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Preview, Edge, and Safari loaded the PDF document but did not display the JavaScript-created message. We conclude that Preview, Edge, and Safari do not present a significant risk of JavaScript malware. The Windows Script Host, on the other hand, ran the ActiveX JavaScript test malware from both the command line and GUI with no additional prompts and successfully “encrypted” the target file. Internet Explorer displayed a series of warning messages when executing the ActiveX test script. We loaded the resulting PDF file into the test readers to determine if it would load the JavaScript. The simulated HTML5 ransomware was able to load in each of the web browsers except for FireFox in either Windows or OS X. FireFox did not run the script successfully, and gave no indication of why it had failed. We believed that disabling ActiveX would prevent the malicious JavaScript from accessing the Filesystem since that was the mechanism relied upon in our script.

Chrome.exe, which appeared to be the main executable malware file, did not open as an archive, and no JavaScript files were found in its PE resources. This executable still required several .dll files and an NW.js resource file to run, which were included in the test directory to simulate that they had been placed there by a self-extracting archive, like the one used by Ransom32. In order to test the native JavaScript Interpreters provided by Windows and OS X, we attempted to run several test scripts from each operating system’s command line and GUI. This would effectively bypass many host protection mechanisms, which do not detect malicious scripts well. We attempted to simulate the process that would likely be used by malware authors to create a malicious app prior to delivery by opening the NW.js app on our host MacBook first and inserting the test code. Signatures also cannot detect “diskless” JavaScript exploits that run exclusively in a browser without installing on the host.

Internet Explorer is a legacy browser included with Windows 10, but no longer the default. Windows can be jimmied with a screwdriver or broken with a rock. The existence of Ransom32 proves that malicious JavaScript can be packaged as a Windows executable with NW.js. In order to create our NW.js Windows executable, we created a .zip file containing our test script wrapped in HTML and a JSON package inventory. However, if the user ignored or had disabled such warnings, the script could successfully modify the target file. Our packaged NW.js executable ran successfully with only a brief flash of a blank window and successfully modified the target file. It left behind an empty browser window and an intact fortunes file. Each of the test scripts was designed to read a text file containing fortunes from the user’s desktop, ROT-13 encode the text, then overwrite the original file with the encoded fortunes. All of the common programs installed on the test VM ran successfully after this setting was enabled. However, despite our best efforts to disable ActiveX, the script still ran successfully if the user clicked through the same two warning messages.

These files were merged with the NW.js interpreter into a Windows executable file that would run our script. When the Ransom32 sample was detonated in the Windows 10 test VM without Internet access, it did not appear to function as intended. Therefore, we concluded that Internet Explorer represented too great a security vulnerability, and we recommend that it be removed from all Windows computers. It has a history of vulnerability, due in part to its ability to use ActiveX. Sometimes, members who choose to speak out against a certain supplier or company is banned from the forum due to the bad publicity and his or her valuable feedback is never heard again. They report that the staff members who have used DCPS seems happy with it. The assessment consists of manual inspection by engineers of NRI Secure who have expert knowledge of container orchestration as well as several tests using auxiliary inspection tools. I’ve compiled a list of ten free internet security tests and network security tests. Here’s what you have to do to try to win this book: submit a case study on how network security monitoring helped you detect, respond to, and contain an intrusion in your environment.

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