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January 25, 2018


     @RISK: The Consensus Security Vulnerability Alert

                    January 25, 2018 - Vol. 18, Num. 04

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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MOST PREVALENT MALWARE FILES 2018-01-16 - 2018-01-23


TOP VULNERABILITY THIS WEEK: Intel Halts CPU Microcode Updates For Meltdown/Spectre Following Technical Issues; Forthcoming Updates Expected

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Title: Intel Halts CPU Microcode Updates For Meltdown/Spectre Following Technical Issues; Forthcoming Updates Expected

Description: Intel has halted the distribution of CPU microcode updates designed to address Meltdown and Spectre. Technical issues have been identified in existing updates where systems could unexpectedly reboot. Intel has issued guidance to temporarily halt distributing and installing updates until a new CPU microcode update is made available and firmware images are updated




Snort SID: 45357-45368

Title: Oracle Released Quarterly Critical Patch Updates

Description: Oracle has released its quarterly set of security updates for various products and services. In total, 237 vulnerabilities were addressed. Twenty-one vulnerabilities were patched in Java, five in Oracle Database server, and twenty-five in MySQL.


Snort SID: Detection pending

Title: Multiple Memory Corruption Bugs in 7-Zip Identified and Patched

Description: Multiple memory corruption bugs in 7-Zip have been identified that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted host. The first vulnerability, CVE-2018-5996, manifests in how RAR archives are handled while the second, CVE-2017-17969, manifests in how ZIP Shrink archives are handled. Software updates that address these vulnerabilities have been developed and released.


Snort SID: Detection pending



Remote Code Execution on the Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000

Compromising IPv4 Networks via IPv6: mitm6

Surprising CTF task solution using php://filter

Hacker Infects Gas Pumps with Code to Cheat Customers

SamSam - The Evolution Continues Netting Over $325,000 in 4 Weeks





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


ID:     CVE-2017-17562

Title:     EmbedThis GoAhead Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Vendor: EmbedThis GoAhead

Description: Embedthis GoAhead before 3.6.5 allows remote code execution if CGI is enabled and a CGI program is dynamically linked. This is a result of initializing the environment of forked CGI scripts using untrusted HTTP request parameters in the cgiHandler function in cgi.c. When combined with the glibc dynamic linker, this behaviour can be abused for remote code execution using special parameter names such as LD_PRELOAD. An attacker can POST their shared object payload in the body of the request, and reference it using /proc/self/fd/0.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-8759

Title:     Microsoft .NET Framework Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Vendor: Microsoft

Description: A remote code execution vulnerability exists when Microsoft .NET Framework processes untrusted input. Microsoft is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2017-8759 exists in the wild and is being used in targeted attacks.

Microsoft published a .NET security update to address this issue.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-9805

Title:     Apache Struts REST plugin Remote Code Execution (S2-052)

Vendor: Apache Struts

Description: The REST Plugin is using a XStreamHandler with an instance of XStream for deserialization without any type filtering and this can lead to Remote Code Execution when deserializing XML payloads.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-0037

Title:     Microsoft Internet Explorer Remote Code Execution (MS17-007)

Vendor: Microsoft

Description: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and 11 and Microsoft Edge have a type confusion issue in the Layout::MultiColumnBoxBuilder::HandleColumnBreakOnColumnSpanningElement function in mshtml.dll, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via vectors involving a crafted Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) token sequence and crafted JavaScript code that operates on a TH element.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.6 (AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-0145

Title:     Microsoft Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Vendor: Microsoft

Description: The SMBv1 server in Microsoft Windows Vista SP2; Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 SP1; Windows 7 SP1; Windows 8.1; Windows Server 2012 Gold and R2; Windows RT 8.1; and Windows 10 Gold, 1511, and 1607; and Windows Server 2016 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via crafted packets, aka "Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability." This vulnerability is different from those described in CVE-2017-0143, CVE-2017-0144, CVE-2017-0146, and CVE-2017-0148.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-0290

Title:     Microsoft Malware Protection Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Vendor: Microsoft

Description: NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within any file scanned by this engine.  

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-3881

Title:     Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software Cluster Management Protocol Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Vendor: Cisco

Description: A vulnerability in the Cisco Cluster Management Protocol (CMP) processing code in Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XE Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of an affected device or remotely execute code with elevated privileges. The Cluster Management Protocol utilizes Telnet internally as a signaling and command protocol between cluster members. The vulnerability is due to the combination of two factors: (1) the failure to restrict the use of CMP-specific Telnet options only to internal, local communications between cluster members and instead accept and process such options over any Telnet connection to an affected device; and (2) the incorrect processing of malformed CMP-specific Telnet options. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed CMP-specific Telnet options while establishing a Telnet session with an affected Cisco device configured to accept Telnet connections. An exploit could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code and obtain full control of the device or cause a reload of the affected device. This affects Catalyst switches, Embedded Service 2020 switches, Enhanced Layer 2 EtherSwitch Service Module, Enhanced Layer 2/3 EtherSwitch Service Module, Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module (CGESM) for HP, IE Industrial Ethernet switches, ME 4924-10GE switch, RF Gateway 10, and SM-X Layer 2/3 EtherSwitch Service Module. Cisco Bug IDs: CSCvd48893.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

ID:     CVE-2017-5638

Title:     Apache Struts2 Input Validation Code Execution Vulnerability

Vendor: Apache

Description: The Jakarta Multipart parser in Apache Struts 2 2.3.x before 2.3.32 and 2.5.x before mishandles file upload, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via a #cmd= string in a crafted Content-Type HTTP header, as exploited in the wild in March 2017.

CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)


MOST PREVALENT MALWARE FILES 2018-01-16 - 2018-01-23



SHA 256: 99550ea419a3f49ee1154c9d5ae99b7f925a783028f87286584a0c9fe7bab4f0

MD5: 5bafb135e1d7ba0a5acd0fbbeb2a93e1


Typical Filename:

Claimed Product: Advanced Mac Cleaner

Detection Name: W32.99550EA419-95.SBX.TG

SHA 256: be904d34fdc803c60df5ddde64016e3ab1bd331d2875b863c6085acc24557394

MD5: 15a05c3741d7374cdf8a2dc20c58c3cf


Typical Filename: ipts.exe

Claimed Product: Traffic Spirit

Detection Name: W32.Variant:Gen.21cu.1201

SHA 256: 7c8e2fa9c2e79093834cb0dd04d41a9a0022ada60920c1ee5423a967f30acff8

MD5: 5d60516dc6b946a3f0074839003a64a4


Typical Filename: 5d60516dc6b946a3f0074839003a64a471a5d38f886a617e053f3efc809029f3701c6036160091.dll

Claimed Product: (none)

Detection Name: W32.Worm:Malwaregen.20mi.1201

SHA 256: 15716598f456637a3be3d6c5ac91266142266a9910f6f3f85cfd193ec1d6ed8b

MD5: 799b30f47060ca05d80ece53866e01cc


Typical Filename: mf2016341595.exe

Claimed Product: (none)

Detection Name: W32.Generic:Gen.21cp.1201

SHA 256: 4e8449f84509f4d72b0b4baa4b8fd70571baaf9642f47523810ee933e972ebd9

MD5: 46fecfa6c32855c4fbf12d77b1dc761d


Typical Filename: 2018-1.xls

Claimed Product: N/A

Detection Name: W32.4E8449F845-100.SBX.TG


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