ' Styx Exploit Kit ' and was exploiting client side vulnerabilities by drive-by-download attack to infect users' computer with Caphaw Banking Trojan . The Exploitation process relied upon a Java vulnerability ( CVE-2013-2460 ) and after getting dropped into the target computer system, the malware detects the Java version installed on the operating system and based upon it requests the suitable exploit. "We don’t yet know the exact bypass which the attackers used to evade Google’s internal advertisement security checks. Google has informed us that they’re conducting a full investigation of this abuse an
Java-Bot, a Cross-platform malware launching DDoS attacks from infected computers

Java-Bot, a Cross-platform malware launching DDoS attacks from infected computers

January 29, 2014Anonymous
These days botnets are all over the news. In simple terms, a botnet is a group of computers networked together, running a piece of malicious software that allows them to be controlled by a remote attacker. A major target for most of the malware is still Windows, but the growing market of Mac OS X, Linux and Smartphones, is also giving a solid reason to cyber criminals to focus. Recently, Kaspersky Lab has detected another cross-platform Java-Bot , capable of infecting computers running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that has Java Runtime Environment installed. Last year, Zoltan Balazs - CTO at MRG Effitas submitted the samples of malicious Java application for analysis to Kaspersky Lab and they identified it as HEUR : Backdoor.Java.Agent.a . According to researchers, to compromise computers, Java-Bot is exploiting a previously known critical Java vulnerability CVE-2013-2465 that was patched in last June. The vulnerability persists in Java 7 u21 and earlier vers
DDoS attack from Browser-based Botnets that lasted for 150 hours

DDoS attack from Browser-based Botnets that lasted for 150 hours

November 14, 2013Anonymous
Browser-based botnets are the T-1000s of the DDoS world. Just like the iconic villain of the old Judgment Day movie, they too are designed for adaptive infiltration. This is what makes them so dangerous. Where other more primitive bots would try to brute-force your defenses, these bots can simply mimic their way through the front gate. By the time you notice that something`s wrong, your perimeter has already been breached, your servers were brought down, and there is little left to do but to hang up and move on. So how do you flush out a T-1000? How do you tell a browser-based bot from a real person using a real browser? Some common bot filtering methods, which usually rely on sets of Progressive Challenges , are absolutely useless against bots that can retain cookies and execute JavaScripts. The alternative to indiscriminately flashing CAPTCHA’s for anyone with a browser is nothing less than a self-inflicted disaster - especially when the attacks can go on for weeks a
Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs networks hit by sophisticated Malware attack

Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs networks hit by sophisticated Malware attack

November 01, 2013Mohit Kumar
Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV3 reports that the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affair networks has been targeted in a four-year-long cyber espionage operation. Finland's foreign minister said, " I can confirm there has been a severe and large hacking in the ministry's data network ," A large scale spying attack   targeted the communications between Finland and the European Union using  a malware , similar to, and more sophisticated than Red October . The breach was uncovered during the early part of this year. MTV3 also mentioned that the breach was not discovered by the Finns themselves, but from a foreign tip-off reported to CERT.FI. Further the Finnish authorities kept the information under wraps for continuing the forensics. There are indications that information with the lowest level security classification has been compromised, he said. In January, 2013, we had reported about Red October Cyber-espionage operation that targeted th
New Mac OS Malware exploited two known Java vulnerabilities

New Mac OS Malware exploited two known Java vulnerabilities

September 24, 2013Wang Wei
A new Mac OS Malware has been discovered called OSX/Leverage . A , which appears to be yet another targeted command-and-control Trojan horse, that creates a backdoor on an affected user’s machine. The Trojan named ' Leverage ' because the Trojan horse is distributed as an application disguised as a picture of two people kissing, possibly a scene from the television show " Leverage ". The attack launched via a Java applet from a compromised website and which drops a Java archive with the backdoor to the visitor's computer and launches it without a user intercation. To perform the attack, Malware uses two recently disclosed Java vulnerabilies  known as CVE-2013-2465 and CVE-2013-2471. Once it’s installed, the Trojan connects to the C&C server on port 7777. Security vendor Intego said that Malware linked to Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) , because after installation Malware attempt to download an image associated with the Syrian Electronic A
Java enabled browsers are highly vulnerable

Java enabled browsers are highly vulnerable

March 27, 2013Mohit Kumar
Oracle has released emergency patches multiple of times in recent months for Java for one after another set of vulnerabilities . About 100 million computers reported to be vulnerable to unauthorized access via different flaw in Java software. Department of Homeland Security's US-CERT already warned users to disable Java permanently to stop hackers from taking control of users' machines. Security experts advised,'T he best defense we have right now for these kinds of attacks is to disable Java in the browser forever' . According to Websense experts, Most browser installations use outdated versions of the Java plug-in that are vulnerable to at least one of several exploits used in popular web attack toolkit. Exploit kits are a very common tool for distribution of many Java-based threats. To detect the vulnerable Java versions that are installed on systems and Websense experts, used their technology via ' threat intelligence network' , which monitors bi
Two new Java zero-day vulnerabilities reported to Oracle

Two new Java zero-day vulnerabilities reported to Oracle

February 26, 2013Mohit Kumar
A Polish security firm ' Security Explorations' reported two new Java zero-day vulnerabilities , as “ issue 54 ” and “issue 55 ,” with proof of concept code to Oracle. Oracle's security team is currently investigating the issue, but the status flaws not yet confirmed by Oracle. Less than a week after Oracle released its latest Java critical patch update, Researcher and Security Explorations's CEO Adam Gowdiak  have found two previously unknown security issues affecting Java 7. Security experts generally advise users to disable the Java browser plugin, which was exploited in recent targeted attacks on developers at Facebook , Apple and Microsoft. Java has faced an increasing number of zero-day vulnerabilities, bugs that are exploited by criminals before those flaws are patched, or even known by the vendor. Gowdiak confirmed that these newest vulnerabilities can be combined to circumvent Java's anti-exploit sandbox technology and used to attack
Malware attack on Apple employees by hackers who targeted Facebook

Malware attack on Apple employees by hackers who targeted Facebook

February 20, 2013Mohit Kumar
The same ring of hackers that are responsible for hacking into at least 40 companies including Facebook and Twitter are reportedly also infected the computers of some Apple employees, the company acknowledged Tuesday. The purpose of hack considered an effort to steal company secrets, research and intellectual property that they can sell. Investigators tracked at least one server being used by the hacker ring to a hosting company in the Ukraine. " Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers, " the company said in its statement. " The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network ." Apple isolated the infected systems from its network and said there was no indication that any data
Facebook hacked in Zero-Day Attack

Facebook hacked in Zero-Day Attack

February 16, 2013Mohit Kumar
Facebook operator of the largest social network with more than 1 billion members, said on Friday it had been the target of an unidentified hacker group, but that no user information was compromised during the attack. The attack occurred when a handful of the company's employees visited a developer's compromised website, which led to malware being installed on their laptops. ‘ Last month, Facebook Security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack ,’ read the statement , despite the laptops being ‘ fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software. ’ Reports say Facebook knew about the attacks, which likely exploited a zero-day Java software flaw, well before the announcement. " We are working continuously and closely with our own internal engineering teams, with security teams at other companies, and with law enforcement authorities to learn everything we can about the attack, and how to prevent similar incidents in the
Hackers breach Twitter and 250,000 accounts compromised

Hackers breach Twitter and 250,000 accounts compromised

February 02, 2013Mohit Kumar
In recent The Hacker News updates, we have reported about some major hacking events and critical vulnerabilities i.e Cyber attack and spying on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal by Chinese Hackers,  Security Flaws in UPnP protocol , Botnet attack hack 16,000 Facebook accounts, 700,000 accounts hacked in Africa and new android malware that infect more that 620,000 users . Today Twitter also announced that they have recorded some unusual access patterns that is identified as unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. Unknown hackers breach Twitter this week and may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts " the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords " said Bob Lord ,Director of Information Security, at Twitter. For security reasons twitter have reset passwords and revoked session tokens
New Java exploit sells for $5000 on Black market

New Java exploit sells for $5000 on Black market

January 17, 2013Mohit Kumar
We continues to recommend users disable the Java program in their Web browsers, because it remains vulnerable to attacks that could result in identity theft and other cyber crimes and less than 24 hours after Oracle Sunday released a security update that addresses two critical zero-day vulnerabilities in Java that are being actively exploited by attackers, an online vulnerability seller began offering a brand-new Java bug for sale. According to a report , a Java exploits was being advertised for $5,000 a piece in an underground Internet forum and the new zero-day vulnerability was apparently already in at least one attacker's hands. The thread has since been deleted from the forum indicating a sale has been made, something sure to bring more concern to Oracle.Oracle can’t predict the future, and its engineers obviously can’t predict what exploits are going to be found in its software. The most recent hold Java fixed allowed hackers to enter a computer by using compro
Oracle Patches Java Zero Day Vulnerability

Oracle Patches Java Zero Day Vulnerability

January 16, 2013Mohit Kumar
Oracle delivered an unusual emergency patch to Java's critical Zero Day vulnerability on Sunday to fix a malicious bug that allowed hackers access to users web browsers. Exploits for the previously undisclosed flaw were being hosted in a number of exploit kits and attacks have already been seen in the wild dropping ransomware and assorted other malware. Security Alert CVE-2013-0422  include two vulnerabilities that are remotely executable. Oracle confirmed that the flaws were only present in Java 7 versions and did not impact Java on servers, Java desktop applications, or embedded Java. Java is used in 3 billion machines, about 2 billion of which are desktop or laptop computers. Similarly, Back in August last year, Oracle issued an urgent fix to seal a dangerous security flaw within its Java software that’s left thousands of computers wide open to malicious attacks from hackers. Lamar Bailey , director of security research and development for nCircle  said, “ We
Exploit Packs updated with New Java Zero-Day vulnerability

Exploit Packs updated with New Java Zero-Day vulnerability

January 10, 2013Mohit Kumar
A new Java 0-day vulnerability has been discovered, already wind in use by an exploit pack, taking advantage of a fresh zero-day vulnerability in Java and potentially letting hackers take over users’ machines. Java 7 Update 10 and earlier contain an unspecified vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. The flaw was first spotted by ‘Malware Don’t Need Coffee’ blog . This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. This exploit is already available in two Exploit Packs, that is available for $700 a quarter or $1,500 for a year. Similar tactics were used in CVE-2012-4681 , which was discovered last August. Source of this new Exploit available to download Here . The two most popular exploits packs used by hackers to distribute malware, the BlackHole Exploit Kit and the Cool Exploit Kit already having this latest Java Zero-Day exploit. Blackhole ki
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