Apache Log4j vulnerabilities disclosed in December 2021, including the one tracked as Log4Shell, can allow attackers to remotely execute arbitrary code and take control of vulnerable systems. In response to these flaws, AWS released multiple hot patches – each suitable for a different environment, including servers, Kubernetes, Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Fargate – that…

The existence of a critical RCE vulnerability (CVE-2021-3064) affecting certain versions of Palo Alto Networks (PAN) firewalls using the GlobalProtect Portal VPN has been revealed by a cybersecurity company that exploited it during red team engagements for the last 12 months. The vulnerability has been patched, but since there are still over 10,000 vulnerable internet-facing…

New research from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 has identified four emerging ransomware groups that have the potential to become bigger problems in the future. These are AvosLocker, Hive Ransomware, HelloKitty, and LockBit 2.0. Emerging ransomware threat groups “With major ransomware groups such as REvil and Darkside lying low or rebranding to evade law enforcement…

Palo Alto Networks released research showing how vulnerabilities in the development of cloud infrastructure are creating significant security risks. The Unit 42 Cloud Threat Report: Spring 2020 investigates why cloud misconfigurations happen so frequently. It finds that as organizations move to automate more of their cloud infrastructure build processes, they are adopting and creating new…

In the age of cloud computing where infrastructure needs to be extended or deployed rapidly to meet ever-changing organizational needs, the configuration of new servers and nodes is completely automated. This is done using machine-readable definition files, or templates, as part of a process known as infrastructure as code (IaC) or continuous configuration automation (CCA)….