Data Security News Headlines 6th October 2017

  1. FormBook—Cheap Password Stealing Malware Used In Targeted Attacks

The Sophisticated hackers always changed the way they conduct targeted cyber operations—instead of investing in zero-days and developing their malware. Now hackers are targeting users using password stealing malware called as FormBook. Security researchers from multiple security firms, including Arbor Networks and FireEye, independently discovered a series of malware campaigns primarily targeting aerospace, defence contractors and manufacturing sectors in various countries, including the United States, Thailand, South Korea and India. According to the researcher, the attackers in each campaign are primarily using emails to distribute the FormBook malware as an attachment in different forms, including PDFs with malicious download links, DOC and XLS files with malicious macros, and archive files (ZIP, RAR, ACE, and ISOs) containing EXE payloads. After the successful installation of malware on a target system, the malware injects itself into various processes and starts capturing keystrokes and extracts stored passwords and other sensitive data from multiple applications, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Skype, Safari, Vivaldi, Q-360, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, 3D-FTP, FileZilla, and WinSCP.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect yourself from such a malware avoid opening any spam e-mails, avoid downloading software from untrusted sources, never click on any links without verifying, keep using reputed antivirus in your system and pay attention while online.

  1. Apache Tomcat Patches Important Remote Code Execution Flaw

Apache Tomcat, developed by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), is an open source web server and servlet system, which uses several Java EE specifications like Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Expression Language, and WebSocket, and provides a “pure Java” HTTP web server environment for Java concept to run in. The Apache Tomcat team has recently patched several security vulnerabilities in Apache Tomcat, one of which could allow an unauthorized attacker to execute malicious code on affected servers remotely. The critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability (CVE-2017-12617) discovered in Apache Tomcat is due to insufficient validation of user-supplied input by the affected software. To Exploiting this vulnerability requires an attacker to upload a maliciously crafted Java Server Page (JSP) file to a targeted server running an affected version of Apache Tomcat, and the code contained in the JSP file would be executed by the server when the file is requested.

Cyber Security Tips:  Administrators are strongly recommended to apply the software updates as soon as possible and are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access as well as monitor affected systems.

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