Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Contact Centers Business Intelligence More Topics...
Windows Security
Is your endpoint data protected?
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Security Pros Warn of Drowning in IE 'Watering Hole' Attack

Security Pros Warn of Drowning in IE 'Watering Hole' Attack
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Past versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have earned bad reputations for IE and news reports of new zero-days like this one for IE 10 don't help. The truth is that recently, Microsoft's Internet Explorer has had fewer issues per year than other browsers, it's just a common target due to the number of users it has, said security researcher Tyler Reguly.
 



Microsoft has confirmed a report of an Internet Explorer zero-day exploit. Redmond also confirmed it is being leveraged in an active campaign attack. Version 10 of IE is reportedly vulnerable to the so-called watering hole attack.

“FireEye Labs has identified a new Internet Explorer (IE) zero-day exploit hosted on a breached Web site based in the U.S.,” FireEye wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “It’s a brand new zero-day that targets IE 10 users visiting the compromised Web site -- a classic drive-by download attack. Upon successful exploitation, this zero-day attack will download a XOR encoded payload from a remote server, decode and execute it.”

How the Watering Hole Works

FireEye first discovered what it has dubbed “Operation Snowman” on Feb. 11. The zero-day exploit targets CVE-2014-0322 and is being served up from the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Web site.

“We believe the attack is a strategic Web compromise targeting American military personnel amid a paralyzing snowstorm at the U.S. capitol in the days leading up to the Presidents Day holiday weekend,” the firm reported. “Based on infrastructure overlaps and tradecraft similarities, we believe the actors behind this campaign are associated with two previously identified campaigns.”

Here’s how it works: After compromising the VFW Web site, the attackers added an iframe into the beginning of the Web site’s HTML code that loads the attacker’s page in the background, FireEye explained. The attacker’s HTML/JavaScript page runs a Flash object, which orchestrates the remainder of the exploit.

FireEye said the exploit includes calling back to the IE 10 vulnerability trigger, which is embedded in the JavaScript. Specifically, visitors to the VFW Web site were silently redirected through an iframe to the exploit at www.[REDACTED].com/Data/img/img.html.

No Out-of-Band Patch Required

We caught up with Tyler Reguly, manager of security research for Tripwire, to get his take on the zero day. He told us past versions of IE have earned a bad reputation for IE and news reports of new zero-days like this one don't help.

“The truth is that recently, IE has had fewer issues per year than other browsers,” he said. “It's just a common target due to the number of users it has.”

Reguly said Websense and FireEye have both released details on the zero-day with different noted targets, which makes him wonder if other sites are affected and how wide spread the exploit code is. He suspects we'll start to see more now that it's publicly discussed.

“While I'd normally be the first to call for an out-of-band Microsoft patch, I don't think this attack requires one,” Reguly said. “Users should upgrade to IE 11 and if they're stuck on 10 (i.e., Vista), they should install EMET because the exploit code will terminate if it sees that the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is installed.”
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Windows Security
1.   Microsoft Patch Tuesday Stars IE
2.   Kaspersky Looks Inside 'Epic' Attack
3.   MS Plans Final Windows 8.1 Tweak
4.   Barracuda Secures Microsoft Azure
5.   Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support


advertisement
Kaspersky Looks Inside 'Epic' Attack
Ongoing cyber-espionage analyzed.
Average Rating:
Microsoft Patch Tuesday Stars IE
Biz should focus on browser bulletin.
Average Rating:
MS Plans Final Windows 8.1 Tweak
Focus shifts to upcoming Windows 9.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Find Malicious Android Apps Can Hack Gmail
A new study shows that a weakness in the Android mobile operating system can be used to steal sensitive, personal info from unwitting users. Gmail proved to be the easiest app to attack; Amazon, the hardest.
 
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 
Feds OK $2.3 Billion IBM-Lenovo x86 Server Deal
IBM and Lenovo are celebrating U.S. approval of their x86-based server deal, having cleared some major security hurdles. The deal makes Lenovo a major player for enterprise data centers.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
With businesses wanting computing solutions that do more for less money, Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that it says offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Screen Shortage Briefly Puts Brakes on iPhone 6
RAM? Check. Antenna switch? Check. Screen? Oops. Parts suppliers for Apple have found themselves facing a shortage of screens for the new iPhone 6 as next month's release date for the new smartphone looms.
 
Bounty Offered to Coders for Oculus Rift Bugs
Coders who find bugs in software for the Oculus Rift VR immersive headset could receive a reward of at least $500 under Facebook's White Hat bounty program. Facebook acquired Oculus in March.
 
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Contact Centers | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.