Feeds

Apocalyptic infection purged from PHP-Nuke.org

Better late than never

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

The official website for content management system PHP-Nuke was purged of a nasty infection on Tuesday that for four days attempted to install malware on visitors' machines.

The website, which used an out-of-date version of PHP, was compromised as long ago as Friday, according to reports from Websense and Panda Labs. The infection redirected anyone visiting the PHP-Nuke front page to a series of attack sites and wasn't cleaned up until Tuesday, Sophos said.

"Here at SophosLabs we see hacked sites everyday and the majority are running PHP-driven applications such as Content Management Systems (CMS)," the blog post stated.

People who visited the site with an unpatched version of Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer and possibly other applications were exposed to exploits that silently installed malware on their computers. Despite the severity of the compromise, it was allowed to persist for more than 72 hours after it became public knowledge. Less than 12 per cent of antivirus products were detecting the malware during the early stages of the attack, according to VirusTotal, although that rate probably improved over time.

The Register was unable to reach PHP-Nuke officials for comment.

The compromise appears to be the work of the Eleonore exploit kit, which has been working overtime lately hitting sites operated by the US Treasury, among others.

It's not the first time PHP-Nuke has been reported to have security vulnerabilities, as Secunia advisories here and here show. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.