Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 09:58 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Talos recently observed a case where the download servers used by software vendor to distribute a legitimate software package were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner. CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week. Given the potential damage that could be caused by a network of infected computers even a tiny fraction of this size we decided to move quickly. On September 13, 2017 Cisco Talos immediately notified Avast of our findings so that they could initiate appropriate response activities. The following sections will discuss the specific details regarding this attack.

Don't use registry cleaners. They serve no purpose.

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by Brendan on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 01:36 UTC
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I can't help but feel that the entire issue (security concerns of having intermediaries in the supply of any software) is being ignored in favour of an irrelevant distraction (whether or not registry cleaners are good/bad).

What if it was a Ubuntu repository that was hacked to distribute malware alongside trusted software from trusted publishers? What if it was Steam that was hacked to distribute malware alongside games? It doesn't matter what the software is, the problem is that there's increased risk involved with not getting software directly from the publisher themselves.

- Brendan

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