Microsoft security update – April 10, 2018 – KB4093112

The security update of Microsoft this week included provides support to control usage of Indirect Branch Prediction Barrier (IBPB) within some AMD processors (CPUs) for mitigating CVE-2017-5715. Apart from that it also provides Windows Client Guidance for IT Pros to protect against speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities. However I was wondering the mitigation plan coverage provided by AMD?

A insidiousness of the SIMD instruction extensions of ARM, MIPS, and x86? Does AMD cover this part because SIMD Instructions considered harmful?Any advice or we just ignore it?

For more details about the security update, please refer below url for references.

Windows Client Guidance for IT Pros to protect against speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities – https://support.microsoft.com/en-hk/help/4073119/protect-against-speculative-execution-side-channel-vulnerabilities-in

KB4093112 – https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4093112

 

Allen Bradley – The design flaw of the programmable logic controller – system vulnerability

Traditional layer 2 communication system (without TCP/IP), proprietary OS system and without internet technology similar as a antibody protect the important facilities especially electricity power supply, water supply and natural gas facilities. But the element of civilization like a non stop vehicles moving forward. Whereby the man kind went through industrial revolution till today digital technology revolution. Our daily lifes support by electricity, water and natural gas. In order to maintain the stability and quality of those resources of supply. A analogue to digital (electronics) conversion was done, Thereby those facilities are under governance and control by PLC and SCADA today. However a design limitation was found since the components embedded Microsoft operation system and Linux opensource. So we heard power facilities encountered cyber attacks. This time the design flaw found in Allen Bradly PLC product. Regarding to the CVE reference number, we found that the vulnerabilities reported last year and believed that vulnerabilities has been fix. But a reminder to all of us is that vulnerabilities not limit to your office automation system and smartphone.The vulnerabilities are go with us daily.

Below url provides an overview of cyber attack on nuclear power facilities for reference.

Potential black force – digitize Godzilla

CVE-2017-12093

https://www.talosintelligence.com/vulnerability_reports/TALOS-2017-0445

CVE Number

CVE-2017-14462, CVE-2017-14463, CVE-2017-14464, CVE-2017-14465, CVE-2017-14466, CVE-2017-14467, CVE-2017-14468, CVE-2017-14469, CVE-2017-14470, CVE-2017-14471, CVE-2017-14472, CVE-2017-14473

https://www.talosintelligence.com/vulnerability_reports/TALOS-2017-0443

Adobe Security Bulletin – PhoneGap Push plugin vulnerability and the other

Coin has two sides, the computer has vulnerabilities on the other hand show benefits. Why, it provides a influence effect causes people found out resolution.And such a way go to advanced technology zone.
Security announcement by Adobe urge adobe users following the requirement apply the fix. Since there are total 5 items of security update. The item which bring my attention is the phonegap push plugin vulnerability (CVE-2018-4943). PhoneGap Push plugin that brings support for Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) to Apache Cordova apps on iOS and Android since PhoneGap Push Plugin version 2.0.0.
Firebase Cloud Messaging (commonly referred to as FCM), formerly known as Google Cloud Messaging (GCM), is a cross-platform solution for messages and notifications for Android, iOS, and web applications, which currently can be used at no cost. If there is vulnerability encountered on phonegap push API. It merely effect not only a small group of persons! In short, please refer official articles for reference (see below):
Security update available for the Adobe PhoneGap Push Plugin | APSB18-15

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/phonegap/apsb18-15.html

There are few vulnerabilities not related to phonegap push API but need to aware!

Security Updates Available for Adobe Digital Editions | APSB18-13

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb18-13.html

Security Update Available for InDesign | APSB18-11

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb18-11.html

Security updates available for Adobe Experience Manager | APSB18-10

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb18-10.html

Security updates available for Flash Player | APSB18-08

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb18-08.html

US-CERT Ransomware Guidance – 2018

An article issued by US-CERT with subject. Protecting Your Networks from Ransomware. Their aim is going to provide a guidance to fight against ransomware. Before you read the articles. There are few slogans are able to enhance your data protection framework. For instance:

1. Ransomware and Phishing Work Together

2. For whom who visiting online Gaming zone and Pornography web site in frequent are easy for encounter ransomware attack.

In order to avoid similar of cyber attack, enhance your awareness is the first priority. For more details, please refer below url for reference.

Protecting Your Networks from Ransomware:

https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Ransomware_Executive_One-Pager_and_Technical_Document-FINAL.pdf

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.

https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20180328-cmdinj

 

Bank ATM Framework QUICK TOUR

Believe that ATM scammer or criminal activities will be signigicant dropped after ATM thief are under sentence. It looks that I am overlook the attraction of bank note since a new jackpotting malware is under development. I surprise to me that the malware originate country is in Hong Kong. We known that bank of China did the system update (perhaps including ATM machine) during easter Hoilday. The ATM infrastructure looks prefect under the custodiance of Hong Kong monetary authority. However there are system design bugs and limiations on both hardware and software so it lure the hacker interest. It bring misunderstanding of ATM technology to the IT people so far, ATM archiecture is old fashion. But the truth is that ATM system architecture has been line up with Microsoft client-server architecture for financial applications on the Microsoft Windows platform in last decade. Threat actors can appear all around the world. The highlight of this news incidentally let the world know that Hong Kong is also a technology development zone. It is not only limit to business financial area.

For more details about the headline news articles. Please refer below url for reference.

https://www.securityweek.com/new-strain-atm-jackpotting-malware-discovered

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.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-cyber-hackers/iran-hit-by-global-cyber-attack-that-left-u-s-flag-on-screens-idUSKBN1HE0MH

Russian regulator moves to ban messaging app Telegram – 2018

The Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. A physical wall who goal to isolate the culture and humanity looks never appears in the world again. However we are living in the modern of ages. We unintend to transform our culture and daily life to a digital world. Furthermore the operation of the world also under digital mainbrain custodian. If you looking around, seems Berlin has not falling down. Don’t be childish! Perhaps Berlin wall disappeared, but another wall has been established around the world!

We are focusing censorship policy especially the China great firewall ban VPN and external parties communications. May be we overlook Russia! Russia’s Supreme Court orders telegram to hand over keys this month. Should you have interested of the headline news, please refer below url for reference.

Financial Times – Russian regulator moves to ban messaging app Telegram

https://www.ft.com/content/66062614-397c-11e8-8b98-2f31af407cc8

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 – https://github.com/rgrove/sanitize/commit/01629a162e448a83d901456d0ba8b65f3b03d46e

CVE-2018-3741 – https://github.com/rails/rails-html-sanitizer/commit/f3ba1a839a35f2ba7f941c15e239a1cb379d56ae

CVE-2018-8048 – https://github.com/flavorjones/loofah/issues/144

Verge Is Forced to Fork After Suffering a 51% Attack

Blockchain technology contains advanced security features fundamentally. However the heist occurs in such secure platform are in frequent. The questions of a retrospective and why was hacked? It proof that the problem not given by blockchain technology design flaw. Most likely the root causes are given by end point (client side), operation management (show the privilesge credential in the system event log). Rumors happened yesterday, verge user feared the attacker might use his dominant network position to siphon funds from their accounts. Verge technical team announce that it is a hash attack and it only some blocks were affected during a 3 hour period, not 13 hours. But what do you think? Do you think there is a zero day happens in e-wallet? Headline News can be found in following url.

https://news.bitcoin.com/verge-is-forced-to-fork-after-suffering-a-51-attack/

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