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Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 02:31:31 -0400
From: Charles Morris <>
To: Adam Behnke <>
Subject: Re: Hacking AutoUpdate by Injecting Fake Updates

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On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Adam Behnke <> wrote:
> We all know that hackers are constantly trying to steal private information
> by getting into the victim's system, either by exploiting the software
> installed in the system or by some other means. By performing routine
> updates for their software, consumers can protect themselves, patching known
> vulnerabilities and therefore greatly reducing the chance of getting hacked.
> Commonly used software, such as MS Office, Adobe Flash and PDF reader (as
> well as the browsers themselves) are the major targets for exploits if left
> unpatched. In the past, fake patches for Firefox, IE, etc. displayed
> messages informing users that updated versions for a plugin or the browser
> were available, prompting the user to update their software. For example,
> the page will tell the user that updating their Flash version is critical.
> Once the user clicks the fake update, it will download malicious content
> (like, for example, the Zeus Trojan) to the victim's computer, as well as
> perhaps a rogue anti-virus, asking the user to pay in order to remove the
> infections. Similar attacks have been done in the past for various browsers,
> too.
> When you think about it, how many people are really cautious about the
> updates, the type of update or the link from where they are downloading and
> installing the update? Obviously, there are very few people that are really
> cautious and vigilant about updates, therefore making the success rates for
> those exploiting the users high.
> Read more about how to perform a few different AutoUpdate man-in-the-middle
> attacks that work against Java, AppleUpdate, Google Analytics, Skype,
> Blackberry and more:
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