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                         AUSCERT Security Bulletin

               Malicious spam targeting Australian citizens
                             21 December 2010


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Not applicable
Operating System:     Windows
Impact/Access:        Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:           Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:            CVE-2010-1885 CVE-2010-0886 
Member content until: Thursday, January 20 2011
Reference:            ESB-2010.0525


        An email targeting Australian citizens is circulating using the 
        recent refugee boating tragedy as the hook. The email spoofs the 
        from address and claims it is from news.com.au.


        If the link in the email is clicked, the website will install malware
        without any user interaction.


        Ensure that the Operating Systems have the latest software installed 
        and that Java is up-to-date.
        This will prevent the exploit from working and therefore the end-user
        will not become infected.
        At your proxies block the following domain:
        which currently resolves to:
        You can also check for compromised systems by checking your proxies.
        The malware if installed does a DNS request for:
        which currently resolves to 


        The email spoofs the from address to be from news.com.au and
        contains a subject line similar to:
          "More childrens' lives being put ar risk in dangerous bid for freedom by boat"
        The site in the email exploits the following vulnerabilities:
            * CVE-2010-0886 - Java Web Start Arbitrary command-line injection 
            * CVE-2010-1885 - HPC URL Help Center URL Validation Vulnerability 
        The malware is currently poorly detected. We are working with Antivirus
        companies to ensure they detect the malware.
        The malware communicates with the command and control server at:
        using HTTP. The malware using the following two mechanisms to communicate
        with the server:
            GET /news/?s=nnnnnn [where 'nnnnnn' appears to be a random number]
            POST /news/

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