Security Newsletter
1 April 2019
Hackers Hijacked ASUS Software Updates to Install Backdoors on Thousands of Computers
The Taiwan-based tech giant ASUS is believed to have pushed the malware to hundreds of thousands of customers through its trusted automatic software update tool after attackers compromised the company’s server and used it to push the malware to machines.
Researchers at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab say that ASUS, one of the world’s largest computer makers, was used to unwittingly install a malicious backdoor on thousands of its customers’ computers last year after attackers compromised a server for the company’s live software update tool. The malicious file was signed with legitimate ASUS digital certificates to make it appear to be an authentic software update from the company, Kaspersky Lab says.
"A small number of devices have been implanted with malicious code through a sophisticated attack on our Live Update servers in an attempt to target a very small and specific user group," says ASUS. The company also said that "only the version of Live Update used for notebooks has been affected," with all other devices not being affected by the supply chain attack. "customer service has been reaching out to affected users and providing assistance to ensure that the security risks are removed." Customers who discover that their machines have been affected are advised to "Immediately run a backup of your files and restore your operating system to factory settings. This will completely remove the malware from your computer."
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Magento's Latest Patches Should Be Applied Immediately
If your online e-commerce business is running over the Magento platform, you must pay attention to this information. Magento yesterday released new versions of its content management software to address a total of 37 newly-discovered security vulnerabilities. Owned by Adobe since mid-2018, Magento is one of the most popular content management system (CMS) platform that powers 28% of websites across the Internet with more than 250,000 merchants using the open source e-commerce platform.
Though most of the reported issues could only be exploited by authenticated users, one of the most severe flaws in Magento is an SQL Injection vulnerability which can be exploited by unauthenticated, remote attackers.
"Unauthenticated attacks, like the one seen in this particular SQL injection vulnerability, are very serious because they can be automated - making it easy for hackers to mount successful, widespread attacks against vulnerable websites," Montpas writes. "The number of active installs, the ease of exploitation and the effects of a successful attack are what makes this vulnerability particularly dangerous." The vulnerabilities are present within the open source and commercial versions of Magento. Magento advised that users should upgrade to versions 2.3.1 or 2.2.8.
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