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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on March 31, 2014

March 28, Threatpost – (International) Critical vulnerabilities patches in Schneider Electric serial modbus driver. The Industrial Control Systems Computer Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued a notice March 27 advising users of 11 Schneider Electric industrial control system products that a patch is available for a stack-based overflow vulnerability in Schneider’s modbus driver. The vulnerable driver is used in a variety of industries, including energy, nuclear power, government facilities, transportation systems, and dams. Source:

March 28, Help Net Security – (International) Uncommon new worm targets Word and Excel files. Researchers at Trend Micro discovered a new malware worm known as Crigent that infects systems via an infected Microsoft Word or Excel file, communicates with a command and control (C&C) server via TOR and Polipo to obscure traffic, and then gathers information on the compromised system. The worm then changes other Word and Excel files on the infected system to older file formats and uses them to attempt to spread itself to other systems. Source:

March 28, Softpedia – (International) Cybercriminals hijack WordPress websites with free premium plugins. Sucuri researchers found that several premium WordPress plugins available for free on some Web sites contain code that allows the plugins’ creator to create a new administrator account and gain control of WordPress sites that use the free premium plugins. Source:

March 27, SC Magazine – (International) WinRAR spoofing vulnerability being exploited in malware campaign. A vulnerability in the WinRAR .zip file compressor identified by a security researcher was seen in a malware campaign targeting government, international, and business organizations. IntelCrawler researchers spotted the campaign, which uses the vulnerability to disguise the contents of .zip files, and found that a Zeus-like trojan is being used to establish remote administration channels and collect information. Source:

March 27, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – (International) Lenovo recalls battery packs for ThinkPad notebook computers due to fire hazard. Lenovo announced a recall March 27 of about 37,400 battery packs for ThinkPad notebooks in the U.S. and Canada due to an issue that can cause them to overheat, posing a fire hazard. Source:

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