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Apache Struts Vulnerability: Live Updates

 

Update: 2:33 pm EST, 16 March 2017 - Struts2 Exploits in Japan

 
More Struts2 breaches in the wild.  This time in Japan (links go to Japanese sites):
 
  • Japan Post breach using Apache Struts2 vulnerability leads to 29,000 account leaks: http://exci.to/2mqMAwU 
  • Struts2 exploit of Okinawa electric power site leads to unauthorized access, email addresses outflow of about 6,500 accounts http://dlvr.it/Ndv4XY
Yesterday, it was the Canadian Revenue Agency and Statistics Canada site:
 
According to several news reports, the government of Canada took multiple sites down on March 9 including Statistics Canada as well as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) websites, with service not restored until March 12.
 
 

Update: 11:00am EST, 16 March 2017 - Podcast interview

Listen to Brian Fox and Shannon Lietz talk about the struts 2 vulnerabiy announcement, how you can determine if you're affected, and what you can do about it.

 

Update: 9:00am EST, 13 March 2017 - Video explaining exploits and remediation

 

Update:  3:00pm EST, 10 March 2017 - Speed Matters

When it comes to 0-day vulnerabilitities, speed matters.  Sonatype's research team curates our data and publishes information on the vulnerability, known exploits, and remediation paths as quickly as possible.

As of 3:00pm EST, the National Vulnerability Database indicates a pending CVE, but details have not yet been updated.  

Setting up a Docker Private Registry with Authentication Using Nexus and Nginx

This article shows how you can set up a Docker Private Registry with authentication and SSL using Nexus Repository OSS.

Nexus Repository OSS is a universal repository manager with support for all major package formats and types. It’s a free solution for storing and sharing Docker images and other components like NuGet or NPM packages across the deployment pipeline while keeping your proprietary and third-party images private and secure.

Setting up a Secure, Private Nexus Repository

What an exciting first post, I’m sure. But it’s what I’m working on, I suppose.

A few things, first:

  • We’re using an LDAP server to identify team members.
  • LDAP and Nexus are on different domains (though, possibly, the same machine).
  • I’m not a system admin, so this is likely going to be painful.

Struts2 Exploited Again.  Did Anyone Bother to Tell You?

This week we saw the announcement of yet another Struts 2 Remote Code Exploit (RCE) vulnerability. What's notable about this instance is that POC code seems to have been released into the wild either just before, or immediately after the disclosure.  As was the case with previous Struts1 vulnerabilities, exploits are being observed at large scale in the wild.

Whenever critical vulnerabilities emerge -- attackers have first mover advantage. Therefore, the only thing that matters is speed.

  • How long before you even become aware?  
  • How long does it take you to assess your exposure?
  • How quickly can you remediate the vulnerability?

In today's world, different companies utilize different tools and processes to manage open source governance and security risk within the software development lifecycle.  Forward leaning organizations empowered with DevOps-native intelligence will respond in hours or days.  Traditional organizations equipped with waterfall-native intelligence will struggle to respond in weeks or months.

It's now been 3 days since the Struts2 fix and disclosure.  Here's the official description available from the Mitre database as of Friday, March 10th:

Set up your own Continuous Delivery Stack

Last week I wanted to try new things with ‘pipeline as code’ with Jenkins. The best way to try new things is running it as Docker containers. This way I can keep my MacBook clean and don’t mess up existing stuff I am working on (also see this article about what Docker can offer for a developer). Another big advantage by using Docker is that there is already a complete stack of Dockers available to set up the necessary tools. However, for some unclear reason this stack didn’t work on my MacBook (see this issue) so I took this opportunity to build my own stack with some Dockers of my own choice :-).
The tools in my stack are:

When it Comes to Application Security, “Doing Your Homework”​ Matters

They say software is eating the world, very true, but it has become even more clear that OSS components are eating the software world. This amazing revolution is driving unimagined gains in innovation and efficiency in our ability to deliver software. Think Uber, here is a new leader in the transportation industry without owning a single vehicle. Every major Enterprise and even most medium and small companies are software producers – and free and open software components are driving this dramatic shift in our world.