October 21th: New PhP version of Ducktail +++ New vulnerability Log4Text

New PhP version of Ducktail

A new version of the Ducktail malware was found. Originally, Ducktail was first documented in July 2021 and focused on hijacking Facebook and advertising accounts. It tried to lure users with a Facebook business account into downloading a file that supposedly contained Facebook advertising information. After being downloaded and executed, it used a Telegram channel for command and control and exfiltrating data. The data that were affected were cookies in which personal data and access tokens were stored.

Compared to the version of 2021, the new version is using PHP instead of .NetCore and is mainly distributed through cracked software versions. Instead of using Telegram for exfiltration, a PHP script is used for doing the job.

For more insights on this new PhP version of Ducktail, check this article by The Hacker News: New PHP Version of Ducktail Malware Hijacking Facebook Business Accounts.

New vulnerability: Log4Text

A new vulnerability dubbed “Log4Text” (CVE-2022-42889, CVSS 9,8) was discovered by the GitHub Security Lab team in Apache Commons Text.

Apache Commons Text is used for text operations, including substituting placeholders in texts with values, which were looked up. When using the substitution feature, there is a chance to trigger code executions or contact with remote servers. Attackers could use this by inserting malicious code into the library default configuration, leading to a remote code execution.

What can be done to counter this? It is recommended to update Apache Commons Text to the version 1.10 which closes this vulnerability.

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