80% of ethical hackers have discovered vulnerabilities that they did not face before the pandemic.
Bugcrowd Company published its annual report Inside the Mind of a Hacker on Ethical Hackers and the Economics of Cybersecurity Research. The new data points to a startling shift in the threat landscape – 8 out of 10 ethical hackers discovered vulnerabilities they had never seen before.
The study offers an in-depth look at ethical hackers, where their expertise is most used, and what organizations are doing to bring highly qualified security researchers into their programs. It also points to a growing geographic disparity in crowdsourced cybersecurity investment: Continental Europe devotes 79% less budget to ethical hacking than North America.
The report analyzes responses to surveys and security studies conducted on the Bugcrowd platform from May 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021, in addition to the millions of proprietary data points collected on vulnerabilities from 2,961 security programs.
Key findings include:
According to 91% of ethical hackers, point-in-time testing cannot provide security year-round for a company.
80% of ethical hackers have discovered a vulnerability that they did not face before the pandemic.
74% of ethical hackers have noted an increase in vulnerabilities since the onset of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) pandemic.
71% of ethical hackers started making more money with most companies moving remotely.
As 45% of ethical hackers believe, the limited scope makes it harder to find vulnerabilities.
Ethical hackers on the Bugcrowd platform have prevented $ 27 billion in cybercrime.
Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically
Specialists from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they were able to develop a PACMAN attack technique, which is possible due to a hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 processor. Moreover, it cannot be closed by software.
The attack itself is carried out using software and hardware, and it can be performed remotely. The PACMAN attack makes it possible to gain access to the kernel of the operating system. At the same time, potentially the same vulnerabilities can be in Qualcomm and Samsung processors, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The technical side of the attack is based on the Pointer Authentication function. It is used to check Pointer Authentication Codes (PACs), allowing only code-signed software to run. However, the PACMAN method allows you to select the necessary PAC values. In part, this technique is similar to Specter and Meltdown in Intel processors.
At the same time, Apple spokesman Scott Radcliffe said that the vulnerability does not pose an immediate threat to users and is not sufficient in itself to bypass operating system protections.
A few years ago, a vulnerability was already found in Arm processors that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to data.
So much for Unisoc. Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems
Unisoc is actively capturing the market for single-chip systems, although it does so exclusively in the budget segment itself. However, it turned out that these platforms have a critical vulnerability.
According to the source, the problem is in the modem’s firmware and affects both 4G and 5G platforms. The vulnerability, numbered CVE-2022-20210, was discovered while scanning Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message handlers. This vulnerability could be used to neutralize or block the device’s cellular capabilities.
The vulnerability was first discovered in the Motorola Moto G20 smartphone based on the Unisoc T700 SoC. But in the end it turned out that the same vulnerability occurs in other platforms, however, the source did not provide a list.
The Check Point specialists who discovered the vulnerability notified Unisoc back in May, and the company has already released a fix, so smartphone owners should not worry now if they update the software of their devices.
New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers
A serious vulnerability has been found in the Microsoft Office suite that could potentially allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
She was assigned the number CVE-2022-30190, and among the researchers they gave the name Follina. As noted in Kaspersky Lab, the most unpleasant thing is that there is no fix yet, and in the meantime, the vulnerability is already being actively exploited by attackers. Vulnerability CVE-2022-30190 threatens all operating systems of the Windows family, both regular and server.
While the update is being developed, experts recommend that all Windows users and administrators take advantage of temporary workarounds. As a Microsoft workaround recommends disable the MSDT URL protocol.
The CVE-2022-30190 vulnerability itself is contained in the Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), but due to the implementation of this tool, a single malicious office document is enough to exploit the vulnerability.
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