Talos Threat Source is a regular intelligence update from Cisco Talos, highlighting the biggest threats each week and other security news.
Welcome to this week’s Threat Source newsletter — the perfect place to get caught up on all things Talos from the past week.
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This was a heavy week for vulnerability discovery. Snort rules are loaded up with protections against a recent wave of attacks centered around a critical Oracle WebLogic bug. We also discovered vulnerabilities in SQLite and three different Jenkins plugins.
Finally, we also have our weekly Threat Roundup, which you can find on the blog every Friday afternoon. There, we go over the most prominent threats we’ve seen (and blocked) over the past week.
Location: Industriens Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Synopsis: Paul will give an overview of an espionage campaign targeting the Middle East that we called “DNSpionage.” First, he will go over the malware and its targets and then talk about the process the attackers took to direct DNSs. The talk will include a timeline of all events in this attack, including an alert from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Location: ILEC Conference Centre, London, England
Synopsis: Privacy has become a more public issue over time with the advent of instant messaging and social media. Secure Instant Messaging (SIM) has even become a problem for governments to start worrying about. While many people are using these messaging apps, it’s opened up the door for attackers to create phony, malicious apps that claim to offer the same services. In this talk, Paul will show various examples of these cloned applications and the different techniques used to send data back to the attacker.
Description: Attackers continue to spread malware by exploiting a critical vulnerability in Oracle WebLogic. The bug, identified as CVE-2019-2725, was disclosed and patched last week. However, as users have been slow to update, attackers are still able to exploit this vulnerability to deliver ransomware, specifically Gandcrab and XMRig.
Description: Cisco released a security update for several of its products, including one critical bug in the SSH key management for the Nexus 9000 series Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode switch software. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by connecting to a machine via SSH, which could allow them to connect to the system with the same privileges as a root user.
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