Industry News Coverage
Below is a comprehensive monthly review of the news and other media's coverage of CVE. A brief summary of each news item is listed with its title, author (if identified), date, and media source.
eWeek.com, April 10, 2015
CVE is mentioned in an April 9, 2015 article entitled "Apple Patches Critical Backdoor Flaw in OS X 10.10.3" on eWeek. CVE is first mentioned when the author states: Among the security issues patched in OS X 10.10.3 is a security vulnerability in its administration framework. The issue, identified as CVE-2015-1130, was reported by security researcher Emile Kvarnhammar, CEO at TrueSec. … While Apple has now fixed the CVE-2015-1130 in the 10.10.3 update for users of Apple's Yosemite OS 10.10 operating system, older OS X systems are also at risk."
CVE is mentioned a second time, when the author states: "Apple also has nine patches in OS X 10.10.3 for various OS X kernel vulnerabilities. Among the patched kernel flaws is CVE-2015-1103, which was discovered by Zimperium Mobile Security Labs. According to Apple's advisory, the flaw could have enabled an attacker to redirect user traffic to arbitrary hosts."
CVE is mentioned a third time, when the author states: "Apple is also providing its OS X users with the Safari 8.0.5 update. Seven security updates in the Safari browser are specifically for the WebKit rendering engine. One particularly nasty flaw fixed in Safari is CVE-2015-1129, an SSL/TLS tracking issue. According to Apple, the vulnerability could have enabled users to be tracked by malicious Websites using client certificates."
Google, Inc., April 2, 2015
CVE-IDs are mentioned throughout Google, Inc.'s "Google Report Android Security 2014 Year in Review" to uniquely identify many of the vulnerabilities referenced in the report text. According to Google's Android Security State of the Union 2014 blog post on April 2, 2015, the report "analyzes billions (!) of data points gathered every day during 2014 and provides comprehensive and in-depth insight into security of the Android ecosystem. We hope this will help us share our approaches and data-driven decisions with the security community in order to keep users safer and avoid risk."
Google is a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA), assigning CVE-IDs for Chrome, Chrome OS, and Android Open Source Project issues. CNAs are major OS vendors, security researchers, and research organizations that assign CVE-IDs newly discovered issues without directly involving MITRE in the details of the specific vulnerabilities, and include the CVE-ID numbers in the first public disclosure of the vulnerabilities.
The free report is available for download at http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2015/04/android-security-state-of-union-2014.html.
CVE Identifier "CVE-2015-0932" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about a Zero-Day Hotel Wi-Fi Network Vulnerability, March 2015
"CVE-2015-0932" is cited in numerous major advisories, posts, and news media references related to a zero-day hotel Wi-Fi network vulnerability, including the following examples:
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2015-0932" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier page https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0932 includes a list of advisories used as references.
ZDNet, March 31, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a March 31, 2015 article entitled "Reconnaissance malware wave strikes energy sector: Symantec says a new Trojan-based campaign, focused on the Middle East, is targeting the energy industry and its trade secrets" on ZDNet. CVE is mentioned when the author states: "Symantec says the initial attack vector stems from the moneytrans[.]eu domain, which acts as an SMTP server. Emails sent from this domain contain a malicious file containing an exploit for the Microsoft Windows Common Controls ActiveX Control Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0158). Once a victim clicks on the email and opens the attachment -- usually in the guise of an Excel file -- Laziok is dropped."
Visit CVE-2012-0158 to learn more about the issue cited above.
TheRegister.com, March 24, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a March 24, 2015 article entitled "Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability: Cross-site request forgery flaw takes the wind out of renewable energy" on The Register.
CVE is mentioned at the beginning of the article, when the author states: "It had to happen, we suppose: since even a utility-grade wind turbine might ship with a handy Webby control interface, someone was bound to do it badly. That's what's emerged in a new ICS-CERT advisory: CVE-2015-0985 details how turbines from US manufacturer XZERES allow the user name and password to be retrieved from the company's 442 SR turbine. As the advisory notes, "This exploit can cause a loss of power for all attached systems". The turbine in question is, according to the company, "deployed across the energy sector" worldwide."
Visit CVE-2015-0985 for more information about this issue.
NetworkWorld, March 10, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a March 10, 2015 article entitled "March 2015 Patch Tuesday: 5 of 14 rated Critical and Microsoft issues a fix for FREAK" on NetworkWorld. CVE is mentioned when the author quotes Tripwire, Inc. security researcher Craig Young, as follows: "While Microsoft's fix to nix the FREAK attack seems to be getting all the love, "enterprises should know by now the importance of patching critical Office and Explorer vulnerabilities; MS15-027, a NETLOGON spoofing vulnerability, could be just as important to an enterprise," [Young] added. "The underlying vulnerability, CVE-2015-0005, could enable a successful attacker to move deeper into a network after breaching a workstation through a separate attack. For example an intruder could use the Office defect to gain low-level access into a network and then use impersonation techniques leveraging CVE-2015-0005 to further penetrate the network. The risk of APT and insider threat make it imperative that enterprises patch their domain controllers with MS15-027 immediately."
Visit CVE-2015-0005 to learn more about the issue cited above.
eWeek, March 10, 2015
CVE is mentioned throughout a March 10, 2015 article entitled "Stuxnet Flaw Finally Gets Patched After More Than 4 Years" on eWeek. CVE is mentioned when the author states: "The Stuxnet worm was an exploit that was used against a nuclear facility in Iran back in 2010, in part by taking advantage of a vulnerability in Windows. The vulnerability that enabled Stuxnet was identified as CVE-2010-2568, which was thought to have been patched by Microsoft in October 2010. More than four years later, Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) has discovered that the CVE-2010-2568 fix was not, in fact, complete and the underlying vulnerability has remained exploitable the whole time."
CVE is mentioned a second time when the author notes that a second CVE Identifier has been issued: "The proof-of-concept code exploits that HP's ZDI provided to Microsoft on the security flaw were designed to bypass the validation checks put in place by MS10-046, the bulletin released in 2010 to patch CVE-2010-2568, [vulnerability research manager for HP Security Research Brian Gorenc said]. Rather than update the CVE-2010-2568 vulnerability information, a new identifier has been assigned with CVE 2015-0096 to encompass the expanded impact."
CVE is mentioned a third time in another quote by Gorenc, who states: "CVE-2015-0096 is a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system that allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by having the target simply browse to a directory containing a malicious .LNK file. The patch for CVE-2010-2568 did not completely address the issues present in the Windows Shell, and the weaknesses left are now being resolved five years later as CVE-2015-0096."
CVE Identifier "CVE-2011-2461" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about a Still Exploitable 4-Year-Old Adobe Flex Vulnerability, March 2015
"CVE-2011-2461" is cited in numerous major advisories, posts, and news media references related to a still exploitable four-year-old Adobe Flex vulnerability, including the following examples:
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2011-2461" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier page https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2011-2461 includes a list of advisories used as references.
CVE Identifiers "CVE-2015-0204" and
"CVE-2015-0291" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about the FREAK Vulnerability,
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2015-0204" and "CVE-2015-0291" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier pages https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0204 and https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0291 each includes a list of advisories used as references.
TheRegister.com, February 26, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a February 26, 2015 article entitled "Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious: Three big bads, six medium messes and 1024-bit certs all binned in one release" on The Register. CVE is mentioned when the author states: "Mozilla has outfoxed three critical and six high severity flaws in its latest round of patches for its flagship browser. It stomps out memory safety bugs, exploitable use-after-free crashes, and a buffer overflow. Of the critical crashes, bad guys could potentially craft attacks targeting MP4 video playback through a buffer overflow in the libstagefright library (CVE-2015-0829). Another potential exploitable crash that is unlikely to be a threat in email clients where scripting was disabled centres on a use-after-free flaw for specific web content with IndexedDB (CVE-2015-0831). The third are a bunch of memory bugs (CVE-2015-0836) (CVE-2015-0835) Mozilla and its fans found in the engine behind the company's products including Firefox browser that dedicated attackers could probably exploit, given enough coffee."
TheRegister.com, February 24, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a February 24, 2015 article entitled "Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code" on The Register. CVE is mentioned at the outset of the article when the author states: "Linux admins were sent scrambling to patch their boxes on Monday after a critical vulnerability was revealed in Samba, the open source Linux-and-Windows-compatibility software. The bug, which has been designated CVE-2015-0240, lies in the smbd file server daemon. Samba versions 3.5.0 through 4.2.0rc4 are affected, the Samba Project said in a security alert. An attacker who successfully exploits the flaw could potentially execute code remotely with root privileges, the project's developers warned. Root access is automatic and no login or authentication is necessary."
Visit CVE-2015-0240 to learn more about this issue.
SCMagazine.com, February 23, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a February 23, 2015 article entitled "Older vulnerabilities a top enabler of breaches, according to report" on SC Magazine about the "HP Cyber Risk Report 2015". CVE is mentioned at the outset of the article when the author states: "Organizations are not properly patching their systems and networks, according to the HP Cyber Risk Report 2015, which took a look back at the threat landscape in 2014 and noted that 44 percent of known breaches were possible due to vulnerabilities identified years ago. Accounting for 33 percent of identified exploit samples in 2014 is CVE-2010-2568, a popular Microsoft Windows vulnerability that was used as one of the infection vectors for Stuxnet, Jewel Timpe, senior manager of threat research at HP Security Research, told SCMagazine.com on Monday." CVE is mentioned a second time when the author states: "The report shows that CVE-2010-0188, a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, accounted for 11 percent of exploit samples in 2014. Six Oracle Java bugs identified in 2012 and 2013 also made the top ten list, as well as two Microsoft Office flaws – one identified in 2009 and the other in 2012."
TechWorld.com.com, February 23, 2015
CVE-IDs are used throughout a February 23, 2015 article entitled "The top software exploit of 2014? The Stuxnet XP flaw from 2010, reckons HP" on TechWorld.com to uniquely identify the vulnerabilities discussed. CVE is mentioned at the very beginning of the article when the author states: "For cyber-attackers, the old flaws are still the best, according to HP's Cyber Risk Report 2014 and it has a startling piece of evidence to back up its claim – the most commonly exploited software vulnerability for last year was the infamous .lnk flaw in Windows XP made famous by Stuxnet in the distant summer of 2010. Designated CVE-2010-2568, this on its own accounted for a third of all exploits the firm detected being used against its customers, just ahead of the even older CVE-2010-0188, a flaw in Adobe's Reader and Acrobat, responsible for 11 percent of exploits." Other CVE-IDs discussed in the article include CVE-2009-3129 for a Microsoft Office issue; CVE-2014-0322 and CVE-2014-0307, both for Internet Explorer issues, and CVE-2013-4787 for the Android Master Key vulnerability. An illustrated chart is also included with the article listing 10 security flaws, each of which is identified by its CVE-ID number.
Techlicious.com, February 18, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a February 18, 2015 article entitled "The Best Mac Security Software" on Techlicious. CVE is mentioned when the author states: "Many Mac owners may be under the impression that their computers don't need antivirus protection. They're inherently safer, right? While there are fewer Trojan horses, viruses and worms designed to attack Macs than PCs, that doesn't mean they're immune to infection. … In fact, a serious threat to Macs was verified as recently as December 2014, according to the National Vulnerability Database. To combat this threat, Apple issued its first ever automatic security update for Mac computers in December. (Previously, Mac users would initiate the security updates themselves.) The bug, CVE-2014-9295, could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines through a vulnerability with the network time protocol, or NTP, which synchronizes a computer's clock. It was serious enough that Apple didn’t want to wait for users to fix it themselves, according to Reuters."
Visit CVE-2014-9295 to learn more about this issue.
AndroidHeadlines.com, February 18, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a February 18, 2015 article entitled "NowSecure Provides Fix For Serious Vulnerabilities Found In 80 Percent Of Samsung Devices Last Year" on Android Headlines. CVE is mentioned at the outset of the article, when the author states: "A major vulnerability, named "Corrupdate" because of the methods used to gain access to a pair of system applications from Samsung, has been announced; it affects nearly 80% of all Samsung Android devices including the Galaxy S5 and Note 4. The vulnerability was discovered by security researchers Ryan Welton and Jake Van Dyke of NowSecure. NowSecure, a mobile security vendor, reported the issues to Samsung and assisted with creating a patch for the affected devices. They also have confirmed that the patch that was created has appeared to work. This vulnerability affects The Samsung Account and Samsung GALAXY Applications or on some devices may be called Samsung Apps and Samsung Updates, and because they are system applications, they cannot be uninstalled. For those of you who track vulnerabilities, GALAXY Apps has been assigned CVE-2015-0863 and Samsung Account has been assigned CVE-2015-0864."
CVE Cited in News Media References and Posts about Google's Updated Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, February 13, 2015
CVE is included in Google Inc.'s refined Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, as described in a February 13, 2015 blog post entitled "Feedback and data-driven updates to Google's disclosure policy" on its Project Zero blog. CVE is mentioned as bullet 3 of 3 as improvements to the policy, as follows: "Assignment of CVEs. CVEs are an industry standard for uniquely identifying vulnerabilities. To avoid confusion, it's important that the first public mention of a vulnerability should include a CVE. For vulnerabilities that go past deadline, we'll ensure that a CVE has been pre-assigned."
Release of the updated policy also resulted in CVE being cited in numerous major news media references and posts, including the following examples:
CVE Identifier "CVE-2015-0313" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about a Zero-Day Adobe Flash Vulnerability, February 12, 2015
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2015-0313" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier page https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0313 includes a list of advisories used as references.
CVE Identifier "CVE-2015-0235" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about "Ghost" Vulnerability, January 30, 2015
"CVE-2015-0235" was cited in numerous major advisories, posts, and news media references related to the recent Ghost vulnerability, including the following examples:
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2015-0235" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier page https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0235 includes a list of advisories used as references.
Tripwire.com Website, January 20, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a January 20, 2014 article about responsible vulnerability disclosure entitled "Hacker halted… What is it?" on the Tripwire, Inc.'s State of Security blog. The article is a follow-up to a presentation by Tripwire's Vulnerability and Exposures Research Team at "Hacker Halted 2014" about the vulnerability disclosure process and the turnaround times for creating patches.
CVE is mentioned in a section of the article entitled "Responsible Disclosure," when the author states:
"There are a few steps to properly disclose a vulnerability to a vendor.
The author concludes the article as follows: "If we don't properly disclose vulnerabilities, we not only hurt ourselves but we hurt others. It's like driving home drunk — the moment you get into your vehicle you put your life, and others, at risk. While a vulnerability may not be as dire, we need to work together with the vendors to properly disclose and fix vulnerabilities."
TechWorld.com, January 5, 2015
CVE is mentioned in a January 5, 2015 article entitled "Think that software library is safe to use? Think again…" on TechWorld.com. The main topic of the article is that third-party software code libraries and components are not bug-free and that the "major patching efforts triggered by the Heartbleed, Shellshock and POODLE flaws last year highlight the effect of critical vulnerabilities in third-party code. The flaws affected software that runs on servers, desktop computers, mobile devices and hardware appliances, affecting millions of consumers and businesses."
CVE is first referenced as an example when the author states: "One example… is a vulnerability discovered in 2006… The flaw was among several that affected LibTIFF and were fixed in a new release at the time. It was tracked as CVE-2006-3459 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database." CVE is mentioned again in a quote about this example by Risk Based Security, Inc.'s Chief Research Officer, Carsten Eiram, who states: "In 2010, a vulnerability was fixed in Adobe Reader, which turned out to be one of the vulnerabilities covered by CVE-2006-3459. For four years, a vulnerable and outdated version of LibTIFF had been bundled with Adobe Reader, and it was even proven to be exploitable. Adobe Systems has since become one of the software vendors taking the threat of flaws in third-party components seriously. They've made major improvements to their process of tracking and addressing vulnerabilities in the third-party libraries and components used in their products."
Visit CVE-2006-3459 to learn more about the issue cited above. To learn about "Heartbleed" see CVE-2014-0160; for "Bash Shellshock" see CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, CVE-2014-7187, CVE-2014-6277, and CVE-2014-6278; and for "POODLE" see CVE-2014-3566.
CVE Identifier "CVE-2014-9295" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about the Apple/Linux Network Time Protocol Vulnerability, December 2014
"CVE-2014-9295" was cited in numerous major advisories, posts, and news media references related to the recent Network Time Protocol vulnerability affecting Apple and Linux operating systems, including the following examples:
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2014-9295" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier page https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-9295 includes a list of advisories used as references.
CVE Identifier "CVE-2014-9222" Cited in Numerous Security Advisories and News Media References about "Misfortune Cookie" Vulnerability, December 2014
"CVE-2014-9222" was cited in numerous major advisories, posts, and news media references related to the recent Misfortune Cookie vulnerability, including the following examples:
Other news articles may be found by searching on "CVE-2014-9222" using your preferred search engine. Also, the CVE Identifier page https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-9222 includes a list of advisories used as references.
eWeek.com, December 20, 2014
"CVE-2014-9390" was cited in a December 20, 2014 article entitled "Git Vulnerability Exposed; Patch Now or Be Hacked Later" on eWeek.com. CVE is mentioned at the beginning of the article when the author states: "A new vulnerability has been reported and was patched on Dec. 18 in the widely used open-source Git source-code management system. The vulnerability has been identified as CVE-2014-9390 and impacts Git clients running on Windows and Mac OS X. Git is an open-source source-code management system used by developers on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, and includes both a host server-side component as well as a local client on developer machines. Git is also the open-source technology behind the popular GitHub code repository. Linus Torvalds, best known as the creator of the open-source Linux operating system, developed Git. Somewhat ironically, the author of the rival Mercurial open-source version control system first discovered the CVE-2014-9390 issue, which also impacts Mercurial."
CVE is mentioned again when the author notes that patches are now available for the issue: "The fix for the CVE-2014-9390 vulnerability is now present in the new Git v2.2.1 release and has also been patched in Mercurial version 3.2.3. Although the issue only directly affects Windows and Mac OS X users, Linux users are also being advised to be cautious." CVE is mentioned for a third time at the end of the article, as follows: "Metasploit is often the first place where new exploits come for security researchers to be able to test vulnerabilities. It is likely that an exploit for CVE-2014-9390 will find its way into Metasploit at some point to be able to demonstrate the vulnerability."
Visit CVE-2014-9390 to learn more about this issue.
Infosecurity-Magazine.com, December 11, 2014
CVE is mentioned in a December 11, 2014 article entitled "ICS-CERT: BlackEnergy Attacks on Critical Infrastructure" on Infosecurity-Magazine.com. The main focus of the article is a "sophisticated malware campaign that has compromised numerous industrial control systems (ICS) environments using a variant of the BlackEnergy malware appears to be targeting internet-connected human-machine interfaces (HMIs). The BlackEnergy campaign has been ongoing since at least 2011, and the United States' ICS-CERT recently published information and technical indicators about it… "
CVE is mentioned when the author states: "Typical malware deployments have included modules that search out any network-connected file shares and removable media for additional lateral movement within the affected environment. Analysis suggests that the actors likely used automated tools to discover and compromise vulnerable systems as an initial vector. For instance, the organization's analysis has identified that systems running GE's Cimplicity HMI with a direct connection to the internet are being targeted using an exploit for a vulnerability in GE's Cimplicity HMI product that has been known since at least January 2012. GE has patched the vulnerability, CVE-2014-0751, so users should update their systems immediately."
Visit CVE-2014-0751 to learn more about this issue.
eWeek.com, December 9, 2014
CVE is mentioned in a December 9, 2014 article entitled "Microsoft Fixes 24 Flaws in 2014's Last Patch Tuesday" on eWeek.com.
CVE is mentioned at the very beginning of the article when the author states: "Microsoft came out with its December Patch Tuesday update, marking the final set of regularly scheduled security updates for 2014. In total, Microsoft is fixing 24 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) this month, across seven security advisories. Of those seven security advisories, Microsoft rated only three as critical. One of the critical advisories is MS14-080, which patches 14 CVEs in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. The December CVE count in IE is actually a decline from the 17 CVEs patched in November's Patch Tuesday update."
Visit the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2014 for more information about these issues.