July’s Most Wanted Malware: Attacks Targeting IoT and Networking doubled since May 2018

Three IoT vulnerabilities entered July’s top ten most exploited vulnerabilities list, as threat actors have doubled their attacks on these Mirai and Reaper-related vulnerabilities since May 2018.


During July 2018, three IoT vulnerabilities entered the Top 10 most exploited list: MVPower DVR router Remote Code Execution at #5; D_Link DSL-2750B router Remote Command Execution at #7; and Dasan GPON router Authentication Bypass at #10. Together, 45% of all organizations across the world were impacted by attacks targeting these vulnerabilities, compared with 35% in June 2018 and 21% in May.  These vulnerabilities all enable attackers to execute malicious code and gain remote control of the target devices.


Known vulnerabilities offer cyber-criminals an easy and relatively frictionless entry point into corporate networks, enabling them to propagate a wide range of attacks. IoT vulnerabilities, in particular, are often ‘the path of least resistance’, as once one device is compromised, it can be straightforward to infiltrate further connected devices.  As such, organizations must apply patches as soon as they’re available in order to secure their networks from known vulnerabilities.


But in order to protect from both known and unknown vulnerabilities, enterprises must employ a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy that protects against both established malware families cyber-attacks and brand new threats.


Coinhive remained the most prevalent malware, with impact on 19% of organization worldwide. Cryptoloot and Dorkbot were ranked in second and third place respectively, each with a global impact of 7%.


July’s 2018’s Top 10 ‘Most Wanted’ Malware:


*The arrows relate to the change in rank compared to the previous month.


  1. ↔ Coinhive – Crypto Miner designed to perform online mining of Monero cryptocurrency when a user visits a web page without the user’s knowledge or approval the profits with the user. The implanted JavaScript uses great computational resources of the end users to mine coins and might crash the system.
  2. ↔ Cryptoloot – Crypto-Miner, using the victim’s CPU or GPU power and existing resources for crypto mining – adding transactions to the blockchain and releasing new currency. It is a competitor to Coinhive, trying to pull the rug under it by asking a smaller percentage of revenue from websites.
  3. ↔Dorkbot- IRC-based Worm designed to allow remote code execution by its operator, as well as the download of additional malware to the infected system.
  4. ↔ Andromeda – Modular bot used mainly as a backdoor to deliver additional malware on infected hosts, but can be modified to create different types of botnets.
  5. ↑ Jsecoin – JavaScript miner that can be embedded in websites. With JSEcoin, you can run the miner directly in your browser in exchange for an ad-free experience, in-game currency and other incentives
  6. ↓ Roughted – Large scale Malvertising used to deliver various malicious websites and payloads such as scams, adware, exploit kits and ransomware. It can be used to attack any type of platform and operating system, and utilizes ad-blocker bypassing and fingerprinting in order to make sure it delivers the most relevant attack.
  7. ↔ XMRig– XMRig is an open-source CPU mining software used for the mining process of the Monero cryptocurrency, and first seen in-the-wild on May 2017.
  8. ↑ Conficker- Worm that allows remote operations and malware download. The infected machine is controlled by a botnet, which contacts its Command & Control server to receive instructions.
  9. ↔ Fireball – Browser-hijacker that can be turned into a full-functioning malware downloader. It is capable of executing any code on the victim machines, resulting in a wide range of actions from stealing credentials to dropping additional malware.
  10. ↔ Ramnit– Banking Trojan that steals banking credentials, FTP passwords, session cookies and personal data.


Lokibot, an Android banking Trojan and info-stealer, was the most popular malware used to attack organizations’ mobile estates followed by the Lokibot and Guerilla.


July’s Top 3 ‘Most Wanted’ mobile malware:


  1. Lokibot –  Android banking Trojan and info-stealer, which can also turn into a ransomware that locks the phone in case its admin privileges are removed.
  2. Triada – Modular Backdoor for Android which grants super user privileges to downloaded malware, as helps it to get embedded into system processes. Triada has also been seen spoofing URLs loaded in the browser.
  3. Guerilla– Android ad-clicker which has the ability to communicate with a remote command and control (C&C) server, download additional malicious plugins and perform aggressive ad-clicking without the consent or knowledge of the user.


Check Point researchers also analysed the most exploited cyber vulnerabilities. In first was CVE-2017-7269, with a global impact of 47%. In second place was CVE-2017-5638 with a global impact of 42%, closely followed by OpenSSL TLS DTLS Heartbeat Information Disclosure, impacting 41% of organizations around the world.


July’s Top 10 ‘Most Wanted’ Vulnerabilities:


  1. ↔ Microsoft IIS WebDAV ScStoragePathFromUrl Buffer Overflow (CVE-2017-7269) – By sending a crafted request over a network to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 through Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service conditions on the target server. That is mainly due to a buffer overflow vulnerability resulted by improper validation of a long header in HTTP request.
  2. ↑ Apache Struts2 Content-Type Remote Code Execution (CVE-2017-5638) – A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the Apache Struts2 using Jakarta multipart parser. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending an invalid content-type as part of a file upload request. Successful exploitation could result in execution of arbitrary code on the affected system.
  3. ↑ OpenSSL TLS DTLS Heartbeat Information Disclosure (CVE-2014-0160; CVE-2014-0346) – An information disclosure vulnerability exists in OpenSSL. The vulnerability is due to an error when handling TLS/DTLS heartbeat packets. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to disclose memory contents of a connected client or server.
  4. ↓ Web servers PHPMyAdmin Misconfiguration Code Injection – A code injection vulnerability has been reported in PHPMyAdmin. The vulnerability is due to PHPMyAdmin misconfiguration. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by sending a specially crafted HTTP request to the target.
  5. ↑ MVPower DVR Remote Code Execution – A remote code execution vulnerability exists in MVPower DVR devices. A remote attacker can exploit this weakness to execute arbitrary code in the affected router via a crafted request.
  6. ↑ PHP php-cgi Query String Parameter Code Execution (CVE-2012-1823; CVE-2012-2311; CVE-2012-2335; CVE-2012-2336; CVE-2013-4878) – A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in PHP. The vulnerability is due to the improper parsing and filtering of query strings by PHP. A remote attacker may exploit this issue by sending crafted HTTP requests. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target.
  7. ↔ D-Link DSL-2750B Remote Command Execution – A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in D-Link DSL-2750B routers. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable device.
  8. ↓ Oracle WebLogic WLS Security Component Remote Code Execution (CVE-2017-10271) – A remote code execution vulnerability exists within Oracle WebLogic WLS. This is due to the way Oracle WebLogic handles xml decodes. A successful attack could lead to a remote code execution.
  9. ↑ OpenSSL tls_get_message_body Function init_msg Structure Use After Free (CVE-2016-6309) – A use-after-free vulnerability has been reported in the tls_get_message_body function of OpenSSL. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted message to the vulnerable server. Successful exploitation allows the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system.
  10. ↑ Dasan GPON Router Authentication Bypass (CVE-2018-10561) – An authentication bypass vulnerability exists in Dasan GPON routers. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information and gain unauthorized access into the affected system.


The map below displays the risk index globally (green – low risk, red- high risk, grey – insufficient data), demonstrating the main risk areas and malware hot-spots around the world.





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