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18 May 2020
The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who "Saved" the Internet
At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.
At around 7 am on a quiet Wednesday in August 2017, Marcus Hutchins walked out the front door of the Airbnb mansion in Las Vegas where he had been partying for the past week and a half. A gangly, 6'4", 23-year-old hacker with an explosion of blond-brown curls, Hutchins had emerged to retrieve his order of a Big Mac and fries from an Uber Eats deliveryman. But as he stood barefoot on the mansion's driveway wearing only a T-shirt and jeans, Hutchins noticed a black SUV parked on the street—one that looked very much like an FBI stakeout. He stared at the vehicle blankly, his mind still hazed from sleep deprivation and stoned from the legalized Nevada weed he'd been smoking all night. For a fleeting moment, he wondered: Is this finally it?
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Improper Microsoft Patch for Reverse RDP Attacks Leaves 3rd-Party RDP Clients Vulnerable
Remember the Reverse RDP Attack—wherein a client system vulnerable to a path traversal vulnerability could get compromised when remotely accessing a server over Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol? Though Microsoft had patched the vulnerability (CVE-2019-0887) as part of its July 2019 Patch Tuesday update, it turns out researchers were able to bypass the patch just by replacing the backward slashes in paths with forward slashes. Microsoft acknowledged the improper fix and re-patched the flaw in its February 2020 Patch Tuesday update earlier this year, now tracked as CVE-2020-0655.
Apparently, the workaround works fine for the built-in RDP client in Windows operating systems, but the patch is not fool-proof enough to protect other third-party RDP clients against the same attack that relies on the vulnerable sanitization function developed by Microsoft. "We want developers to be aware of this threat so that they could go over their programs and manually apply a patch against it."
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New Thunderbolt security flaws affect systems shipped before 2019
Attackers who gain physical access to Windows, Linux, or macOS devices can access and steal data from their hard drives by exploiting 7 vulnerabilities found in Intel's Thunderbolt hardware interface and collectively known as Thunderspy.
Thunderbolt is a hardware interface designed by Intel and Apple in collaboration to help connect external peripherals that need high-speed connections (RAID arrays, network interface, video capture devices, and others) to a computer. The new attack, discovered by Eindhoven University of Technology researcher Björn Ruytenberg, is designed to break Thunderbolt's security, making it possible for attackers to steal information from any vulnerable Thunderbolt-enabled device.
For Linux and Windows users, all systems purchased before 2019 are vulnerable to Thunderspy attacks according to Ruytenberg, while devices bought during and after 2019 might come with support for Kernel DMA Protection which protects against drive-by Direct Memory Access attacks. Similarly, Macs from 2011 and older, except for Retina MacBooks, are all impacted by Thunderspy as they all provide users with Thunderbolt connectivity. Intel confirmed that the vulnerabilities are valid but will not mitigate the Thunderspy vulnerabilities by issuing a patch to already sold and known to be vulnerable devices as they would require a silicon redesign.
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