A hacker with the Twitter handle axi0mX recently announced on Twitter that they have found an “epic” flaw in all modern day iOS devices. It affects the iPhone 4-iPhone X. Since it’s a flaw in the hardware it’s impossible to patch without revising the hardware as well. The flaw is in the boot loader’s code.
USB Armory MkII is the successor to the original USB Armory which was introduced back in 2014. This new revision is currently accepting backers on Crowd Supply, which is a crowd funding site that is very similar to Kickstarter, and is currently over 250% funded. The funding for this project will end on November 1, 2019 at 01:59 PM EDT:
A security-minded USB-C stick computer that runs Linux
The USB armory Mk II is a full featured computer (900 MHz ARM® processor, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth, USB-C) in a tiny form-factor, designed from the ground up with information security applications in mind.
- SoC: NXP i.MX6ULZ ARM® Cortex™-A7 900 MHz
- RAM: 512 MB DDR3
- Storage: internal 16 GB eMMC + external microSD
- Bluetooth module: u-blox ANNA-B112 BLE
- USB-C ports: DRP (Dual Role Power) receptacle + UFP (Upstream Facing Port) plug
- LEDs: two
- Slide switch: for boot mode selection between eMMC and microSD
- External security elements: Microchip ATECC608A + NXP A71CH
- Physical size: 66 mm x 19 mm x 8 mm (without enclosure, including USB-C connector)
- Enclosure: included with all units for device protection
Independent Security Evaluators, or ISE for short, have done a new study of IoT devices and they found over 125 new flaws in them which can be used to gain unauthorized access to a device and even gain execution in some cases. Most of these are consumer level devices. You should check to see if anything you have on your home network is on their list.
This article goes into detail regarding how you can attack Wi-Fi networks using the open source tool called Bettercap. This is an improved method that doesn’t require a deauth packet to be sent.
The Chinese are at it again. Last week Bo Mao, who a visiting professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Arlington has been “charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud against a California technology startup to obtain its ‘property’ on behalf of a Chinese telecommunications company.” There is some suspicion the startup is CNEX Labs Inc.
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Welp, time to move off grid!
Google’s Project Zero just release information regarding an exploit chain targeting iOS devices. The exploit chains were used as a part of a watering hole campaign that would exploit an iOS device that was viewing it. Watering hole campaigns involve websites where the site has either been hacked into or stood up such that anyone viewing it will be potentially exploited. What’s interesting about the implant that the complex exploit chains installs is that is very unsophisticated and uses clear text protocols for data exfiltration.
Talos security recently announced several serious bugs in the Nest Cam IQ camera, which is their most advanced IoT offering on the market. The vulnerabilities range in severity from a simple DoS to RCE. The bugs were all found in one of their communication protocols they use called Weave (the Net Cam IQ also supports TCP, UDP, Bluetooth and 6lowpan).
Google Project Zero recently announced a 20 year old local privilege exploit (LPE) affecting all versions of Windows both server and client versions from Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2019 and Windows XP all the way through Windows 10. It takes advantage of the “ctfmon.exe” process which is a shared service for processing text input. This process doesn’t have access controls which means a malicious request to it will allow an unprivileged user to gain SYSTEM privileges. Microsoft has release a patch in their August updates.
Earlier this week the same researchers that found the original set of vulnerabilities in the Dragonfly handshake for WPA3 have found two more. I thought WPA3 would be less vulnerable than WPA2 but it seems the WiFi Alliance continues to struggle with coming up with a secure algorithm to prevent unauthorized access. The WiFi Alliance recently announced WPA3.1 which will not be vulnerable to these attacks but that’s also at the expense of backward comparability. If you are in the market now for a WPA3 enabled router I would suggest waiting a little bit longer for WPA3.1 to come out.