security: attackers attempted to implant malware into PHP project code. In response, the project announced its passage on Github


Charlie Osborne

Monday 29 mars 2021

The official PHP Git server was hacked in an attempt to implant malware into the PHP project codebase

Sunday, Nikita Popov, the developer and supervisor of the PHP programming language, stated that two keystrokes have been added to the PHP-SRC repository whose name has been respected and the name of the PHP creator, Rasmus Lerdorf

Malicious requests, who seem to have fallen under the name Popov and Lerdorf (1, 2), were introduced as minor fixes for typos. However, contributors took a closer look at the commission “typo correction” and noticed a code error that triggered a random code in the user agent's HTTP address if you start a thread with content related to “Zerodium”

Selon Bleeping Computer, the code seems designed to implement a backdoor and create a scenario in which remote code execution (RCE) can be executed Nikita Popov explains that the development team is not completely sure how the attack happened, but there is indicates that the official HP net git server may have been hacked, instead of individual Git accounts.

The comment, “REMOVETHIS: Sold to zerodium, my-2017”, is included in the script, however, there is no indication that the vendor of the vulnerability was involved in the cyberattack Zerodium CEO, Shawky, has repeatedly described the perpetrators of the attack as «trolls», claiming that «the searcher (researchers) who found this bug / exploitation tried to sell it, but nobody wanted to buy it, so they questioned him for fun»

The security incident is investigated and the team checks the repository for any other signs of malicious activity in the meantime, the development team decided it was time to switch to GitHub for good «We have decided that maintaining our infrastructure is an unnecessary security risk and we will stop using the gitNET server. », says Nikita Popov,« Instead of that, the repositories on GitHub, that were previously only mirrors, will become primary. This means that changes should be pushed directly to GitHub rather than git.PHP »Developers who previously had access to write to the project repositories will now need to join the PHP community on GitHub

A security incident can be described as a rebound attack, in which malicious actors target an open source project, a library or other component on which a large user base depends. By hacking into a primary target, malicious code can spread to a large number of systems.

A recent example of this is the SolarWinds attack, where a supplier has been the victim of an intrusion and a malicious update of its Orion software. Once this malware is deployed, tens of thousands of organizations have been hacked, including Microsoft, FireEye and Mimecast .

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Charlie Osborne

Monday 29 mars 2021

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