A zero-day extensible markup language (XML) external entity (XXE) injection vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) was recently disclosed by security researcher John Page. An attacker can reportedly exploit this vulnerability to steal confidential information or exfiltrate local files from the victim’s machine. Page tested the vulnerability in the latest version of IE (11) with current patches on Windows 7 and 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems. We looked at its attack chain to better understand how the security flaw works and how it can be mitigated.Read More
Microsoft released 77 updates, along with three new advisories, in this month’s Patch Tuesday. The bulletin patches four publicly known bugs, rated Important, and one that is under active attack. It includes fixes for ChakraCore, Edge, Exchange Server, Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft Windows, Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, Azure, Team Foundation Services, and the .NET Framework.Read More
We discovered a high-risk Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerability in the wild on July 11, just a day after Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday. We immediately sent Microsoft the details to help fix this flaw. While this vulnerability, now designated as CVE-2018-8373, affects the VBScript engine in the latest versions of Windows, Internet Explorer 11 is not vulnerable since VBScript in Windows 10 Redstone 3 (RS3) has been effectively disabled by default.Read More
An exploit kit such as Rig usually starts off with a threat actor compromising a website to inject a malicious script/code that eventually redirects would-be victims to the exploit kit’s landing page. Sometime around February to March last year, however, we saw Rig’s Seamless campaign adding another layer or gate before the actual landing page.
Along with updates in code, we also observed Rig integrating a cryptocurrency-mining malware as its final payload. Based on the latest activities we’ve observed from Rig, they’re now also exploiting CVE-2018-8174, a remote code execution vulnerability patched in May and reported to be actively exploited. The exploit also appears to be from a recently disclosed proof of concept. The security flaw affects systems running Windows 7 and later operating systems, and the exploit works through Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office documents that use the vulnerable script engine.Read More
Exploiting CVE-2016-3298 enables attackers to check for specific antivirus (AV) software installed in the system in order to avoid AV detection and threat research/analysis. This sounds innocuous, but determining if the system is unsecure eases—and even automates—the undertaking of sneaking malware into it.Read More