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ISC StormCast for Wednesday, August 22nd 2012 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=2752

Phishing/spam via SMS

Published: 2012-08-22
Last Updated: 2012-08-22 00:35:16 UTC
by Adrien de Beaupre (Version: 1)
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I have seen one on my own phone, and a lot of people have reported seeing them. It is an SMS mesage from a throw away or spoofed number and looks something like this:

"You have won an Apple iPad or iPhone or iPod or something from Apple, click on this www.apple.com.othercrud.baddomain"

Guess what? You have won your credentials being phished, free malware, and other badness. Ain't nothing for free. Although from the spammer/phisher point of view they get something of value from people who expect something for nothing, for little effort on the part of the spammer/phisher. Funny how that works.

Cheers,
Adrien de Beaupré
Intru-shun.ca Inc.

I will be teaching SANS Sec560 in Montreal this September, and Sec542 in Vancouver this December.

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Apple Remote Desktop update fixes no encryption issue

Published: 2012-08-22
Last Updated: 2012-08-22 00:15:28 UTC
by Adrien de Beaupre (Version: 1)
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The Remote Desktop 3.6.1 update from Apple fixes the problem that if a user connected to a remote VNC server that did not have encrytion enabled, there was no encryption, even though "Encrypt all network data" is set. The user wasnot alerted to the problem. I particularly like software that allows you to select a secure option, then promptly ignores it, without telling you. The solution is that now the Remote Desktop application first attempts to login via SSH, then tunnels over the connection. The connection will now fail is "Encrypt all network data" is set and the SSH tunnel is not established. The CVE for this issue is CVE-2012-0681. More information from Apple is here: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT5433

Thanks Dave for writing in!

Cheers,
Adrien de Beaupré
Intru-shun.ca Inc.

I will be teaching SANS Sec560 in Montreal this September, and Sec542 in Vancouver this December.

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