IndiaTimes website 'attacks visitors'
Targets multiple vulns, some new
Visitors to the IndiaTimes website are being bombarded by malware, some of which appear to target previously unknown vulnerabilities in Windows, a security researcher warns.
In all, the English-language Indian news site is directly or indirectly serving up at least 434 malicious files, many of which are not detected by antivirus software, according to Mary Landesman, a senior security researcher at ScanSafe. She said at least 18 different IP addresses are involved in the attack.
"The end result of the compromise is that the user, going through their normal course of activities, is subject to a really massive installation of malicious files," she told us. "Coupled with the low detection by antivirus vendors, it does put the end user in a very vulnerable position."
Visitors can be infected even if they have up-to-date systems and they don't fall victim to tricks to install software or browser add-ons, she said. She urged people to avoid the site until it's been cleaned up.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is in full swing in India and Landesman is concerned webmasters for the site may be hard to reach over this holiday weekend.
"Our hope is they'll cut their holiday short and take care of this before Monday," she said.
She said most pages on the IndiaTimes site are clean. Those that are infected, however, contain a potent cocktail of downloader and dropper Trojans and other binaries. They contain a script that points to remote sites, some of which link to still other sites. The malicious files exploit multiple vulnerabilities, and some appear to be previously unknown flaws in Windows, according to Landesman, who used to be a security researcher for Microsoft.
A Microsoft spokesman said he was looking in to the report.
ScanSafe first detected and began blocking the malware on the IndiaTimes on October 25. The site was continuing to serve malware at time of writing. ScanSafe's advisory is here. ®
Bye bye to Redmond?
Be serious guys - and no flame intended - the most important reason Apple- and Linux users don't have to face this kind of shite on a more regular basis themselfes, is that they are - yet - not numerous enough to make the big time malware distributors really interested in them.
The moment that a more significant portion of people on, in and around the interwebs are using non-MS OS, you'll see a sudden and decisive increase in non-MS-targeted malware.
So be happy your Box is (relatively) safe atm, and rather don't hope that so many people will adopt your particular taste of OS so you can continue to do so a while longer ;)
newsflash - people exploit unknown flaws
Typical non-sense surprise should be avoided when talking about exploits of this nature. Most exploits out there only become public after they've caused some damage. In fact, MS patch tuesdays are generally the cut off point for exploits of this nature, especially if MS fix them.
Nobody cares about exploits which don't work anymore, and people will pay good money for exploits which do work, that MS has no idea about and can grab a whole hell of a lot of people.
The only _TRUE_ solution is to get a mac or a linux box and say bye bye to redmond :)
News please - not history!
Seriously - get with it please. That blasted website has been one of the largest sources of and/or gateways to malware on the web for years!
At least, I've been blocking it since 2004/5 when I tracked it down as the source several problems that had afflicted my users.
And thinking that those responsible will do anything to improve the situation is simplistic - I've tried, with websites run by 'Universities', Telecom providers, Publishers, etc.
They ignore polite requests to clean up their act, they ignore impolite requests to clean up their act and these days I just block them. Life's too short to waste attempting to deal with these idiots.