Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Threat Intelligence

8/1/2019
02:00 PM
50%
50%

Researcher Find Open 'Road Map' to Honda Computers

An unprotected database, now secured, contained information on every computer owned by the automobile giant.

A researcher using Shodan — one of the basic search tools used by those hunting vulnerable systems and servers — found an ElasticSearch database holding more than 134 million rows that had no authentication requirement. The interaction between the researcher, xxdesmus, and the database's owner, Honda Motor Co., highlights the way responsible disclosure is supposed to work and the difficulties that can stand in the way of responsible behavior.

Justin Paine, director of trust and safety at Cloudflare, tweets and blogs under the name "xxdesmus." In his personal blog post on the incident, he writes of finding the open database through a Shodan search on July 4. The database, which appeared to be a catalog of all Honda internal computers, including the laptop computers used by the CEO and other executives, contained information such as machine hostname, MAC address, internal IP, operating system version, which patches had been applied, and the status of Honda's endpoint security software. While the database didn't contain personally identifiable information (PII), Paine says the information could have formed a very complete "road map" for an attacker planning an assault on Honda — an assault that might target PII. 

Paine wanted to alert Honda to the vulnerable database, but it took him two days and a request made through Twitter to finally find someone at Honda who could take action.

Once contact was made, Paine reports the database was secured within about 10 hours. 

Read more here

 

Black Hat USA returns to Las Vegas with hands-on technical Trainings, cutting-edge Briefings, Arsenal open-source tool demonstrations, top-tier security solutions, and service providers in the Business Hall. Click for information on the conference and to register.

 

 

 

 

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
REISEN1955
50%
50%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
8/1/2019 | 2:08:25 PM
Another example of outside folks doing good
A few days ago the Capital One breach was resolved by a kind Git-hub user letting Cap1 know something was in their wallet - and now we have another example of an entire IT group of doubtless some size and sophistication not knowing at all that a breach of tech data occurred.  Another example of IT ignorance at work.  
GitHub Named in Capital One Breach Lawsuit
Dark Reading Staff 8/14/2019
The Mainframe Is Seeing a Resurgence. Is Security Keeping Pace?
Ray Overby, Co-Founder & President at Key Resources, Inc.,  8/15/2019
The Flaw in Vulnerability Management: It's Time to Get Real
Jim Souders, Chief Executive Officer at Adaptiva,  8/15/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-5034
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
An exploitable information disclosure vulnerability exists in the Weave Legacy Pairing functionality of Nest Cam IQ Indoor version 4620002. A set of specially crafted weave packets can cause an out of bounds read, resulting in information disclosure. An attacker can send packets to trigger this vuln...
CVE-2019-5035
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
An exploitable information disclosure vulnerability exists in the Weave PASE pairing functionality of the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, version 4620002. A set of specially crafted weave packets can brute force a pairing code, resulting in greater Weave access and potentially full device control. An attacker c...
CVE-2019-5036
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
An exploitable denial-of-service vulnerability exists in the Weave error reporting functionality of the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, version 4620002. A specially crafted weave packets can cause an arbitrary Weave Exchange Session to close, resulting in a denial of service. An attacker can send a specially cr...
CVE-2019-8103
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions, 2019.012.20035 and earlier, 2019.012.20035 and earlier, 2017.011.30142 and earlier, 2017.011.30143 and earlier, 2017.011.30142 and earlier, 2015.006.30497 and earlier, and 2015.006.30498 and earlier have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. Successful exploitation ...
CVE-2019-8104
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions, 2019.012.20035 and earlier, 2019.012.20035 and earlier, 2017.011.30142 and earlier, 2017.011.30143 and earlier, 2017.011.30142 and earlier, 2015.006.30497 and earlier, and 2015.006.30498 and earlier have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. Successful exploitation ...