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Security Activity Bulletin

TCP Traffic on Networks in Asia Redirected to Malicious Websites

 
Threat Type:IntelliShield: Applied Mitigation Bulletin
IntelliShield ID:17778
Version:4
First Published:2009 March 06 22:14 GMT
Last Published:2009 March 13 21:23 GMT
Port: Not available
Urgency:Possible use
Credibility:Corroborated
Severity:Mild Damage
 
 
Version Summary:

IntelliShield is updating this bulletin with information about the TCP traffic redirection attacks that are affecting networks in Asia.

 

Description
 

Public reports are indicating that some TCP traffic that is passed through certain networks in Asia may be redirected to malicious websites.? Full details of the attacks are unclear, but they could be a result of a malicious code outbreak, DNS compromise, non-blind TCP spoofing attacks, or another man-in-the-middle style of attack.

Non-blind TCP spoofing attacks refer to TCP attacks where attackers reside on the same subnet as the targeted user, or along the path of a user's traffic.? Because the attacker has visibility into the victim's traffic, he or she can determine the sequence and acknowledge (SEQ/ACK) numbers; if these numbers are known, the attacker can accurately spoof the victim's desired destination.? Successful spoofing could result in session hijacking, redirection, or other interference or inspection of the victim's traffic.

Non-blind TCP spoofing attacks take place between a user and the destination device or application when an attacker is attempting to locate valid SEQ/ACK packets. ?This type of attack could allow an attacker to redirect?packets with valid SEQ/ACK numbers to a user, which may redirect the user's browser session to a malicious website.? Public sources indicate that this website was hxxp://www.dachengkeji.com/aritcle/index.htm, but the URL has become unreachable.? Attacks could redirect users to other malicious sites or compromised legitimate sites that may subsequently infect systems with malicious code or allow attackers to perform other malicious activities.

The following websites may redirect users:

www.msn.com.tw
tw.msn.com
taiwan.cnet.com

Users should also be aware of the possibility of web redirects and use caution even when visiting well-known and trusted websites.? For assistance in verifying the authenticity of URLs, users can check the reputation of an IP address or domain using web reputation tools.

 
Alert History
 

Version 3, March 12, 2009, 3:05 PM:  IntelliShield is re-releasing this bulletin to include updated information about the TCP traffic redirection attacks on Taiwanese networks.

Version 2, March 11, 2009, 12:03 PM: IntelliShield is re-releasing the bulletin detailing the TCP traffic redirection attacks on Taiwanese networks to include updated information.

Version 1, March 6, 2009, 5:14 PM: Reports indicate that users attempting to browse to certain Taiwanese websites are being redirected to malicious websites.



Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
IntelliShieldSecurity Activity Bulletin Original Release Base

Associated Products:
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