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Microsoft-owned GitHub, one of the popular code hosting platforms, is often targeted by cyberattackers to plant malicious code. In one such incident, researchers found a new strain of malware that downloads a Powershell script from GitHub. Linked to the MuddyWater APT group, the ultimate purpose of the attack is to execute the Cobalt Strike payload on Windows systems.
In other news, Google Project Zero has unveiled a Windows zero-day vulnerability that arises due to a previously patched flaw affecting Internet Explorer. The new flaw is related to a privilege escalation issue in splwow64.exe.
Moreover, a new zero-day flaw was identified to be a part of the well-organized SolarWinds supply chain attack, which enabled attackers to deploy the Supernova malware.
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GitHub used to download malware
A new strain of malware, tied to the MuddyWater threat actor group, is using Word files with macros to download a PowerShell script from GitHub. The PowerShell script further downloads a legitimate image file from Imgur to execute the Cobalt Strike script on Windows systems.
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A flaw in the fix
Google Project Zero has disclosed a Windows zero-day vulnerability that arises due to an improper fix for CVE-2020-0986, a security flaw abused in a campaign dubbed Operation PowerFall. Tracked as CVE-2020-17008, the new vulnerability can be abused by changing the exploitation method for CVE-2020-0986. The flaw is likely to be patched in January 2021.
A new zero-day flaw exploited
In addition to the discovery of the new malware strain Supernova, a new zero-day vulnerability tracked as CVE-2020-10148 has come to the notice of researchers investigating SolarWinds' supply chain attack. Identified as an authentication bypass flaw, it can allow a remote attacker to execute API commands. The flaw has now been patched by SolarWinds.
Posted on: December 28, 2020
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