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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.

November 29, 2012
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@RISK: The Consensus Security Vulnerability Alert

Vol. 12, Num. 48

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

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CONTENTS:

NOTABLE RECENT SECURITY ISSUES
USEFUL EXPLANATIONS OF HOW NEW ATTACKS WORK
VULNERABILITIES FOR WHICH EXPLOITS ARE AVAILABLE
MOST POPULAR MALWARE FILES 11/15/2012 - 11/21/2012
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TOP VULNERABILITY THIS WEEK: SCADA security continues to be a hot-button issue, with a pair of vendors claiming a massive cache of 0-day remote code execution bugs in a variety of product suites. Details are sketchy at best for the time being, but users of potentially impacted software are urged to work with ICS-CERT and their vendor(s) to resolve the problems as soon as information about these exploits surfaces.

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TRAINING UPDATE

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NOTABLE RECENT SECURITY ISSUES
SELECTED BY THE SOURCEFIRE VULNERABILITY RESEARCH TEAM

Title: Multiple SCADA 0-Day Remote Exploits
Description: Responding to claims by Maltese security firm ReVuln that it had discovered multiple remotely exploitable bugs in different SCADA systems, but would not be supplying details of the bugs to impacted vendors, reverse-engineering firm Exodus Intel has provided details of 23 distinct SCADA vulnerabilities - including a number of remote code execution bugs - to ICS-CERT, the US government organization specifically in charge of SCADA security. While no details of either set of vulnerabilities has been released to date, users of potentially impacted software are urged to contact ICS-CERT for mitigation information as soon as possible, and to work with their vendors to patch promptly once updates become available.
Reference:
http://blog.exodusintel.com/2012/11/25/what-does-a-flightless-bird-and-scad[..]
Snort SID: N/A
ClamAV: N/A

Title: Samsung Printer Backdoor Account
Description: Network-aware printers manufactured by Samsung before October 31, 2012 (including some Dell printers actually built by Samsung) have a hard-coded SNMP read-write community string, which enables full administrative access to the device - even when SNMP has been disabled by the user. A patch is currently being developed by Samsung; in the interim, users should consider blocking all SNMP traffic to impacted printers, which likely contain sensitive information that could be used by an attacker or industrial spy.
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