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DOUG.   Honeypots, patches and the passing of an icon.

All that and extra on the Bare Safety podcast.


Welcome to the podcast, everyone.

I’m Doug Aamoth; he’s Paul Ducklin.

Paul, how do you do?

DUCK.   Very nicely, Douglas.

Welcome again out of your trip!

DOUG.   It’s good to be again… I do have just a little shock for you.

We begin the present with the This Week in Tech Historical past section, and a few weeks there are such a lot of potential subjects to select from (just a bit peek backstage for everybody) that we now have to trip and determine which one we’re going to decide on.

So I took the freedom of constructing a Subject Wheel that we are able to spin, and no matter matter it lands on…

…that’s the subject we focus on.

On the wheel this week, we now have a ton of subjects.

We’ve acquired the primary pc conference, the Altar Conference in 1976; we’ve acquired the Melissa virus from 1999; we’ve acquired the primary lengthy distance cellphone name in 1884; the invention of the phototransistor in 1950; the revealing of the UNIVAC in 1951; the primary metropolis to go to full electrical lighting in 1880; and Microsoft Bob in 1995.

So I’m simply going to provide the wheel a spin, and wherever it lands – that’s the subject.


[FX: Click-click-click-click]

DUCK.   That is Wheel of Fortune stuff, is it?

DOUG.   Sure.

Wheel is spinning…

[FX: Click-click-click (gradually slowing down)]

DUCK.   I do know the place I need it to cease, Doug!

DOUG.   And it has landed on [EXCITED] the Melissa virus!

[FX: Dramatic chord]

It’s proper in our wheelhouse….

DUCK.   I used to be secretly hoping for Microsoft Bob.

As a result of we now have spoken about it earlier than, and it was an incredible alternative for me to have a really slight rant/grievance, and to introduce Clippy.

However I can’t point out both of these once more, Doug.

DOUG.   Alright, nicely, the wheel has spoken.

This week, in 1999, the world felt the wrath of the Melissa virus, a mass-mailing macro virus focusing on Microsoft Phrase and Outlook customers.

The message emailed itself, together with a poisoned Phrase doc, to the primary 50 folks within the sufferer’s Outlook contact checklist, whereas on the identical time disabling protecting options of each applications.

The Melissa virus was ultimately linked to David L. Smith of New Jersey, who spent 20 months in federal jail and paid a $5,000 effective.

And Paul, you have been there, man.

DUCK.   [SIGHS] Oh, pricey, sure.

This wasn’t the primary mailing malware – we’ve already spoken about CHRISTMAS EXEC haven’t we, which was 10 years earlier than that, on IBM mainframes.

The CHRISTMA EXEC community worm – 35 years and counting!

However this was an indication that now we have been all linked, and plenty of us have been utilizing Microsoft Phrase with its macro programming language, and we have been relying closely on e-mail…

…issues might go a bit pear-shaped if there was a virus.

The issue was it wasn’t 50 folks, it was the primary 50 *addresses*.

Most individuals ,someplace shortly after Aamoth, Doug and Aardvark, Christopher had any person referred to as, for instance, All Customers, or one thing to that impact.


So, sure, it was a fully enormous factor.

It had a Bart Simpson reference, didn’t it?


DUCK.   Sometimes it might truly stick that right into a doc, wouldn’t it?

David Smith fell foul of the legislation as a result of he fairly merely ought to have predicted the extent of disruption that it induced.

So, as you say, 20 months in federal jail, and the start of a dramatic period of mass-mailing malware.

DOUG.   Alright, let’s transfer from macros to Moore.

Relaxation in peace, Gordon Moore, 94 years younger, Paul.

In Memoriam – Gordon Moore, who put the extra in “Moore’s Legislation”

DUCK.   Sure.

I had an odd dialog over the weekend once I ran into somebody over espresso and so they stated, “Oh, what have you ever been doing on the weekend to this point?”

I stated, “Truly, I’ve simply been at work; I used to be writing an RIP, an In Memoriam piece for a really, very well-known individual within the IT business. Gordon Moore has died at 94.”

And this individual checked out me and stated, “Oh, I’ve by no means heard of him.”


DUCK.   And I stated, “However you’ve heard of Moore’s Legislation?”

“Oh, sure, after all. Moore’s Legislation, I learn about that.”

And I stated, “Nicely, identical Moore.”

And so I hope they rushed off to learn the article!

I republished the graphs that he put in his authentic little piece that led to Moore’s Legislation.

That was earlier than he based Intel, truly.

DOUG.   Sure, he was a lot… extra, in the event you catch my drift.


It’s a captivating little paper.

It was revealed in… primarily in a preferred journal as a brief piece – just some pages in Electronics journal in 1965.

It was virtually jocular in that he was saying, “You recognize what we’ve seen at Fairchild?” [COMPANY CO-FOUNDED BY MOORE BEFORE INTEL]

In 1962-63-64-65, in the event you take the variety of transistors on the chips that we’re constructing every time (the chips are roughly the identical dimension), and you are taking the logarithm base 2 of the variety of transistors, and also you draw a graph, you get a straight line.

Which suggests exponential progress.

In different phrases, you’ll be able to’t simply maintain making the chips larger and greater and greater as a result of they begin failing…’s important to learn to change the manufacturing course of as nicely, so you’ll be able to principally get extra transistors in there.

And the paper is named Cramming extra Parts onto Built-in Circuits. [LAUGHTER]

Actually cramming extra in.

And also you see that, by 1975, 10 years into the longer term, it might recommend that you simply may need single circuits that would have as many as 65,000 (or 216) transistors on them, Douglas.


That was his concept about how we would innovate.

It didn’t fairly work out like that… by 1975, he stated, “It doesn’t appear to be the doubling yearly goes to proceed, however it could possibly be roughly doubling each two years.”

And although we haven’t fairly doubled each two years, we’re not far off.

As a result of in the event you go from 1978, when the 8086 got here out, that had about 215 transistors on it.

And 22 doublings (44 years) later, the Apple M2 chip got here out, so that ought to have roughly 237 transistors on it, which is nicely over 100 billion.

Isn’t that not possible?

Not far off: 20 billion transistors on an Apple M2 chip.

Amazingly prescient, Doug.

DOUG.   Certainly.

Alright. The Home windows 10 Snip & Sketch app has been patched, and the Home windows 11 Snipping Instrument has been patched.

Microsoft assigns CVE to Snipping Instrument bug, pushes patch to Retailer

DUCK.   Simply to revisit, in case you missed this story, this began with a bug within the Google Pixel photograph cropping software.

You possibly can crop a picture (a photograph or a screenshot that you simply already had on the cellphone), and simply hit [Save] over the unique, and also you’d get the model new file…

…adopted by the leftover content material from the earlier picture.

Which you wouldn’t discover while you loaded the picture again, as a result of inside the info that was written again over the previous file is a marker that claims, “You possibly can cease right here.”

So a tester who cropped a file and loaded it again would discover that it regarded right, however it doubtlessly had left-over cropped knowledge.

So it’s precisely the bug you don’t need, isn’t it?

Google Pixel telephones had a severe knowledge leakage bug – right here’s what to do!

And, after all, the bug was nothing particular to Google, or Pixel telephones, or Android programming, or Java run-time libraries.

It seems that some Home windows picture and screenshot cropping instruments had precisely the identical bug, albeit for various causes.

What we don’t know, Doug, is what number of *different* apps of this type (they might not be picture editors; they is likely to be video editors or audio editors, or no matter) have an analogous kind of drawback.

In case you go to Microsoft Retailer and also you go and replace your Snipping Instrument, you’re going to get a model that not behaves this manner.

And in case you have Home windows 10, what’s it referred to as there, Doug?

DOUG.   Snip & Sketch.

I’m glad to report I do use the Snipping Instrument on a regular basis, and I’m glad to report that mine has been up to date.

I didn’t do it manually, so it both acquired rolled right into a earlier replace or was up to date robotically.

Nevertheless it’s all the time good to examine.

DUCK.   Sure, we put a hyperlink to Microsoft’s article about it, together with the brand new model numbers to search for, within the Bare Safety article.

As a result of, Doug, I didn’t fairly agree with Microsoft’s evaluation of this.

I don’t know what you thought…

They stated it was a low severity bug as a result of, and I’m quoting, “Profitable exploitation requires unusual person interplay and a number of other elements exterior of an attacker’s management”.

And the issue to me with that assertion is that this isn’t about somebody attacking you or attempting to trick you into revealing a picture that you simply didn’t intend to.

The issue is that you simply’re enhancing the picture particularly to take away one thing that you simply don’t need in there, and the info that you simply visibly had eliminated *didn’t get eliminated*.

DOUG.   Talking of eradicating issues, we now have one thing referred to as [GRUFF VOICE] Operation PowerOFF.

Is it honest to name this a DDoS honeypot?

Cops use faux DDoS providers to take goal at wannabe cybercriminals

DUCK.   I believe it’s, Doug.

It’s a multinational factor – so far as I do know, a minimum of the FBI, the Dutch police, the German Bundeskriminalamt, and the UK’s Nationwide Crime Company are concerned on this.

So far as I do know, he thought is to try to present what you would possibly name “excessive stress discouragement” to kids who assume it might be cool to hang around on the fringes of cybercrime. [LAUGHTER]

It appears fairly nicely established that various kids who wish to dip their toes within the water of working on the Darkish Facet are likely to get drawn in direction of what are referred to as DDoS (or booter, or stresser) providers.

And these are pay-as-you-go providers run by different crooks, the place you’ll be able to primarily take vengeance on somebody’s web site.

You don’t fling malware at it; you don’t try to hack into it; you don’t try to steal knowledge.

So it seems like a really low stage of criminality: “I’m simply paying to have an entire load of random computer systems world wide gang up on a web site, ask for the homepage all on the identical time and it received’t be capable of cope. And that’ll train them.”

And so, as you say, what Operation PowerOFF was about… was primarily a honeypot.

“Hey, are you curious about stepping into booting and stressing? Are you toying on the fringes of cybercrime? Enroll right here!”

And naturally, you weren’t signing up with cybercrooks; you have been truly signing up with the cops.

And after a short while, when sufficient folks have signed up, then the location immediately goes lifeless and then you definately get contacted…

…and also you get to have, how can I put it, a “particular dialogue” [LAUGHTER], which I believe is supposed to dissuade you from doing this.

As humorous because it might sound to you, neither the proprietor of the location, nor the police, nor the magistrates are going to seek out it amusing in the event you get hauled into courtroom, as a result of it does have an effect on folks’s companies and their livelihoods.

And the opposite factor that the cops say that they’re eager to do is actually stitching some sort of discord among the many cybercrime group.

While you join one in every of these darkish internet providers, how have you learnt whether or not you’re signing up with fellow criminals, or with undercover cops?

DOUG.   That is the hazard of when folks hear about botnets or zombie networks…

…perhaps an previous pc I’ve that’s unpatched, that’s turned on in my closet or no matter and I’m probably not listening to.

If it may be leveraged right into a bot community or a zombie community, it may be used for issues like this.

Though I don’t imply to, and I don’t wish to take any web site down, if I’ve an contaminated pc, it may be used for stuff like this.

DUCK.   Completely.

That’s why, in the event you’re nonetheless operating XP, in the event you haven’t patched your property router for 3 years…

…you’re a part of the issue, not the answer.

As a result of your pc or your router could possibly be used on this means.

DOUG.   With regards to time-wasting, lest you assume penetration testing is a waste of time, we’ve acquired a penetration testing win for e-commerce big WooCommerce.

WooCommerce Funds plugin for WordPress has an admin-level gap – patch now!

DUCK.   Sure – luckily, that’s the way in which spherical it labored.

They haven’t disclosed any actual particulars in regards to the bug, for apparent causes, as a result of then anybody who hasn’t patched… you’d be making a gift of the key for folks to leap in.

It appears like an unauthenticated distant code execution the place you possibly can set off some PHP script, and when you have been about it, you possibly can seize admin privileges on the location.

Now, if somebody’s breaking into your WordPress web site and so they would possibly then immediately begin placing up bogus hyperlinks or printing faux information, that’s dangerous sufficient.

However when the WordPress web site you’re speaking about is the truth is one which offers with on-line funds, which is what WooCommerce is all about, then it will get very severe certainly!

As you say, luckily this was disclosed responsibly, and it was patched.

WordPress and the Automattic group (the individuals who run WordPress) have been knowledgeable, and for most individuals, patches have been pushed out robotically.

Nevertheless it’s actually essential, in the event you run a WooCommerce web site, that you simply go and be sure you’re updated.

As a result of in the event you aren’t, there’s a chance that crooks could come in search of this backdoor gap that enables them to get admin entry.

And, after all, as soon as they’re in, they will get all kinds of stuff, together with hashed login passwords, and what are often known as API keys or authentication tokens.

In different phrases, these magic strings of characters which you could put in future internet requests that mean you can work together with the location as in the event you have been pre-authorised.

DOUG.   And the way will we really feel in regards to the verbiage?

These passwords have been salted and hashed, so “it’s unlikely that your password was compromised”.

How does that make the hair on the again of your neck?

Is it standing up or is it nonetheless mendacity down?

DUCK.   You place it extra dramatically than I used to be keen to do in print within the article, Doug… [LAUGHTER]

…however I believe you’ve hit the nail on the pinnacle.

DOUG.   Sure, I’m going to vary my password simply in case.

DUCK.   Sure, they kind of stated, “Nicely, the passwords have been hashed.”

They didn’t say precisely how, and so they didn’t give any particulars of how exhausting it is likely to be to crack them by attempting an enormous dictionary in opposition to them.

They usually stated, “So that you most likely don’t want to vary your password.”

Absolutely this can be a superb purpose to vary your password?

The thought of hashing passwords is that if they get stolen, the truth that the hashes do want cracking first, and which may take days, weeks or months and even years…

…it provides everyone time to go and alter their passwords.

So I might have thought they’d simply say, “Go and alter your password.”

In truth, I used to be virtually anticipating to see these bizarre phrases “out of an abundance of warning”, Doug!

DOUG.   Sure, precisely. [LAUGHTER]

DUCK.   So I don’t agree with that.

I believe that is *precisely* the kind of purpose why you’ll go and alter your password.

And, as you might have stated many instances, in case you have a password supervisor and also you solely have to vary one password, it actually must be fairly a fast course of.

The one factor WooCommerce did say, and this you completely should do, is that this: you do have to go and invalidate all these so referred to as API keys.

That you must eliminate these and regenerate them for all of the software program that you simply use that interacts together with your WooCommerce accounts.

And WooCommerce have recommendation on how to try this; we’ve put the hyperlink within the Bare Safety article.


And final, however actually not least… I get nice pleasure out of while you do that in a headline; you simply say “Apple patches every part”, and also you imply every part.

This features a zero-day repair for iOS 15 customers, as nicely.

Apple patches every part, together with a zero-day repair for iOS 15 customers

DUCK.   Sure, that was the curious a part of it.

There are fixes for the three supported variations of macOS: Large Sur, Monterey, and Ventura.

There are patches for tvOS and for watchOS.

There’s even a patch, Doug, for the Apple Studio Show…

DOUG.   [LAUGHING] In fact!

DUCK.   …which is a cool, groovy display screen, as a result of it’s not only a display screen, it’s acquired a webcam and every kind of stuff in there.

You need to plug the display screen in with the intention to apply the patch.

It principally downloads the firmware into your display screen.

The bug within the firmware on the display screen might permit a criminal to succeed in into the working system in your Mac and really get kernel stage code execution entry.

DOUG.   Oooh, that’s dangerous.

DUCK.   That’s fairly bizarre, isn’t it? [LAUGHS]

However the outlier, or the super-important replace, was for iOS 15.

These of you might have older iPhones and iPads: their updates embrace a WebKit zero-day, a distant code execution assault that some crooks, someplace, are already exploiting.

So in the event you’ve acquired an older iPhone and also you’re operating iOS 15, completely it’s “Don’t delay/Do it right this moment”.

However I might advocate that for something you’ve acquired that has the Apple brand on it.

As a result of, while you take a look at the vary of bugs that they’ve (luckily) proactively mounted, they do cowl a variety of sins.

In order that they embrace issues like (as we stated with the show) kernel stage distant code execution; knowledge stealing; the flexibility to ship a boobyptrapped Bluetooth packet that then lets the attacker snoop in your different Bluetooth knowledge; the flexibility to bypass Apple obtain quarantine checks; and an intriguing bug that simply says “Unauthorized entry to your Hidden Photographs album”.

I’ve not used the Hidden Photographs album, however I think about they’re the images that you simply want to maintain, however you undoubtedly don’t need anybody else to see!

DOUG.   [IRONIC] In all probability, sure. [LAUGHTER]

DUCK.   The trace’s within the identify, Doug. [LAUGHTER]

And likewise a bug regarding luring you to a booby-trapped web site, after which your looking habits is likely to be tracked on-line.

So, a lot of good causes to use the patches.

DOUG.   Alright, and we’ve acquired a really highly effective but succinct remark, because it’s time to listen to from one in every of our readers on the Bare Safety podcast.

And at first I used to be very tickled by this remark, however then I acquired to pondering, “When you have a bunch of various Apple gadgets; in the event you’re an Apple individual… it’s truly exhausting to trace all these bugs.”

Paul, you do an excellent job of simply getting them multi functional place for folks to see.

And on this Apple article, Bare Safety reader Bart feedback, and I quote: “Thanks.”

DUCK.   I wish to consider that remark figuratively, if not actually, as being two phrases, as a result of it’s “Thanks. Excalamtion mark.”

DOUG.   [LAUGHS] I did depart that out of the quote…

DUCK.   As you say, all of it will get a bit bitty on Apple’s web site, since you click on on one hyperlink and also you assume, “Oh, golly, I’m wondering what’s the essential stuff right here?”

So the explanation for writing them up on Bare Safety is to try to distill that info, of which there’s pages and pages and pages, into a listing of hyperlinks multi functional place that really provides you the model quantity you want after you’ve completed the replace (so you’ll be able to confirm that you simply’ve acquired it) *and* one thing that tells you, “Listed here are the actually, actually essential issues; listed here are the bugs that the crooks are already exploiting; these are the bugs that the crooks might have discovered, however luckily, in the event you patch, you will get forward.”

DOUG.   Alright, thanks very a lot, Bart, for sending that in.

And in case you have an attention-grabbing story, remark or query or… I suppose, on this case, an interjection you’d prefer to submit, we’d like to learn on the podcast.

DUCK.   [DELIGHTED] That’s *precisely* the a part of speech that it’s, isn’t it?

DOUG.   It’s… an interjection!

It reveals pleasure or emotion. [LAUGHS]

DUCK.   Or each!

DOUG.   Or each. [LAUGHS]

You possibly can e-mail, you’ll be able to touch upon one in every of our articles, or hit us up on social: @nakedsecurity.

That’s our present for right this moment; thanks very a lot for listening.

For Paul Ducklin, I’m Doug Aamoth, reminding you till subsequent time to…

BOTH.   Keep safe.


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