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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.

October 4, 2012

@RISK: The Consensus Security Vulnerability Alert

Vol. 12, 40

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 9/25/2012 - 10/04/12

TOP VULNERABILITY THIS WEEK: Adobe code signing infrastructure was compromised and malware was found in the wild that appeared to be signed using a valid Adobe certificate. There could potentially be thousands of malicious files out there that users could be tricked into running thinking that they are from a trusted source.

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**Featured Conference 1: National Cybersecurity Innovation Conference, Oct 3-5, Baltimore - featuring briefings by and exhibits all the vendors that have tools for automating the 20 critical controls and for continuous monitoring.

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--SANS Forensics Prague 2012 Prague, Czech Republic October 7-13, 2012
6 courses. Bonus evening presentations include Big Brother Forensics: Location-based Artifacts.

--SANS Singapore 2012 Singapore, Singapore October 8-20, 2012
5 courses, including the new Virtualization and Private Cloud Security course, and Advanced Forensics and Incident Response.
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Title: Adobe code signing certificate stolen
Description: Not a typical vulnerability, but a vulnerability nonetheless. Adobe code signing infrastructure was compromised and malware was found in the wild that appeared to be signed using a valid Adobe certificate. There could potentially be thousands of malware samples that users could be tricked into running thinking that they are from a trusted source.
Adobe plans to revoke all code signed after July 10, 2012 on October 4, 2012 and will have little to no impact on genuine Adobe software. More information about the impact of the revocation can be found here.
Snort SID: 64700, 64702, 64704
ClamAV: WIN.Trojan.Geeksmail, WIN.Trojan.Lanman2

Title: DDoS attacks against US banks
Description: Over the last two weeks, cyberattacks have disrupted the websites of U.S. banks, including Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, PNC Bank, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. While a group called "Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam" has claimed credit, citing outrageover the same controversial film that has caused riots throughout the Arab world, US officials including Senator Joe Lieberman have insinuated that Iran is actually sponsoring the attacks, questioning the ability of a group of activists to take down major corporations. The Sourcefire VRT has intelligence indicating that the attacks, wherever their origin, are using a script dubbed "itsoknoproblembro" (so called because of a status message it displays), which originally surfaced on PasteBin in January of this year.
Snort SID: Rate-based preprocessor
ClamAV: N/A

Title: Android dialer USSD code execution
Description: A vulnerability can allow an attacker to execute USSD codes automatically without user permission. Phone running Android 2.3.x ,3.x, 4.0.x and 4.1.x are vulnerable to the USSD attack. A user could use their phone visit a webpage that contains malicious code to permanently kill the SIM card or remotely wipe the device. Note that the remote wipe seems to only affect Samsung devices. Both Google and Samsung already have patches and are working with vendors and network operators to push them out to users.
Snort SID: 24250
ClamAV: -


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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: : CVE-2012-0507
Title: Oracle Java SE Remote Java Runtime Environment Code Execution Vulnerability
Vendor: Oracle
Description: Unspecified vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) component in Oracle Java SE 7 Update 2 and earlier, 6 Update 30 and earlier, and 5.0 Update 33 and earlier allows remote attackers to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability via unknown vectors related to Concurrency.
CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID: : CVE-2012-4969
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)

MOST POPULAR MALWARE FILES 9/25/2012 - 10/04/12:

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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