Archive | December, 2007

Malware Numbers Still Increasing Rapidly


It seems like malware numbers are going up, rather than down as I would expect. But then if you think about it as a numbers game, the more people that come online – the more in absolute terms that are going to have nefarious intent. This means more hackers, more script kiddies and more malware.

It’s getting to be exponential though – but I guess we are safe as it’s not getting much more advanced than it was 10 years ago.

Finnish security vendor F-Secure has collected twice as many malicious software samples this year than it has over the last 20 years, a trend that highlights the growing danger of malicious software on the Internet.

Through the end of 2006 and 20 years prior, F-Secure counted a total of 250,000 samples, said Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure’s chief research officer. This year alone, 250,000 samples have been counted, he said.

I think a lot of them are just variations on existing viruses or worms, trying to modify them to bypass anti-virus solutions and make them a bit more intelligent.

Still not seeing much polymorphic stuff though.

Statistics on malware from antivirus companies can vary since the data is often derived from what their customers experience while using their software, and it depends on how widely that software is used.

But other security vendors have also noted the flood of new malware on the Internet over the last few years. Symantec said earlier this year that it detected 212,101 new malicious code threats between January and June, an increased of 185 percent over the same period a year prior.

The astounding increase shows that hackers “are generating large number of different [malware] variants on purpose to make the lives of antivirus vendors more difficult,” Hypponen said.

Get that Avast! installed on all your relatives computers and keep them safe, along with Firefox of course.

Source: Network World

Posted in: Malware

Topic: Malware


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Technitium FREE MAC Address Changer v4.7 – Released for Download


The newest version of Technitium MAC Address Changer was released a while back, v4.7. There are some minor changes and it’s looking to be pretty polished for a free tool.

Of course some might say “It’s just a registry entry? What’s the big deal?” Well this just makes it easier, especially when you are doing audits and such changing your MAC address is something you might do quite often.

Technitium MAC Address Changer allows you to change Media Access Control (MAC) Address of your Network Interface Card (NIC) irrespective to your NIC manufacturer or its driver. It has a very simple user interface and provides ample information regarding each NIC in the machine. Every NIC has an MAC address hard coded in its circuit by its manufacturer. This hard coded MAC address is used by windows drivers to access Ethernet Networks (LAN). This tool can set a new MAC address to your NIC, bypassing the original hard coded MAC address.

Technitium MAC Address Changer v4.7 is coded in Visual Basic 6.0.

  • Changes MAC address of Network Interface Card (NIC) including Wireless LAN Cards, irrespective of its manufacturer or its drivers.
  • Has latest list of all known manufacturers (with corporate addresses) to choose from. You can also enter any MAC address and know which manufacturer it belongs to.
  • Allows you to select random MAC address from the list of manufacturers by just clicking a button.
  • Restarts your NIC automatically to apply MAC address changes instantaneously.
  • Allows you to create Configuration Presets, which saves all your NIC settings and makes it very simple to switch between many settings in just a click and hence saves lot of time.
  • Allows you to Import or Export Configuration Presets to or from another file, which saves lot of time spent in reconfiguration.
  • Has command line interface which allows you to perform all the tasks from the command prompt or you can even create a DOS batch program to carry out regular tasks (see help for command line parameter details).
  • Displays all information you would ever need to know about your NIC in one view like Device Name, Configuration ID, Hardware ID, Connection Status, Link Speed, DHCP details, TCP/IP details etc.
  • Displays total bytes sent and received through the NIC.
  • Displays current data transfer speed per second.
  • Quick keyboard shortcuts for most operations.

You can download Technitium MAC Address Changer v4.7 here:

Technitium MAC Address Changer v4.7

Or read more here.

Posted in: Networking Hacking Tools, Security Software

Topic: Networking Hacking Tools, Security Software


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WabiSabiLabi Pimping ClamAV Vulnerability & Exploit


Interesting, a new arena for marketing spin and sales talk – the auctioning of exploits.

WabiSabiLabi is pushing hard for a good price for a ClamAV vulnerability and exploit that it has gotten hold of, it’s dosing it up with a good portion of spin to make it seem like the next big thing – I guess because no one bidded on it.

WabiSabiLabi, which bills itself as the eBay of software vulnerabilities, has borrowed a page from used car salesmen, except instead of talking up their affordable rates and low down payments, the outfit is championing the sale of a nasty sounding exploit that puts Unix boxes at risk.

The vulnerability resides in ClamAV, an open source anti-virus toolkit for Unix-based email gateways. Two weeks ago, WabiSabiLabi listed the auction of exploit code that targets the antivirus program, so far without a single person bidding on it. Enter the group’s marketing monkeys, who in a blog post are trying to drum up interest.

Enter the marketing machine, enter the buzzwords! Remote code execution – wooo!

It doesn’t seem like they are doing too well.

The shameless plug also comes amid what might be considered less-than-spectacular enthusiasm for WabiSabiLabi’s vulnerability marketplace. In all, it records 38 auctions listed since the site went live in August. Of the 19 listings currently pending at the time of writing, only two had bids, and in each case, there was only one bid. Furthermore, seven listings were scheduled to expire in less than nine hours, and none of them had attracted a single bid.

Representatives from Switzerland-based WabiSabiLabi weren’t immediately available for comment.

In all, WabiSabiLabi claims to have received more than 150 vulnerability submissions, and that raises another question: What is it doing with all of those exploits? The company says it’s rejected about 40 entries because researchers used illegal methodologies such as reverse engineering of protected software to discover them.

Perhaps they didn’t think the whole concept out. Most of the people that need these kind of exploits – have access to them. Those that code trade, those that don’t code steal and trade – those that have no skills..pick up the left overs.

But people have them anyway.

Source: The Register

Posted in: Exploits/Vulnerabilities, Legal Issues, Linux Hacking

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