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It's time to dig in to another Register security roundup. Sophos XG Firewall hacked in the wild – hotfix available Sophos has rushed out a hotfix for its XG Firewall products to close an SQL injection vulnerability – after hackers were spotted exploiting the hole in the wild. The flaw can be abused to steal the firewall's …

  1. IceC0ld

    just WOW

    went into thread as the title caught my attention, and the weekly round ups are always a good source of detail and things to be aware of.

    but this, just WOW, SO MUCH going on, and going bad, and this is just a week ffs

    am now feeling a little bit depressed and in need of a few beers with mates .................................................

    ah yea, about that

    did enjoy the Black Hat hecklers part though, who in their right minds would even attempt to hold a presentation that was obviously NOT up to scratch, and remembering that the audience are as savvy as ANYONE on this planet .................

    the lawsuit was settled privately, so maybe the Co - Crown Sterling - learned SOMETHING from this, even if we are not going to be privy to the actual result

  2. Kevin Johnston

    US DoJ

    Did those nice chaps manage to find out and deal with the person peddling the idea that injecting bleach would cure Covid-19?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A security company with a SQL injection flaw? That should result in them being struck off the corporate approved list. As if their software wasn’t bad enough without the vulnerabilities.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      WTF Sophos!

      Why the hell does a firewall even allow SQL traffic in?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hmmmm

        Reading between the lines, I suspect this wasn't an injection attack of the obvious kind where the application carelessly concatenates untested input. I.e. not "little bobby tables". The article is a little fluffy on the subject but it takes note of a previously unknown "pre-auth" attack. I have no insider knowledge, but I think it was internal SQL engine vulnerability and not careless app-level coding. Well, it's possible either way.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "This leaked information could be received by a miscreant nearby"

    That miscreant would look really conspicuous standing outside my house with a laptop. there's not another building within 20 meters, I'm at the ass-end of a village and there's nowhere to go, so he couldn't really pretend he was just looking for his way on Google Maps because there is no way Google Maps could have brought him to the side of my house.

    As usual, yes, I'm sure that electromagnetic radiation can tell you a lot and you're not the first to say so, but the spy industry relies on stealth, and standing in the middle of a field with a laptop next to a house is not exactly stealthy.

    Much more interesting if you're in an office environment, but then most calculations in an office are not done on a graphics card.

    I'll file this in useless but technically interesting.

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      "calculations in an office are not done on a graphics card"

      It's not about calculations - it's about malware on a machine modulating the shader engine clock to emit RF that you can pick up nearby, jumping any airgaps. And as the article says, interesting but not terribly practical.


      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: "calculations in an office are not done on a graphics card"

        In other words, it's a covert channel - a means for an attacker to exfiltrate information - not a side channel. Side channels inadvertently leak sensitive data; covert channels are deliberately employed to expose it.

        I don't think it's impractical for some specialized applications. The researchers say the signal penetrated a wall well and the carrier was detectable at ~15m, though they couldn't recover a usable signal at that distance. But someone who can plant a receiver in a closet next to an office, for example, might make use of this.

        The same is true for plenty of other EMF channels, of course. The researcher's blog post makes the obligatory reference to TEMPEST right in the title - though TEMPEST focused on side channels, not covert channels.

  5. Martin Summers Silver badge

    I've just made myself really popular with my wife sending her the Apple crash message and losing her a weeks worth of messages. Wasn't the wisest of moves on my part.

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