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Krebs on Security: Yet Another Flash Patch Fixes Zero-Day Flaw

This post was syndicated from: Krebs on Security and was written by: BrianKrebs. Original post: at Krebs on Security

For the third time in two weeks, Adobe has issued an emergency security update for its Flash Player software to fix a dangerous zero-day vulnerability that hackers already are exploiting to launch drive-by download attacks.

brokenflash-aThe newest update, version, addresses a critical security bug (CVE-2015-0313) present in the version of Flash that Adobe released on Jan. 27 (v. Adobe said it is are aware of reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild via drive-by-download attacks against systems running Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows 8.1 and below.

Adobe’s advisory credits both Trend Micro and Microsoft with reporting this bug. Trend Micro published a blog post three days ago warning that the flaw was being used in malvertising attacks – booby-trapped ads uploaded by criminals to online ad networks. Trend also published a more in-depth post examining this flaw’s use in the Hanjuan Exploit Kit, a crimeware package made to be stitched into hacked Web sites and foist malware on visitors via browser plug-in flaws like this one.

To see which version of Flash you have installed, check this link. Windows users who browse the Web with anything other than Internet Explorer may need to apply this patch twice, once with IE and again using the alternative browser (Firefox, Opera, e.g.).

The most recent versions of Flash should be available from the Flash home page, but beware potentially unwanted add-ons, like McAfee Security Scan. To avoid this, uncheck the pre-checked box before downloading, or grab your OS-specific Flash download from here.

IE10/IE11 on Windows 8.x and Chrome should auto-update their versions of Flash. Google Chrome version 40.0.2214.111 includes this update, and is available now. To check for updates in Chrome, click the stacked three bars to the right of the address bar in Chrome, and look for a listing near the bottom that says “Update Chrome.”

As I noted in a previous Flash post, short of removing Flash altogether — which may be impractical for some users — there are intermediate solutions. Script-blocking applications like Noscript and ScriptSafe are useful in blocking Flash content, but script blockers can be challenging for many users to handle.

My favorite in-between approach is click-to-play, which is a feature available for most browsers (except IE, sadly) that blocks Flash content from loading by default, replacing the content on Web sites with a blank box. With click-to-play, users who wish to view the blocked content need only click the boxes to enable Flash content inside of them (click-to-play also blocks Java applets from loading by default).

Windows users also should take full advantage of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit(EMET), a free tool from Microsoft that can help Windows users beef up the security of third-party applications.

SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON: green: Exploit Kit Evolution – Neutrino, (Wed, Feb 4th)

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This is a guest diary submitted by Brad Duncan.

In September 2014 after the Neutrino exploit kit (EK) had disappeared for 6 months, it reappeared in a different form. It was first identified as Job314 or Alter EK before Kafeine revealed in November 2014 this traffic was a reboot of Neutrino [1].

This Storm Center diary examines Neutrino EK traffic patterns since it first appeared in the Spring of 2013.

Neutrino EK: 2013 through early 2014

Neutrino was first reported in March 2013 by Kafeine on his Malware Dont need Coffee blog [2]. It was also reported by other sources, like Trend Micro [3].

Heres a sample of Neutrino EK from April 2013 using HTTP over port 80:

Shown above: Neutrino EK traffic from April 2013.

By the summer of 2013, we saw Neutrino use HTTP over port 8000, and the traffic patterns had evolved. Heres an example from June 2013, back when I first started blogging about malware traffic [4]:

Shown above: Neutrino EK traffic from June 18th, 2013.

In October 2013, Operation Windigo (an on-going operation that has compromised thousands of servers since 2011) switched from using the Blackhole EK to Neutrino [5].

Before Neutrino EK disappeared in March of 2014, I usually found it in traffic associated with Operation Windigo. Here are two examples from February and March 2014 [6] [7]:

Shown above: Neutrino EK traffic from February 2nd, 2014.

Shown above: Neutrino EK traffic from March 8th, 2014.

March 2014 saw some reports about the EKs author selling Neutrino [8]. Later that month, Neutrino disappeared. We stopped seeing any sort of traffic or alerts on this EK.

Neutrino EK since December 2014

After Kafeine made his announcement and EmergingThreats released new signatures for this EK, I was able to infect a few VMs. Heres an example from November 2014 [9]:

Shown above: Neutrino EK traffic from November 29th, 2014.

Traffic patterns have remained relatively consistent since Neutrino reappeared. I infected a VM on February 2nd, 2015 using this EK. Below are the HTTP requests and responses to Neutrino EK on

  • GET /hall/79249/card/81326/aspect/sport/clear/16750/mercy/flash/clutch/1760/
  • HTTP/1.1 200 OK (text/html) – Landing page
  • GET /choice/34831/mighty/drift/hopeful/19742/fantastic/petunia/fine/12676/
  • HTTP/1.1 200 OK (application/x-shockwave-flash) – Flash exploit
  • GET /nowhere/44312/clad/29915/bewilder/career/pass/sinister/
  • HTTP/1.1 200 OK (text/html) – No actual text, about 25 to 30 bytes of data, shows up as Malformed Packet in Wireshark.
  • GET /marble/1931/batter/21963/dear/735/yesterday/6936/familiar/37370/
  • smart/8962/move/37885/
  • HTTP/1.1 200 OK (application/octet-stream) – Encrypted malware payload
  • GET /lord.phtml?horror=64439push=75359pursuit=washfond=monsieur
  • HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found OK (text/html)
  • GET /america/86960/seven/quiet/blur/belong/traveller/12743/gigantic/96057/
  • HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found OK (text/html)

The malware payload sent by the EK is encrypted.

Shown above: Neutrino EK sends the malware payload.

I extracted the malware payload from the infected VM. If youre registered with, you can get a copy from:

This malware is similar to previous Vawtrak samples Ive seen from Neutrino and Nuclear EK last month [10] [11].

Closing Thoughts

Exploit kits tend to evolve over time. You might not realize how much the EK has changed until you look back through the traffic. Neutrino EK is no exception. It evolved since it first appeared in 2013, and it significantly changed after reappearing in December 2014. It will continue to evolve, and many of us will continue to track those changes.


Brad Duncan is a Security Researcher at Rackspace, and he runs a blog on malware traffic analysis at













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Krebs on Security: Who’s Attacking Whom? Realtime Attack Trackers

This post was syndicated from: Krebs on Security and was written by: BrianKrebs. Original post: at Krebs on Security

It seems nearly every day we’re reading about Internet attacks aimed at knocking sites offline and breaking into networks, but it’s often difficult to visualize this type of activity. In this post, we’ll take a look at multiple ways of tracking online attacks and attackers around the globe and in real-time.

A couple of notes about these graphics. Much of the data that powers these live maps is drawn from a mix of actual targets and “honeypots,” decoy systems that security firms deploy to gather data about the sources, methods and frequency of online attacks. Also, the organizations referenced in some of these maps as “attackers” typically are compromised systems within those organizations that are being used to relay attacks launched from someplace else.

The Cyber Threat Map from FireEye recently became famous in a 60 Minutes story on cyberattacks against retailers and their credit card systems. This graphic reminds me of the ICBM monitors from NORAD, as featured in the 1984 movie War Games (I’m guessing that association is intentional). Not a lot of raw data included in this map, but it’s fun to watch.

FireEye's "Cyber Threat Map"

FireEye’s “Cyber Threat Map”

My favorite — and perhaps the easiest way to lose track of half your workday (and bandwidth) comes from the folks at Norse Corp. Their map — IPViking — includes a wealth of data about each attack, such as the attacking organization name and Internet address, the target’s city and service being attacked, as well as the most popular target countries and origin countries.

Norse's IPViking attack map is fun to watch, but very resource-intensive.

Norse’s IPViking attack map is eye candy-addictive, but very resource-intensive.

Another live service with oodles of information about each attack comes from Arbor NetworksDigital Attack map. Arbor says the map is powered by data fed from 270+ ISP customers worldwide who have agreed to share anonymous network traffic and attack statistics. This is a truly useful service because it lets you step back in time to attacks on previous dates going all the way back to June 2013.

The Digital Attack Map from Arbor networks is powered by data shared anonymously by 270 ISPs.

The Digital Attack Map from Arbor networks is powered by data shared anonymously by 270 ISPs.

Kaspersky‘s Cyberthreat Real-time Map is a lot of fun to play with, and probably looks the most like an interactive video game. Beneath the 3-D eye candy and kaleidoscopic map is anonymized data from Kaspersky’s various scanning services. As such, this fairly interactive map lets you customize its layout by filtering certain types of malicious threats, such as email malware, Web site attacks, vulnerability scans, etc.

Kaspersky's Cyberthreat Real-time Map is probably the closest of them all to a video game.

Kaspersky’s Cyberthreat Real-time Map is probably the closest of them all to a video game.

The Cyberfeed, from Anubis Networks, takes the visitor on an automated tour of the world, using something akin to Google Earth and map data based on infections from the top known malware families. It’s a neat idea, but more of a malware infection map than an attack map, and not terribly interactive either. In this respect, it’s a lot like the threat map from Finnish security firm F-Secure, the Global Botnet Threat Activity Map from Trend Micro, and Team Cymru‘s Internet Malicious Activity Map.

The Cyberfeed from AnubisNetworks takes you on a global tour of malware infections.

The Cyberfeed from AnubisNetworks takes you on a global tour of malware infections.

The Honeynet Project‘s Honey Map is not super sexy but it does include a fair amount of useful information about real-time threats on honeypot systems, including links to malware analysis from Virustotal for each threat or attack.

The Honeynet Project's Honey Map

The Honeynet Project’s Honey Map

Additionally, the guys at OpenDNS Labs have a decent attack tracker that includes some nifty data and graphics.

Data from OpenDNS's Global Network graph.

Data from OpenDNS’s Global Network graph.

If all these maps are a bit too Hollywood for you, then you’ll love the simplicity and humor behind PewPew, a global attack map based on data from Mandiant that derives its name from the added sound effects. Might want to turn the volume down on your computer’s speakers before visiting this map (especially if you’re at work while viewing it).

Speaking of attacks, some of you may have noticed that this site was unreachable for several hours over the last few days. That’s because it has been under fairly constant assault by the same criminals who attacked Sony and Microsoft’s gaming networks on Christmas Day. We are moving a few things around to prevent further such disruptions, so you may notice that a some of the site’s features are a tad flaky or slow for a few days. Thanks for your patience as we sort this out.  And Happy New Year, dear readers!