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Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered multiple vulnerabilities in Dnsmasq, a popular open-source software used for caching Domain Name System (DNS) responses, thereby potentially allowing an adversary to mount DNS cache poisoning attacks and remotely execute malicious code. The seven flaws, collectively called “DNSpooq” by Israeli research firm JSOF, echoes previously disclosed weaknesses in the DNS architecture, …

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A group of academics from the University of California and Tsinghua University has uncovered a series of critical security flaws that could lead to a revival of DNS cache poisoning attacks. Dubbed “SAD DNS attack” (short for Side-channel AttackeD DNS), the technique makes it possible for a malicious actor to carry out an off-path attack, …

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Cybersecurity researchers today disclosed a new highly critical “wormable” vulnerability—carrying a severity score of 10 out of 10 on the CVSS scale—affecting Windows Server versions 2003 to 2019. The 17-year-old remote code execution flaw (CVE-2020-1350), dubbed ‘SigRed‘ by Check Point, could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain domain administrator privileges over targeted servers and …

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Israeli cybersecurity researchers have disclosed details about a new flaw impacting DNS protocol that can be exploited to launch amplified, large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to takedown targeted websites. Called NXNSAttack, the flaw hinges on the DNS delegation mechanism to force DNS resolvers to generate more DNS queries to authoritative servers of attacker’s choice, potentially …

/ Security Assessments News /

When you visit a new website, your computer probably submits a request to the domain name system (DNS) to translate the domain name (like arstechnica.com) to an IP address. Currently, most DNS queries are unencrypted, which raises privacy and security concerns. Google and Mozilla are trying to address these concerns by adding support in their browsers …

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Immediately after Mozilla announced its plan to soon enable ‘DNS over HTTPS‘ (DoH) by default for Firefox users in the United States, Google today says it is planning an experiment with the privacy-focused technology in its upcoming Chrome 78. Under development since 2017, ‘DNS over HTTPS‘ performs DNS lookups—finding the server IP address of a …

/ Government Security Alerts /

Summary The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is aware of a global Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure hijacking campaign. Using compromised credentials, an attacker can modify the location to which an organization’s domain name resources resolve. This enables the attacker to redirect user traffic …

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has today issued an “emergency directive” to all federal agencies ordering IT staff to audit DNS records for their respective website domains, or other agency-managed domains, within next 10 business days. The emergency security alert came in the wake of a series of recent incidents involving DNS hijacking, …

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Almost every activity on the Internet starts with a DNS query, a key function of the Internet that works as an Internet’s directory where your device looks up for the server IP addresses after you enter a human-readable web address (e.g., thehackernews.com). Since DNS queries are sent in clear text over UDP or TCP without …

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Chinese cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a widespread, ongoing malware campaign that has already hijacked over 100,000 home routers and modified their DNS settings to hack users with malicious web pages—especially if they visit banking sites—and steal their login credentials. Dubbed GhostDNS, the campaign has many similarities with the infamous DNSChanger malware that works by changing …