The Linux vulnerability called Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195) was first disclosed to the public in 2016. The vulnerability was discovered in upstream Linux platforms such as Redhat, and Android, which kernel is based on Linux. It is categorized as a serious privilege escalation flaw that allows an attacker to gain root access on the targeted system. Dirty COW attacks on Android has been silent since its discovery, perhaps because it took attackers some time to build a stable exploit for major devices. Almost a year later, Trend Micro researchers captured samples of ZNIU (detected as AndroidOS_ZNIU)—the first malware family to exploit the vulnerability on the Android platform.Read More
In July 2016, we worked with @kafeine of Proofpoint to help bring down the AdGholas malvertising campaign. This campaign started operating in 2015, which affected a million users per day during its peak before it was shut down earlier this year. It used the Angler and Neutrino exploit kits to attack victims. It also used steganography to hide malicious code within a picture.
In the process of working on this campaign, we found and analyzed an information disclosure vulnerability in both Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. We worked with Microsoft to address this flaw, named as CVE-2016-3351. Previously considered as a zero-day vulnerability, this issue was fixed in MS16-104 for Internet Explorer and MS16-105 for Edge, which was released though a patch earlier this week.Read More
Earlier this week, an independent researcher publicly disclosed a severe vulnerability in MySQL. This is a very popular open-source DBMS which is used by many organizations to manage their backend databases and websites. Proof of concept code was provided as part of the disclosure.
This particular vulnerability was designated as CVE-2016-6662, one of two serious flaws that the researcher found. This vulnerability allows an attacker to create the MySQL configuration file without having the privileges to do so, effectively taking over the server. The other assigned as CVE-2016-6663 has not yet been disclosed.Read More
ImageMagick is a popular software suite that is used to display, convert, and edit images. On May 3, security researchers publicly disclosed multiple vulnerabilities in the open-source image processing tool in this suite, one of which could potentially allow remote attackers to take over websites.Read More
Following its release of a security update for Acrobat and Reader, Adobe has released another one, this time to address 23 reported vulnerabilities in Flash. In its advisory (APSB16-08), Adobe notes that this patch addresses critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attack to gain control of an affected system. They further note that one of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2016-1010) “is being used in limited, targeted attacks.”Read More