By Jack Phillips
A newly discovered flaw in a common piece of open-source software is prompting researchers and companies to update their systems in a bid to prevent hacks and ransomware attacks.
The vulnerability, known as CVE-2021-44228, was disclosed on Dec. 9, which allows remote access to servers and code execution, some experts have said. Meanwhile, Log4j is used in a large number of enterprise systems, raising concerns that it may be easily exploited.
Since the vulnerability, which some dubbed “Log4Shell,” so is widespread and is likely present in highly-trafficked websites and apps, users may also see their favorite websites and apps be impacted.
Cybersecurity firms Mandiant and Crowdstrike said that hacking groups are trying to breach systems, and Mandiant described to Reuters that they are “Chinese government actors,” in reference to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
“Given that Log4j has been a ubiquitous logging solution for Enterprise Java development for decades, Log4j has the potential to become a vulnerability that will persist within Industrial Control Systems (ICS) environments for years to come,” according to a blog post by cybersecurity researchers at Dragos.
A cybercriminal can exploit the flaw by sending a malicious code string that will get logged by the Log4j version, allowing the attacker to load an arbitrary Java code to a server. The vulnerability could potentially allow them to take control of the server.
Federal cybersecurity officials also reportedly expressed alarm over the vulnerability in recent days.
“This vulnerability is one of the most serious that I’ve seen in my entire career, if not the most serious,” Jen Easterly, the head of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said on a phone call. The Epoch Times has contacted CISA for comment.
Easterly warned that CISA can “expect the vulnerability to be widely exploited by sophisticated actors and we have limited time to take necessary steps in order to reduce the likelihood of damaging incidents.”
The proverbial canary in the coal mine was when researchers noted that Minecraft’s servers could be compromised via the vulnerability. Microsoft last week posted instructions for how players could update the game’s Java version.
“This exploit affects many services—including Minecraft Java Edition,” said Microsoft. “This vulnerability poses a potential risk of your computer being compromised.”
In another stark warning, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince wrote Friday that his firm has “made the determination that Log4J is so bad we’re going to try and roll out at least some protection for all Cloudflare customers by default, even free customers who do not have our [enterprise suite]. Working on how to do that safely now.”
“It’s a design failure of catastrophic proportions,” Free Wortley, the CEO of the open-source data security platform LunaSec, wrote on its website last week.
Elaborating on what services could be targeted via the exploit, Wortley said that “Cloud services like Steam, Apple iCloud, and apps like Minecraft” have been discovered to be vulnerable. “Anybody using Apache Struts is likely vulnerable. We’ve seen similar vulnerabilities exploited before in breaches like the 2017 Equifax data breach,” he said, referring to the hack that released millions of people’s credit data.
Last week, CISA issued an alert over the vulnerability, as did Australia’s cybersecurity agency. The Apache Software Foundation rates the vulnerability as “critical” and published ways to deal with it on Friday.
“The internet’s on fire right now,” warned Adam Meyers, a senior vice president with Crowdstrike. “People are scrambling to patch,” he told The Associated Press, “and all kinds of people scrambling to exploit it.”
Affiliate News Feeds
- Washington Examiner
- The Federalist
- The Epoch Times
- The Guardian
- The Gateway Pundit
- Judicial Watch
By Patricia Tolson A new survey reveals that the majority of Americans do not trust the integrity of America’s elections. According to a poll conducted among likely General Election voters between Nov. 16–20… [...]
By Louise Chambers When her neighbor, a farmer, fell ill suddenly, a Minnesota teen volunteered to help him tend the land. The farmer was beyond grateful for the support, and the teen… [...]
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced on Tuesday that he won’t support legislation to prevent an economically calamitous rail strike if it isn’t supported by the union workers. [...]
The Pentagon believes the Chinese military’s nuclear arsenal can more than triple by 2035. [...]
Abusers in homes across the nation and worldwide have utilized chemical abortion pills in the same way that Herring allegedly did. [...]
Even amid the hedonistic holiday mania, people are still eager to have a fulfilling and joyful Christmas. Christians can help. [...]
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner “Ignores reality and claims Philadelphia does not have a crisis of crime,” according to the third and final report of the Pennsylvania House Select Committee… [...]
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) on Tuesday sued the board of elections of a Pennsylvania county that didn’t have enough paper ballots on Election Day for failing to certify his victory by… [...]
Antibody therapy lecanemab removes clumps of protein called beta amyloid that builds up in brainResearchers have hailed the dawn of a new era of Alzheimer’s therapies after a clinical trial… [...]
Groups C and D conclude: check the latest permutationsDaily briefing: the joy of Mbappé, Argentina’s escape planGet in touch: email Martin with your thoughtsWith apologies to Wales fans, I’m just… [...]
As the war against censorship seeps into nearly every facet of our lives, best selling rapper Bryson Gray will soon find out if his stand for free speech and artistic… [...]
While the corporate media such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have been writing puff pieces about mega democrat donor Sam Bankman-Fried, independent journalist Ben Armstrong better… [...]
Though years ago India passed a sweeping law giving transgender people rights—and prohibiting discrimination in education, employment, and healthcare—the Biden administration is spending American taxpayer dollars to counter stigma and… [...]
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for all communications between the Secret… [...]