Alert Details

Computer Network Defence Alert State

 

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The Computer Network Defence Alert State is designed to give a granular and more dynamic visualisation of the current security threat.  Increase in alert state will occur immediately upon detection of a new threat and drop again by one level each working day.  The rationale is that vulnerabilities often occur in clusters, therefore reducing the alert state again quickly, will increase your visibility of new threats to the same product.  It is important that the radar page is viewed at least daily in order to track these changes. Reductions in alert state occur at approximately 1900 GMT/UTC. Significant vulnerabilities may remain for longer. Vulnerabilities on this page are predominantly remotely executable, very few local server exploits will be shown.

 

 

Current Alerts

AlertTitleMicrosoft

Microsoft has pulled their security patch that adds functionality for the SHA-2 hashing algorithm to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, due to reported issues.  They recommend uninstalling if you are having issues with it.

More info.

 

Also, The October release of the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is directly related to a Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) initiative led by Novetta.  The target in this campaign is an advanced persistent threat that served as the infrastructure of actors that launched targeted attacks against multiple organizations around the world.

More info.

AlertTitleAvant

Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Avant Browser, where some have an unknown impact and others can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information, bypass certain security restrictions, and compromise a vulnerable system.

More info.

AlertTitlePHP
Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in PHP, where one has an unknown impact and others can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) and potentially compromise a vulnerable system.

More info.

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AlertTitleSuSE

A number of security patches have been released by SuSE.

More info.

AlertTitleIBM

IBM has updated several of their products to include the latest version of IBM Java:

Rational Service Tester.  More info.

Cordova platform packaged with IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software.  More info.

IBM Notes and Domino.  More info.

 

Also Apache Tomcat and Apache Xalan:

IBM Cognos Business Viewpoint.  More info.

IBM FileNet Business Process Manager.  More info.

AlertTitleiOS

Two security issues and a vulnerability have been reported in Apple iOS, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct spoofing attacks and disclose potentially sensitive information.

More info.

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Alert Definitions

NORMAL This alert state represents the normal level of security with minimal activity relating to the product.  The next stage above this level is 2, however falling alerts will go through 1 when returning to normal.

LOW This alert state indicates that an alert has been recognised for this product within the last few days but it is now returning to normal.  Inclusion of this level is for viewers that don't monitor this alert system regularly.

INCREASED This alert state indicates a need to increase the security posture due to an emerging threat for which there is currently no exploit, or you are witnessing the reduction in alert state after being at level 3 for more than 1 working day.

HIGH This alert state indicates a significant threat to the product, where exploits exist or where the vulnerability is potentially devastating.

PATCHES This alert state indicates that patches are available for vulnerabilities that had previously resulted in a need for the alert state to increase and subsequently fall. The level of 2 or 3 indicates the urgency to patch.

EXPLOIT This alert state indicates that exploit code is available for vulnerabilities that had previously resulted in a need for the alert state to increase and subsequently fall. The level of 2 or 3 indicates the threat of the exploit.

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ZERO This alert state indicates that a vulnerability has been announced without the opportunity for the vendor to patch it before the details are made known.  These can be especially dangerous if exploit code is available. The level of 2 or 3 indicates the threat of the vulnerability.

 

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Useful Links

 

These are links our analysts and radar page patrons find useful.  If you would like to suggest a link for this section, please send your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

http://isc.sans.edu/
http://www.us-cert.gov/
http://www.auscert.org.au/
http://cve.mitre.org/
http://atlas.arbor.net/

http://www.cert.org/advisories/
http://secunia.com/Advisories
http://www.vupen.com/english/security-advisories/
http://www.securityfocus.com/vulnerabilities
http://www.coresecurity.com/content/corelabs-advisories

http://www.iss.net/threats/ThreatList.php
http://www.sourcefire.com/security-technologies/snort/vulnerability-research-team/advisories

 

Any other comments on our site or the Radar Page are welcome as well!

http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-1215-1/