Trend Micro detected a new variant of Android Remote Access Tool (AndroRAT) (identified as ANDROIDOS_ANDRORAT.HRXC) that has the ability to inject root exploits to perform malicious tasks such as silent installation, shell command execution, WiFi password collection, and screen capture. This AndroRAT targets CVE-2015-1805, a publicly disclosed vulnerability in 2016 that allows attackers to penetrate a number of older Android devices to perform its privilege escalation.Read More
Skidmap, a Linux malware that we recently stumbled upon, demonstrates the increasing complexity of recent cryptocurrency-mining threats. This malware is notable because of the way it loads malicious kernel modules to keep its cryptocurrency mining operations under the radar.
These kernel-mode rootkits are not only more difficult to detect compared to its user-mode counterparts — attackers can also use them to gain unfettered access to the affected system. A case in point: the way Skidmap can also set up a secret master password that gives it access to any user account in the system. Conversely, given that many of Skidmap’s routines require root access, the attack vector that Skidmap uses — whether through exploits, misconfigurations, or exposure to the internet — are most likely the same ones that provide the attacker root or administrative access to the system.Read More
We discovered a double free vulnerability (assigned as CVE-2019-8635) in macOS. The vulnerability is caused by a memory corruption flaw in the AMD component. If successfully exploited, an attacker can implement privilege escalation and execute malicious code on the system with root privileges.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
The Trend Micro Forward Looking Threat Research team recently obtained samples of a new rootkit family from one of our trusted partners. This rootkit family called Umbreon (sharing the same name as the Pokémon) targets Linux systems, including systems running both Intel and ARM processors, expanding the scope of this threat to include embedded devices as well. We detect Umbreon under the ELF_UMBREON family.Read More