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@RISK provides a reliable weekly summary of (1) newly discovered attack vectors, (2) vulnerabilities with active new exploits, (3) insightful explanations of how recent attacks worked, and other valuable data

A key purpose of the @RISK is to provide the data that will ensure that the 20 Critical Controls (the US and UK benchmark for effective protection of networked systems) continue to be the most effective defenses for all known attack vectors. But since it is also valuable for security practitioners, SANS is making it available to the 145,000 security practitioners who have completed SANS security training and others at their organizations who hope to stay current with the offensive methods in use.

September 20, 2012

@RISK: The Consensus Security Vulnerability Alert

Vol. 12, Num. 38

Providing a reliable, weekly summary of newly discovered attack vectors, vulnerabilities with active exploits, and explanations of how recent attacks worked.



MOST POPULAR MALWARE FILES 9/11/2012 - 9/18/2012

TOP VULNERABILITY THIS WEEK: A zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 9 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. This impacts a large number of systems spanning from Windows XP to Windows 7. There are indications that exploits are already being used by criminals in the wild.



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Title: Internet Explorer use-after-free 0-day vulnerability
Description: A new vulnerability has been discovered that affects Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 9 on Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 and is being actively exploited in the wild. The vulnerability is a "use-after-free" and allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. As information related to this vulnerability is widely available, and given that a module has been released for the Metasploit framework, we encourage users to use Microsoft's Enhanced Mitagation Experience Toolkit or even better, consider not using Internet Explorer (or applications that make use of Internet Explorer) on the affected platforms until a patch is released.
Snort SID: 24210, 24212
ClamAV: JS.Exploit.CVE_2012_4969

Title: CVE-2012-4681 - Java vulnerability still actively exploited in the wild
Description: While this vulnerability has been disclosed a few weeks ago and has been patched more recently, we want to still bring attention to this vulnerability as it is a given that not all installations of Java have been patched. The vulnerability has been ported to Metasploit, and rolled into the popular Blackhole exploit kit. The Sourcefire VRT has observed active in-the-wild exploitation and the nature of the bug will make it a low hanging fruit for cybercriminals looking to target unpatched machines. Users are urged to patch immediately.
Snort SID: 24018-24028, 24036-24038
ClamAV: Java.Exploit.Agent, Java.Exploit.Agent-[1-2], WIN.Trojan.Agent-131


New Metasploit module: Internet Explorer use-after-free vulnerability CVE-2012-4969

Analyzing malware through the Atom Tables with Volatility

Intel SMEP overview and partial bypass on Windows 8

Full Analysis of Flame's C&C servers

Tutorial on Anti-Debugging Techniques

Possible Update to the Blackhole Exploit Kit

Modified Enfal Variants Compromise 874 systems

Dancing Penguins - A Case of Organized Android Pay Per Install


This is a list of recent vulnerabilities for which exploits are available. System administrators can use this list to help in prioritization of their remediation activities. The Qualys Vulnerability Research Team compiles this information based on various exploit frameworks, exploit databases, exploit kits and monitoring of internet activity.

ID: : US-CERT VU#480095
Title: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7/8/9 contain a use-after-free vulnerability
Vendor: Microsoft
Description: Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, and 9 are susceptible to a use-after-free vulnerability that may result in remote code execution.
CVSS v2 Base Score: 9.7 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:P)

ID: : CVE-2012-4681
Title: Java 7 Applet Remote Code Execution
Vendor: Oracle
Description: Oracle Java 7 Update 6, and possibly other versions, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted applet, as exploited in the wild in August 2012 using Gondzz.class and Gondvv.class.
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.8 (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

ID: : CVE-2012-1535
Title: Adobe Flash Player 11.3 Font Parsing Code Execution
Vendor: Adobe
Description: Unspecified vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player before 11.3.300.271 on Windows and Mac OS X and before on Linux allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (application crash) via crafted SWF content, as exploited in the wild in August 2012 with SWF content in a Word document.
CVSS v2 Base Score: 9.3 (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID: : CVE-2012-3579
Title: Symantec Messaging Gateway SSH Default Password Security Bypass Vulnerability
Vendor: Symantec
Description: Symantec Messaging Gateway before 10.0 has a default password for an unspecified account, which makes it easier for remote attackers to obtain privileged access via an SSH session.
CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.9 (AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID: : CVE-2012-4577
Title: Korenix Jetport 5600 Series Default Credentials Authentication Bypass Vulnerability
Vendor: Korenix
Description: The Linux firmware image on (1) Korenix Jetport 5600 series serial-device servers and (2) ORing Industrial DIN-Rail serial-device servers has a hardcoded password of "password" for the root account, which allows remote attackers to obtain administrative access via an SSH session.
CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

MOST POPULAR MALWARE FILES 9/11/2012 - 9/18/2012:

SHA 256: 9A09BCC1402050E371E13056B606BBDE8DF15CD87732B28C8BDDB863B1C65302
MD5: 923c4d13bee966654f4fe4a8945af0ae

Typical Filename: winhsebb.exe
Claimed Product: winhsebb.exe
Claimed Publisher: winhsebb.exe

SHA 256: 0585CDC0293EA6B8C86482608C08C583BF32E12CFA59D143F4A0411D2894C0F3
MD5: b3b9295385f4e74d023181e5a24f4d83

Typical Filename:
Claimed Product:
Claimed Publisher:

SHA 256: DF83A0D6940600E4C4954F4874FCD4DD73E781E6690C3BF56F51C95285484A3C
MD5: 25aa9bb549ecc7bb6100f8d179452508

Typical Filename: smona_df83a0d6940600e4c4954f4874fcd4dd73e781e6690c3bf56f51c95285484a3c.bin
Claimed Product: smona_df83a0d6940600e4c4954f4874fcd4dd73e781e6690c3bf56f51c95285484a3c.bin
Claimed Publisher: smona_df83a0d6940600e4c4954f4874fcd4dd73e781e6690c3bf56f51c95285484a3c.bin

SHA 256: AA0BBAECB678868E1E7F57C7CA9D61B608B3D788BE490790EB1D148BEADF4615
MD5: 3291e1603715c47a23b60a8bf2ca73db

Typical Filename: 123
Claimed Product: 123
Claimed Publisher: 123


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