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Showing Vulnerability to a Machine: Automated Prioritization of Software Vulnerabilities Introduction If a software vulnerability can be detected and remedied, then a potential intrusion is prevented. While not all software vulnerabilities are known, 86 percent of vulnerabilities leading to a data breach were patchable, though there is some risk of inadvertent damage when applying software patches. When new vulnerabilities are identified they are published in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) dictionary by vulnerability databases, such as the National Vulnerability Database (NVD). The Common Vulnerabilities Scoring System (CVSS) provides a metric ...
Finding Evil in Windows 10 Compressed Memory, Part Two: Virtual Store Deep Dive Introduction This blog post is the second in a three-part series covering our Windows 10 memory forensics research and it coincides with our BlackHat USA 2019 presentation. In Part One of the series, we covered the integration of the research in both Volatily and Rekall memory forensics tools. We demonstrated that forensic artifacts (including reflectively loaded malware) could remain undiscovered without the FLARE research integration on Windows 10 (available on GitHub at win10_volatility and win10_rekall). In this post, we demonstrate how to retrieve a compressed page...
Finding Evil in Windows 10 Compressed Memory, Part Three: Automating Undocumented Structure Extraction This is the final post in the three-part series: Finding Evil in Windows 10 Compressed Memory. In the first post (Volatility and Rekall Tools), the FLARE team introduced updates to both memory forensic toolkits. These updates enabled these open source tools to analyze previously inaccessible compressed data in memory. This research was shared with the community at the 2019 SANS DFIR Austin conference and is available on GitHub (Volatility and Rekall). In the second post (Virtual Store Deep Dive), we looked at the structures and algorithms involved in locating and ...
Commando VM 2.0: Customization, Containers, and Kali, Oh My! The Complete Mandiant Offensive Virtual Machine (“Commando VM”) swept the penetration testing community by storm when it debuted in early 2019 at Black Hat Asia Arsenal. Our 1.0 release made headway featuring more than 170 tools. Well now we are back again for another spectacular release, this time at Black Hat USA Arsenal 2019! In this 2.0 release we’ve listened to the community and implemented some new must have features: Kali Linux, Docker containers, and package customization. About Commando VM Penetration testers commonly use their own variants of Windows machines whe...
Forced to Adapt: XSLCmd Backdoor Now on OS X Introduction FireEye Labs recently discovered a previously unknown variant of the APT backdoor XSLCmd – OSX.XSLCmd – which is designed to compromise Apple OS X systems. This backdoor shares a significant portion of its code with the Windows-based version of the XSLCmd backdoor that has been around since at least 2009. This discovery, along with other industry findings, is a clear indicator that APT threat actors are shifting their eyes to OS X as it becomes an increasingly popular computing platform. Across the global threat landscape, there has been a clear his...
APT41: A Dual Espionage and Cyber Crime Operation Today, FireEye Intelligence is releasing a comprehensive report detailing APT41, a prolific Chinese cyber threat group that carries out state-sponsored espionage activity in parallel with financially motivated operations. APT41 is unique among tracked China-based actors in that it leverages non-public malware typically reserved for espionage campaigns in what appears to be activity for personal gain. Explicit financially-motivated targeting is unusual among Chinese state-sponsored threat groups, and evidence suggests APT41 has conducted simultaneous cyber crime and cyber espi...
Announcing the Sixth Annual Flare-On Challenge The FireEye Labs Advanced Reverse Engineering (FLARE) team is thrilled to announce that the popular Flare-On reverse engineering challenge will return for the sixth straight year. The contest will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on Aug. 16, 2019. This is a CTF-style challenge for all active and aspiring reverse engineers, malware analysts, and security professionals. The contest runs for six full weeks and ends at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 27, 2019. This year’s contest will feature a total of 12 challenges covering a variety of architectures from x86 on Windows, .NET, Linux, and Android. A...
Finding Evil in Windows 10 Compressed Memory, Part One: Volatility and Rekall Tools Paging all digital forensicators, incident responders, and memory manager enthusiasts! Have you ever found yourself at a client site working around the clock to extract evil from a Windows 10 image? Have you hit the wall at step zero, running into difficulties viewing a process tree, or enumerating kernel modules? Or even worse, had to face the C-Suite and let them know you couldn’t find any evil? Well fear no more – FLARE has you covered. We've analyzed Windows 10 and integrated our research into Volatility and  Rekall tools for your immediate consumption! Until A...