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Phishing for a Pay Day

Posted August 21, 2012    Peter McCalister

Attackers are currently focusing their efforts on a recently patched Java flaw (CVE 2012-1723). According to Threatpost the flaw has been a recent target of several pieces of malware and Web based attacks as of late, focused on HR/Payroll employees using social engineering techniques to gain access to payroll systems.

There are numerous audits released in Retina Network Community and the commercial version of Retina Network to assist customers with identifying systems that still have this vulnerability unpatched as well as provide visibility to known exploits (referencing the exploit-db, Core Impact and the Metasploit framework, where applicable) for remediation prioritization. Users can include these checks in a general vulnerability scan, or can create a targeted scan to specifically look for these vulnerabilities using the following Retina audits:

Audit ID 16569 – Oracle JRE/JDK Multiple Vulnerabilities (CPU-JUN-2012) – Windows JDK
Audit ID 16570 – Oracle JRE/JDK Multiple Vulnerabilities (CPU-JUN-2012) – Windows JRE
Audit ID 16571 – Oracle JRE/JDK Multiple Vulnerabilities (CPU-JUN-2012) – Unix/Linux JDK
Audit ID 16572 – Oracle JRE/JDK Multiple Vulnerabilities (CPU-JUN-2012) – Unix/Linux JRE
Audit ID 16573 – Oracle JRE/JDK Multiple Vulnerabilities (CPU-JUN-2012) – JavaFX
Audit ID 16573 – Oracle JRE/JDK Multiple Vulnerabilities (CPU-JUN-2012) – JavaFX
Audit ID 16589 – Apple Mac OSX Java Multiple Vulnerabilities (20120612)

If you have concerns over the security posture of your desktop environment, feel free to download and try out our community version to discover, assess and gain remediation guidance in our simple to use standalone scanner. In addition to standard assessment of patches, insecure configurations and zero-days, the commercial version of Retina Network also provides in-depth credentialed database, web application and PCI scanning to name a few. Take a look through our product comparison.

We should also mention that we have a new version of our Retina Network scanner planned for later this month that includes a complete user interface overhaul and allows users to select from a list of built-in profiles to align the product to your specific job function. In this case a “Desktop Profile” to ensure that you have complete and relevant information to your workstation platform.

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Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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