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Microsoft has revealed that this week’s Microsoft 365 worldwide outage

By Sergiu Gatlan June 22, 2022 07:23 AM

Microsoft has revealed that this week’s Microsoft 365 worldwide outage was caused by an infrastructure power outage that led to traffic management servicing failovers in multiple regions.

Starting on Monday, June 20, at 11:00 PM UTC, customers began experiencing and reporting several issues while trying to access and use Microsoft 365 services.
Microsoft reveals cause behind this week’s Microsoft 365 outage

According to Microsoft, problems encountered during the incident included delays and failures when accessing some Microsoft 365 services.

Customer reports also shared info on continuous re-login requests, emails not getting delivered after being stuck in queues, and the inability to access Exchange Online mailboxes despite trying all available connection methods.

The affected services included the Microsoft Teams communication platform, the Exchange Online hosted email platform, SharePoint Online, Universal Print, and the Graph API.

Microsoft’s response while investigating the root cause behind the outage also brought to light some issues related to how the company fails to share new incident-related info with customers.

Even though Microsoft told customers they could find out more about this incident from the admin center under EX394347 and MO394389, user reports suggest that those incident tickets were not showing up, effectively keeping the customers in the dark.

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CISA Recommends Organizations Update to the Latest Version of Google Chrome
Google last week reported seven vulnerabilities in the browser, four of which it rated as high severity.
CISA: Flaws Allow Attackers to Take Control of Affected Systems

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Friday urged users and administrators to update to a new version of Chrome that Google released last week to fix a total of seven vulnerabilities in its browser.

In an advisory, Google described four of the flaws — three of which were reported to the company by external researchers — as presenting a high risk for organizations. The company said it had decided to restrict access to bug details until most users have updated to the new version of Chrome (102.0.5005.115).

Microsoft Releases June 2022 Security Updates
06/14/2022 02:53 PM EDT

Original release date: June 14, 2022

Microsoft has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. An attacker can exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

CISA encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft’s June 2022 Security Update Summary and Deployment Information and apply the necessary updates.

This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Technical Advisory: CVE-2022-30190 Zero-day Vulnerability “Follina” in Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool

Quick Overview by Bitdefender

On Monday, May 30, 2022, Microsoft issued CVE-2022-30190, a zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT). The first detections in the wild indicate that this vulnerability is triggered remotely from Microsoft Office documents. 

This is a critical issue as cybercriminals often choose Office documents as a popular tactic to infect victims with their malicious content. This vulnerability (referred to as “Follina”) only requires users to open a single document and no further interactions are necessary before the system is compromised. The end-user doesn’t even need to open the document in certain situations (document with RTF extension and the preview pane enabled). 

A CVE has been assigned by Microsoft, but there is no patch available as of May 31st, 2022. This is a critical issue, as it is not mitigated by disabling macros and Protected View offers only limited protection. 

It is important to note that this vulnerability is related to the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), not necessarily to Microsoft Office. Office has been used to weaponize this vulnerability in the wild, but it is not needed to trigger this vulnerability. There are also other methods to trigger this vulnerability. There are effectively two vulnerabilities: 1) Microsoft Office template injection trusting the MS-MSDT protocol and 2) the MS-MSDT protocol allowing malicious code execution.

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New Microsoft Zero-Day Attack Underway

Microsoft Releases Workaround Guidance for MSDT “Follina” Vulnerability
Original release date: May 31, 2022
New Microsoft Zero-Day Attack Underway
“Follina” vulnerability in Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) affects all currently supported Windows versions and can be triggered via specially crafted Office documents.

Microsoft has released workaround guidance to address a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability—CVE-2022-30190, known as “Follina”—affecting the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) in Windows. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. Microsoft has reported active exploitation of this vulnerability in the wild.

CISA urges users and administrators to review Microsoft’s Guidance for CVE-2022-30190 Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool Vulnerability and apply the necessary workaround.

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New Chaos Malware Variant Ditches Wiper for Encryption

New Chaos Malware Variant Ditches Wiper for Encryption
Tara Seals
Managing Editor, News, Dark Reading

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The Chaos malware-builder, which climbed up as a wiper from the underground murk nearly a year ago, has shape-shifted with a rebranded binary dubbed Yashma that incorporates fully fledged ransomware capabilities.

That’s according to researchers at BlackBerry, who say that Chaos is on track to become a significant threat to businesses of every size.

Chaos began life last June purporting to be a builder for a .NET version of the Ryuk ransomware – a ruse its operators leaned into hard, even using Ryuk branding on its user interface. However, a Trend Micro analysis at the time showed that binaries created with this initial version shared very little heritage with the well-known ransomware baddie. Instead, the sample was “more akin to a destructive trojan than to traditional ransomware,” the firm noted – mainly overwriting files and rendering them unrecoverable.

Inside the Chaos
Chaos targets more than 100 default file extensions for encryption and also has a list of files it avoids targeting, including .DLL, .EXE, .LNK, and .INI – presumably to prevent crashing a victim’s device by locking up system files.

In each folder affected by the malware, it drops the ransom note as “read_it.txt.”

“This option is highly customizable within all iterations of the builder, giving malware operators the ability to include any text they want as the ransom note,” according to BlackBerry’s analysis. “In all versions of Chaos Ransomware Builder, the default note stays relatively unchanged, and it includes references to the Bitcoin wallet of the apparent creator of this threat.”

Over time, the malware has added more sophisticated capabilities, such as the ability to:

  • Delete shadow copies
  • Delete backup catalogs
  • Disable Windows recovery mode
  • Change the victim’s desktop wallpaper
  • Customizable file-extension lists
  • Better encryption compatibility
  • Run on startup
  • Drop the malware as a different process
  • Sleep prior to execution
  • Disrupt recovery systems
  • Propagate the malware over network connections
  • Choose a custom encryption file-extension
  • Disable the Windows Task Manager
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iPhones Open to Attack Even When Off, Researchers Say

Wireless chips that run when the iPhone iOS is shut down can be exploited.
By Dark Reading Staff

Bluetooth, near-field communication (NFC) and ultra-wideband (UWB) operate when iPhone’s iOS system is shut off, meaning even powered-down devices are vulnerable to attack.

New research from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany examined the chips that enable the “Find My” functions and allow users to access banking and identification information even when the device is in low-power mode. This access also has the unintended consequence of leaving the device open to attack, even though the user might think the iPhone is offline and secure. according to the team’s paper, entitled “Evil Never Sleeps.”

“On recent iPhones, Bluetooth, near field communication (NFC), and U=ultra-wideband (UWB) keep running after power off, and all three wireless chips have direct access to the secure element,” the paper states. “As a practical example what this means to security, we demonstrate the possibility to load malware onto a Bluetooth chip that is executed while the iPhone is off.”

That said, exploitation is far from simple, requiring several steps and the use of known bugs like BrakTooth, the researchers explain.

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Zero-Click Zoom Bug Allows Code Execution Just by Sending a Message

Google has disclosed a nasty set of six bugs affecting Zoom chat that can be chained together for MitM and RCE attacks, no user interaction required.

A vulnerability chain discovered in Zoom’s chat functionality can be exploited to allow zero-click remote code execution (RCE), threat hunters have revealed.

Google’s Project Zero uncovered an attack path that would allow cyber adversaries to silently force a victim to connect to a man-in-the-middle (MitM) server — no user action needed. From there, attackers can intercept and modify client update requests and responses in order to send the victim a malicious update, which will automatically download and execute, thus allowing RCE.

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CISA and DoD Release 5G Security Evaluation Process Investigation Study

CISA and DoD Release 5G Security Evaluation Process Investigation Study
05/26/2022 09:00 AM EDT

2.3 5G Threat Landscape
A key input to any security risk assessment is threat analysis. The 5G system model supports
depiction of the attack surface for the investigation. There are numerous threat frameworks such as
those offered by MITRE ATT&CK® [5]; the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity’s (ENISA) 5G
Threat Landscape [6]; the Threat Modeling Framework for Mobile Communication Systems [7];
3GPP’s Security Assurance Specifications (SCAS) and Technical Specification (TS) 33.501 [8];
publications released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security,
Reliability, and Interoperability Council VII (CSRIC) [9]; 5G Enablers for Network and System Security
and Resilience (ENSURE) [10]; and the GSM Association’s (GSMA) Security Manual [11]. The study
team examined these resources as well as threat analyses conducted by 3GPP and a paper on
potential 5G threat vectors published by the Enduring Security Framework’s 5G Threat Model
Working Panel [12]. Figure 3 shows some of the threats to the 5G subsystems that were extracted
from these sources. Some of the threats such as eavesdropping, theft of user data, or user location
tracking may impact integrity and confidentiality of user data as well as service availability to
individual users. Other threats may impact local or regional network, application, or service availability
(e.g., denial of service [DoS] or Distributed DoS [DDoS] attacks, misconfigured or compromised
virtualization platforms or network functions, vulnerable components [supply chain threats], or
physical attacks on edge computing components), with follow-on effects on the confidentiality,
integrity, and availability of 5G services and applications for enterprises relying on 5G for their
missions

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Microsoft the No. 1 Most-Spoofed Brand in Phishing Attacks (O365)

1) Microsoft the No. 1 Most-Spoofed Brand in Phishing Attacks
Nearly 60% of all phishing attacks impersonate Microsoft and about half a million Microsoft 365 accounts were compromised in 2021, new data shows.

Barracuda Networks’ telemetry — from from millions of emails it analyzed — shows that in 2021, a little over half of all social engineering attacks came via phishing, and Microsoft was the most-impersonated brand in those attack attempts. Overall, attackers sent 3 million emails from 12,000 compromised accounts, and one in five organizations suffered an account compromise last year.

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1) Google Emergency Update Fixes Chrome Zero-Day
Google patches a critical flaw in its Chrome browser, bringing its count of zero-day vulnerabilities fixed in 2022 to four already. Do you really want to use Chrome or Google period let alone Google Mail
2) Microsoft Releases Advisory to Address Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2022-26809)
3)Microsoft Releases April 2022 Security Updates (112)
4) Apple Releases Security Updates (its getting worse)

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Industry News Security

Google Fixes Critical Security Flaw in Chrome’s Blink Engine – Patch Now! (https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/google-fixes-critical-security-flaw-in-chromes-blink-engine-patch-now/)

Google this week is rolling out an incremental update to Chrome users to address multiple security flaws, including many labeled high risk. One flaw, discovered in the browser’s rendering engine, is rated critical. Chrome 99 has been around since the beginning of March [https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/chrome-99-rolls-out-with-dozens-of-security-fixes-update-now/] . In the meantime, researchers have kept busy mining the browser’s code for bugs, not just to keep users safe from hackers, but also to fetch a well-deserved bug bounty. Yesterday personally I dealt with 3 gmail scams account be hacked and sending encrypted messages on compromised mail accounts

Researchers Identify Backdoor Infection Spike on Several GoDaddy-Hosted Websites

Researchers Identify Backdoor Infection Spike on Several GoDaddy-Hosted Websites (https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/researchers-identify-backdoor-infection-spike-on-several-godaddy-hosted-websites/)
Security researchers have noticed a surge in backdoor infections on hundreds of websites hosted on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress service, all compromised by the same payload. The incident affects websites such as tsoHost, MediaTemple, Domain Factory, Heart Internet,

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