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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

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October 25, 2012

@RISK: The Consensus Security Vulnerability Alert

Vol. 12, Num. 43

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 10/18/2012 - 10/25/2012

TOP VULNERABILITY THIS WEEK: Oracle announced that it would not be patching the recently discovered Java sandbox breakout vulnerability until February 2013. While exploits are not known to be circulating in the wild at this point, as researcher Adam Gowdiak has kept a tight lid on the technique, enough details are available that users should consider the likelihood of future exploitation very high. Researchers around the globe are urging Java users to disable it in their browser if at all possible, and to at least ensure that other Critical Patch Updates from Oracle are being installed in the interim.

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Title: Oracle announces Java 0-day to remain unpatched until February
Description: A Java sandbox escape vulnerability discovered by Polish researcher Adam Gowdiak in September will not be fixed until the February 2012 Oracle Critical Patch Update, according to the firm. While Oracle claims that this is due to extensive testing of a complex fix, Gowdiak counters that he was able to fix the bug in under a half an hour in the open-source version of Java. While no details of the vulnerability have been released publicly, and no indication of exploitation in the wild has surfaced to date, the considerable delay in an official patch leaves users at what many would consider undue risk of attack. The Sourcefire VRT strongly recommends that users disable Java in their browsers in the interim.
Snort SID: N/A
ClamAV: N/A

Title: Novell ZENWorks default admin credentials
Description: Version 7.5 of Novell's ZENWorks Asset Management system contains hard-coded administrative credentials in a pair of web-accessible functions. Attackers can use a web browser to leverage these functions into the ability to read arbitrary files on the impacted system and retrieve the plaintext credentials for the service itself. A Metasploit module exploiting this weakness also exists. Users should patch their systems immediately, as this vulnerability represents a trivial entry point into a network.
Snort SID: 24435, 24436
ClamAV: N/A

Title: New heap spray technique released
Description: Researchers with Core Labs have released proof-of-concept code for a new heap spray technique targeting the HTML 5 framework. Functional against most modern browsers, this technique is also effective against smartphones, media centers, and other devices which render HTML 5. Attacks in the wild are presumed to exist at this time, given the relative ease of plugging the PoC code into existing exploitation frameworks.
Snort SID: 24432, 24433
ClamAV: HTML.Exploit.Heap, HTML.Exploit.Heap-1

Title: Anonymous publishes 1.35 GB of data from Italian State Police
Description: A massive collection of sensitive files from Italian State Police servers, including details of wiretaps, security system internals, etc., was released by Anonymous on Tuesday. Potentially much more destructive than recent DDoS attacks, the impact from this disclosure could last well into the future, causing political and/or operational damage for the Italian government and possibly others.
Snort SID: N/A
ClamAV: N/A


An empirical study of zero-day attacks in the real world:

Two year old PDF exploit returns to popularity

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How To Fight "Socware" - Malware On Facebook And Other Social Networks

Russian cybercriminals release new DIY DDoS malware loader:

Service sells access to Fortune 500 firms:

Old habits die hard: XSS in Dropbox & Google Drive mobile apps:

Google Drive opens backdoor to Google accounts


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-2012-3137
Title: Oracle Database Password Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Vendor: Oracle
Description: The authentication protocol in Oracle Database Server,,,,, and allows remote attackers to obtain the session key and salt for arbitrary users, which leaks information about the cryptographic hash and makes it easier to conduct brute force password guessing attacks, aka "stealth password cracking vulnerability."
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.4 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N)

MOST POPULAR MALWARE FILES 10/11/2012 - 10/18/12::

SHA 256: CB85D393C4E0DB5A1514C21F9C51BA4C12D82B7FABD9724616758AE528A5B16B
MD5: 7961a56c11ba303f20f6a59a506693ff
Typical Filename: C8A787C22000AE378610003396E67500D587FA4E.exe
Claimed Product: My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer and FireFox
Claimed Publisher:

SHA 256: DF83A0D6940600E4C4954F4874FCD4DD73E781E6690C3BF56F51C95285484A3C
MD5: 25aa9bb549ecc7bb6100f8d179452508
Typical Filename:
Claimed Product:
Claimed Publisher:

SHA 256: AA0BBAECB678868E1E7F57C7CA9D61B608B3D788BE490790EB1D148BEADF4615
MD5: 3291e1603715c47a23b60a8bf2ca73db
Typical Filename: avz00001.dta
Claimed Product: avz00001.dta
Claimed Publisher: avz00001.dta

SHA 256: 9A09BCC1402050E371E13056B606BBDE8DF15CD87732B28C8BDDB863B1C65302
MD5: 923c4d13bee966654f4fe4a8945af0ae
Typical Filename: winoaox.exe
Claimed Product: winoaox.exe
Claimed Publisher: winoaox.exe

SHA 256: E0B193D47609C9622AA018E81DA69C24B921F2BA682F3E18646A0D09EC63AC2B
MD5: bf31a8d79f704f488e3dbcb6eea3b3e3
Typical Filename: bf31a8d79f704f488e3dbcb6eea3b3e3
Claimed Product: bf31a8d79f704f488e3dbcb6eea3b3e3
Claimed Publisher: bf31a8d79f704f488e3dbcb6eea3b3e3


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