Category Archives: Potential Risk of CVE

Cisco IOS XE Software CLI command injection vulnerabilities CVE-2018-0193

The design objective of the Command Line Parser is used to parse the command line arguments. The parser parsing a string and returns an object representing the values extracted. This is the the regular expression design objective. The Cisco IOS XE is a train of Cisco Systems’ widely deployed Internetworking Operating System (IOS), introduced with the ASR 1000 series. IOS XE is a combination of a linux kernel and a (monolithic) application (IOSd) that runs on top of this kernel. The goal of IOS SE aim to integrate the IOS feature set for routing and switching cope with modern business critical applications.  Vulnerability found daily we have not surprise. A CLI command injection vulnerability has been found on CISCO IOS XE this month. For more details, please find below url for reference.


A quick way to do the remediation (CVE-2018-0171(smart install vulnerability))

Headline news posted by Reuters report that Iran hit by global cyber attack that left U.S. flag on screens. As we know, this vulnerability will be conducted the following:

  1. Triggering a reload of the device.
  2. Allowing the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the device.
  3. Causing an indefinite loop on the affected device that triggers a watchdog crash.

Perhaps the side effect of this vulnerability looks dangerous especially allowing the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the device.

But there is quick way to do the remedation of this vulnerability.

a. Go to your router configuration mode and input no vstack command.

b. Since victim report that a special message show on the console screen. And therefore it is recommended to use your ios backup file to replace existing ios.

For more details about the headline news report by Reuters. Please following below url for reference.

Ruby – CVE-2018-3740,CVE-2018-3741 & CVE-2018-8048


There are total 2,149,836 web sites deployed Ruby On Rails framework.Ruby on Rails, or Rails, is a server-side web application framework written in Ruby under the MIT License. RubyGems is a package manager for the Ruby programming language that provides a standard format for distributing Ruby programs and libraries. There are 3 items of vulnerabilities found on Ruby. Per my investigation, if hacker combining those 3 items of vulnerabilities can transform as a powerful hacking strategy. System administrator must check your environment see whether it requires for update.

Technical references shown as below:

CVE-2018-3740 –

CVE-2018-3741 –

CVE-2018-8048 –

Staying alert! Microsoft Malware Protection Engine design limitation CVE-2018-0986

Staying alert! Microsoft Malware Protection Engine design limitation

Microsoft Releases Security Update 3rd April 2018:

Technical details: Explanation

1. Microsoft Malware Protection Engine runs as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM without sandboxing, and is remotely accessible without authentication via various Windows services,including Exchange, IIS,…etc

2. NScript is the component of Microsoft Malware Protection Engine that evaluates any filesystem or network activity that looks like JavaScript.

3. The attacker can invoke object vtable to pass arbitrary to other objects.

Remark: When an object is created, a pointer to this table, called the virtual table pointer, vpointer or VPTR, is added as a hidden member of this object.

Oil refinery industry security alert! CVE-2018-4841

We heard in frequent that threat actors will be engaged APT attack to hostile country. The more percentage of cyber attack to the important public facilities most likely is the nuclear power facilities and power generator. As we know, a harden procedure has been built by nuclear power facilitates company. In order to avoid the unforeseen cyber incident happens, internet access function is prohibited in that area. However working with SCADA technologies market coverage not limit to nuclear power facilities. The oil refinery industry, natural gas and water supply facilities are relies on SCADA system. Today, a security alert is going to awake oil refinery, gas and water supply industries. Since a announcement by SCADA hardware manufacture Siemens, they inform that their product encountered vulnerability. The manufacture provides the workaround. However, the workaround only suggest to setup a preventive control.  To be honest, may be there are more spaces to do the remediation! Should you aware of this vulnerability. please refer below vendor announcement for reference.

IOS-XE vulnerabilities (CVE-2018-0196) + (CVE-2018-0171 & CVE-2018-0151)

Perhaps a medium vulnerability found on IT product not a shock. However the medium vulnerability co-exists with known critical vulnerabilities created multiple vulnerabilities are unable to foreseen what is the level of damage. Cisco IOS XE fundamental design integrate to open system. The severity of vulnerability CVE-2018-0196 is medium level. End user is allow to disable the http services to avoid the vulnerability. But the default state of the HTTP Server feature is version-dependent. A significant signal alert Cisco customer that corrective control is not enough. A efficient way is enhance your preventive and detective control. That is the implementation of managed security services. The critical vulnerabilities was posted last week. But the vulnerability of CVE-2018-0196 confirmed and therefore it summarized as below:




Mar 2018 – Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

I spend a lot of time to study security update by Apple this week. It looks that core foundation vulnerability bring to my attention. As we know Objective-C is a general-purpose, object-oriented programming language used by Apple for the OS X and iOS operating systems. Retrospectively, vendor has urge developer that a good practices will be prevented memory-related problem. I am concerning about the race condition vulnerability found this time. There are two main kinds of problem that result from incorrect memory management. Freeing or overwriting data that is still in use. Not freeing data that is no longer in use causes memory leaks. This is the way to causes the vulnerability (race condition) happens.

Since there are plenty of vulnerabilities address this time. For more details, please refer to official url for reference.

About the security content of iOS 11.3

About the security content of Xcode 9.3

CVE-2018-1327: DoS attack is possible when using XStream handler with the Struts REST plugin


Vulnerability when will it stop, this is our holiday! The Apache Software Foundation has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Struts 2. The problem was that a DoS attack is possible when using XStream handler with the Struts REST plugin. As far as I know, Cisco integrate Struts 2 in their product design. Since without status update by Cisco in regards to this vulnerabilities. So, stay tuned!

You can find the official technical details below:

This vulnerability so call Easter holiday vulnerability.

Drupal core – Highly critical – Remote Code Execution (Mar 2018)

Drupal core installation can serve as a simple Web site, a single- or multi-user blog, an Internet forum, or a community Web site providing for user-generated content. The risk calculator shown that it is highly critical according NIST Common Misuse Scoring System (NISTIR 7864). Two critical factors told us the following:

  • All data can be modified or deleted
  • All non-public data is accessible

It is indeed nightmare! Drupal user must do the patching immediately. Otherwise there is a new round of data leakage incident will be happened soon!

Official announcement: Drupal core – Highly critical – Remote Code Execution

Alert ! Cisco Releases Security Updates

Cisco IOS is a monolithic operating system running directly on the hardware while IOS XE is a combination of a linux kernel and a (monolithic) application (IOSd) that runs on top of this kernel. Attacker executing code remotely using system vulnerabilities. It is common type of attack and hard to avoid.

CVE-2018-0151 – Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software Quality of Service Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

CVE-2018-0171 – Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software Smart Install Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

CVE-2018-0150 – Cisco IOS XE Software Static Credential Vulnerability