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VB2017 video: Turning Trickbot: decoding an encrypted command-and-control channel

Trickbot, a banking trojan which appeared this year, seems to be a new, more modular, and more extensible malware descendant of the notorious Dyre botnet trojan. At VB2017, Symantec researcher Andrew Brandt presented a walkthrough of a typical Trickbot in…
Trickbot, first reported a year ago by Malwarebytes researcher Jérôme Segura as the successor of Dyre/Dyreza, has become perhaps the most important banking trojan of 2017. It is… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2017/11/vb2017-video-turning-trickbot-decoding-encrypted-command-and-control-channel/

Patching is important even when it only shows the maturity of your security process

A lot of vulnerabilities that are discovered are never exploited in the wild. It is still important to patch them though.
Sometimes a Tweet says more than a 50-minute conference presentation: Bad TLS as an externally measurable metric for whether an organisation has a mature security process,… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2017/09/patching-important-even-when-it-only-shows-maturity-your-security-process/

Research paper shows it may be possible to distinguish malware traffic using TLS

Researchers at Cisco have published a paper describing how it may be possible to use machine learning to distinguish malware command-and-control traffic using TLS from regular enterprise traffic, and to classify malware families based on their encrypted C…
Researchers at Cisco have published a paper (PDF) describing how it may be possible to use machine learning to distinguish malware command-and-control (C&C) traffic using TLS from… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2017/06/research-paper-shows-it-may-be-possible-distinguish-malware-traffic-using-tls/

Weak keys and prime reuse make Diffie-Hellman implementations vulnerable

'Logjam' attack possibly used by the NSA to decrypt VPN traffic.
'Logjam' attack possibly used by the NSA to decrypt VPN traffic. A group of researchers have discovered a number of vulnerabilities in the way the Diffie-Hellman key exchange… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2015/05/weak-keys-and-prime-reuse-make-diffie-hellman-implementations-vulnerable/

POODLE is the brown M&Ms of security

Just because it won't be exploited, doesn't mean you shouldn't patch it.
Just because it won't be exploited, doesn't mean you shouldn't patch it. There is a famous story about the rock band Van Halen whose lists of requirements when performing a show… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2015/04/poodle-brown-m-amp-ms-security/

FREAK attack takes HTTPS connections back to 1990s security

Golden keys from the (first) crypto wars have come back to haunt us.
Golden keys from the (first) crypto wars have come back to haunt us. When a web client makes a secure connection to a web server (using HTTPS), it starts by sending a 'Hello'… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2015/03/freak-attack-takes-https-connections-back-1990s-security/

Book review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Must-read for anyone working with one of the Internet's most important protocols.
Must-read for anyone working with one of the Internet's most important protocols. I was reading Ivan Ristić's book Bulletproof SSL and TLS when rumours started to appear about an… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2014/11/book-review-bulletproof-ssl-and-tls/

1 in 500 secure connections use forged certificate

For reasons ranging from relatively good, to actual malware.
For reasons ranging from relatively good, to actual malware. Researchers from Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University have published a paper (PDF) in which they show that out of a… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2014/05/1-500-secure-connections-use-forged-certificate/

OpenSSL vulnerability lets attackers quietly steal servers' private keys

Security firm advises regenerating keys and replacing certificates on vulnerable servers.
Security firm advises regenerating keys and replacing certificates on vulnerable servers. A very serious vulnerability in OpenSSL has caused panic among network administrators:… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2014/04/openssl-vulnerability-lets-attackers-quietly-steal-servers-private-keys/

41% of spam sent via Rustock botnet

Botnet spam back after short summer break.
Botnet spam back after short summer break. In its latest intelligence report, security firm MessageLabs reports that 41% of all spam is being sent through the Rustock botnet, an… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2010/08/41-spam-sent-rustock-botnet/