For several days, rumors circulated about a serious vulnerability in Intel processors. It wasn’t until January 3 that the official disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities was made, and it became clear how serious the problems were. To summarize, Meltdown and Spectre both allow malicious code to read memory that they would normally not have permission to.Read More
BlueBorne is a set of vulnerabilities affecting the implementation of Bluetooth in iOS, Android, Linux, Windows and Mac OS* devices. According to the researchers who uncovered them, BlueBorne affects around 5.3 billion Bluetooth-enabled devices. The immediate mitigation for BlueBorne is to patch the device, if there’s any available, or to switch off the device’s Bluetooth connection if not needed.Read More
The exploit kit landscape has been rocky since 2016, and we’ve observed several of the major players—Angler, Nuclear, Neutrino, Sundown—take a dip in operations or go private. New kits have popped up sporadically since then, sometimes revamped from old sources, but none have really gained traction. Despite that fact, cybercriminals continue to develop more of them.
Mobile threats are trending upward, with vulnerability exploits gaining traction. The silver lining? More of these vulnerabilities are also disclosed, analyzed and detected. This helps better mitigate Android devices from zero-days and malware, enabling OEMs/vendors to more proactively respond to these threats. This is echoed by our continuous initiatives on Android vulnerability research: from June to August 2016, for instance, we’ve discovered and disclosed 13 vulnerabilities to Google. Their real-world impact ranges from battery drainage and unauthorized capture of photos, videos, and audio recordings, to system data leakage and remote control. This is on top of 16 other security flaws we’ve uncovered that were cited in Android/Google’s security bulletins from January to September this year.Read More
Almost every Patch Tuesday cycle contains one bulletin that (for convenience) rolls up multiple Internet Explorer vulnerabilities into a single bulletin. February’s Patch Tuesday cumulative IE bulletin (MS15-009) included a fix for a particularly interesting vulnerability that could be used to bypass one of the key anti-exploit technologies in use today, address space layout randomization…Read More