Paper: 3ROS exploit framework kit — one more for the infection road

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Nov 13, 2015

Aditya K. Sood and Rohit Bansal highlight a different side of an exploit kit.

Exploit kits are a serious plague on the Internet, made worse by the fact that the online advertisement ecosystem allows cybercriminals to run their malicious code on many websites. The kits are studied extensively by security researchers, who attempt to follow their development as the kits' authors try to make sure detection is evaded.

Today, we publish a paper by Aditya K. Sood (Elastica) and Rohit Bansal (SecNiche Security Labs), who look at another side of an exploit kit: the interface used by the malware authors who rely on exploit kits to get their malware installed on victims' machines.

The kit they looked at is 3ROS, one of the lesser-known exploit kits. Its relative obscurity is not because 3ROS isn't user-friendly: the ease with which a malware author can fine-tune the kit to their needs should be an example for many a legitimate website. (The purpose of 3ROS, of course, should not.)

You can read the article here in HTML format or download it here as a PDF.

At time of writing, the domain on which 3ROS was being sold has ceased to resolve. However, that might not be the end of this particular kit. Security firm Proofpoint recently wrote about 'Hunter', a new exploit kit that is based on 3ROS.

Posted on 13 November 2015 by Martijn Grooten

twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
hackernews.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

Haroon Meer and Adrian Sanabria to deliver VB2019 closing keynote

New additions to the VB2019 conference programme include a closing keynote address from Thinkst duo Haroon Meer and Adrian Sanabria and a talk on attacks against payment systems.

Free VB2019 tickets for students

Virus Bulletin is excited to announce that, thanks to generous sponsorship from Google Android, we are able to offer 20 free tickets to students who want to attend VB2019.

VB2018 paper: Lazarus Group: a mahjong game played with different sets of tiles

The Lazarus Group, generally linked to the North Korean government, is one of the most notorious threat groups seen in recent years. At VB2018 ESET researchers Peter Kálnai and Michal Poslušný presented a paper looking at the group's various…

Book your VB2019 ticket now for a chance to win a ticket for BSides London

Virus Bulletin is proud to sponsor this year's BSides London conference, which will take place next week, and we have a number of tickets to give away.

First 11 partners of VB2019 announced

We are excited to announce the first 11 companies to partner with VB2019, whose support will help ensure a great event.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.