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.

Risk

Hacker Exposes NASA Security Hole

A Goddard Space Flight Center FTP server was breached by a Romanian whitehat hacker known as TinKode, who cracked a European Space Agency network a month ago.

NASA, Microsoft Reveal Mars In Pictures
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: NASA, Microsoft Reveal Mars In Pictures
A Romanian hacker exposed a security flaw in the servers of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, posting proof of his intrusion online.

The hacker--who goes by the online name of TinKode--this week posted on his website a screenshot of the index of a directory from an FTP network at NASA facility in Maryland.

TinKode is known as a "whitehat" hacker who exposes security flaws of companies and government agencies so they will be aware of them and fix them, not for financial gain or to spread malware.

NASA Goddard News Chief Ed Campion confirmed the breach to a NASA Goddard FTP site in an emailed statement from NASA officials Friday, but declined to comment specifically about what has been done to patch the hole.

"The necessary steps were taken to protect our infrastructure at the time," officials said, adding that NASA does not discuss details of its IT security but "remains vigilant" to protect its websites.

In an email interview with InformationWeek, TinKode on Friday declined to disclose the kind of security flaw he found in the NASA network, but said he had seen it before. He added that the agency so far has not contacted him about the breach.

TinKode explained in a blog post that it was "very hard" to breach the NASA network, but he was able to do it because "the webserver had good protection but wasn't fully secured." He added that it was only possible to infiltrate the network manually, not with applications.

The exposure of the flaw is not the first time TinKode has turned his attention to a space agency. Exactly a month before the NASA post, he posted information about a breach of a network at the European Space Agency. That post included links providing information about the server and accounts that were breached.

In the new, all-digital issue of InformationWeek: Our 2011 Strategic Security Survey shows increased executive interest in security. Here's what you should do next. Download it now. (Free registration required.)

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/9/2020
Omdia Research Launches Page on Dark Reading
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading 7/9/2020
4 Security Tips as the July 15 Tax-Day Extension Draws Near
Shane Buckley, President & Chief Operating Officer, Gigamon,  7/10/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15105
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Django Two-Factor Authentication before 1.12, stores the user's password in clear text in the user session (base64-encoded). The password is stored in the session when the user submits their username and password, and is removed once they complete authentication by entering a two-factor authenticati...
CVE-2020-11061
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
In Bareos Director less than or equal to 16.2.10, 17.2.9, 18.2.8, and 19.2.7, a heap overflow allows a malicious client to corrupt the director's memory via oversized digest strings sent during initialization of a verify job. Disabling verify jobs mitigates the problem. This issue is also patched in...
CVE-2020-4042
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Bareos before version 19.2.8 and earlier allows a malicious client to communicate with the director without knowledge of the shared secret if the director allows client initiated connection and connects to the client itself. The malicious client can replay the Bareos director's cram-md5 challenge to...
CVE-2020-11081
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
osquery before version 4.4.0 enables a priviledge escalation vulnerability. If a Window system is configured with a PATH that contains a user-writable directory then a local user may write a zlib1.dll DLL, which osquery will attempt to load. Since osquery runs with elevated privileges this enables l...
CVE-2020-6114
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
An exploitable SQL injection vulnerability exists in the Admin Reports functionality of Glacies IceHRM v26.6.0.OS (Commit bb274de1751ffb9d09482fd2538f9950a94c510a) . A specially crafted HTTP request can cause SQL injection. An attacker can make an authenticated HTTP request to trigger this vulnerabi...