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InfoSec News Nuggets 2/8/2024

Google Contributes $1 Million to Rust, Says It Prevented Hundreds of Android Vulnerabilities 

oogle today announced a grant of $1 million to the Rust Foundation, meant to help improve the interoperability between Rust and C++ code. The internet giant joined the Rust Foundation in 2021, for the same reason, and has adopted the memory-safe programming language across Android and other Google products, due to its benefits for addressing memory safety vulnerabilities. “Based on historical vulnerability density statistics, Rust has proactively prevented hundreds of vulnerabilities from impacting the Android ecosystem. This investment aims to expand the adoption of Rust across various components of the platform,” said Dave Kleidermacher, Google VP of Engineering, Android Security & Privacy.  


Newest Ivanti SSRF zero-day now under mass exploitation 

An Ivanti Connect Secure and Ivanti Policy Secure server-side request forgery (SSRF) vulnerability tracked as CVE-2024-21893 is currently under mass exploitation by multiple attackers. Ivanti first warned about the flaw in the gateway’s SAML components on January 31, 2024, giving it a zero-day status for limited active exploitation, impacting a small number of customers. Exploitation of CVE-2024-21893 allowed attackers to bypass authentication and access restricted resources on vulnerable devices (versions 9.x and 22.x). 


Google says spyware vendors behind most zero-days it discovers 

Commercial spyware vendors (CSV) were behind 80% of the zero-day vulnerabilities Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) discovered in 2023 and used to spy on devices worldwide. Zero-day vulnerabilities are security flaws the vendors of impacted software do not know about or for which there are no available fixes. Google’s TAG has been following the activities of 40 commercial spyware vendors to detect exploitation attempts, protect users of its products, and help safeguard the broader community by reporting key findings to the appropriate parties. 


From Cybercrime Saul Goodman to the Russian GRU 

In 2021, the exclusive Russian cybercrime forum Mazafaka was hacked. The leaked user database shows one of the forum’s founders was an attorney who advised Russia’s top hackers on the legal risks of their work, and what to do if they got caught. A review of this user’s hacker identities shows that during his time on the forums he served as an officer in the special forces of the GRU, the foreign military intelligence agency of the Russian Federation. Launched in 2001 under the tagline “Network terrorism,” Mazafaka would evolve into one of the most guarded Russian-language cybercrime communities. The forum’s member roster includes a Who’s Who of top Russian cybercriminals, and it featured sub-forums for a wide range of cybercrime specialities, including malware, spam, coding and identity theft. 


IT suppliers hacked off with Uncle Sam’s demands in aftermath of cyberattacks 

Organizations that sell IT services to Uncle Sam are peeved at proposed changes to procurement rules that would require them to allow US government agencies full access to their systems in the event of a security incident. The rules were unveiled in a draft update to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that refreshes security reporting standards for government contractors in line with President Biden’s 2021 executive order on the topic. 

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