By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
11th June 2010
Yet another mass compromise is hitting poorly configured websites, and
at least one of the afflicted is a security site that plays up its
prowess in warding off the very type of attack it has been smitten by.
At least 17 pages on idera.com were hit by a quick-moving SQL injection
attack on Friday, including one titled "Understanding SQL Server
Security Options," according to this Google search. More than 1,000
pages belonging to a wide range of other domains were also compromised
in the attack, which causes those who visit the links to connect to a
server that tries to install malware on their PCs.
The mass attack is similar to one that struck at least 7,000 webpages
earlier this week. They work by injecting database commands into search
boxes and other user input fields on the sites. Because the underlying
web applications fail to properly filter the content, they get passed to
the site's backend server, where they are executed. The result is an
iframe in the page that silently redirects users to a drive-by download
2677.in, which according to anti-virus firm Symantec, downloads a
serious threat dubbed "HTTP Microsoft IE Generic Heap Spray BO." 2677.in
was still active at time of writing.
Other websites to be hit by the attack included Chicagopublicradio.com,
WBEZ.org, The Phuket Gazette and Ameristar.com.
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