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Petya-like Ransomware Explained

TL;DR summary (7:40 PM EDT June 28): A major ransomware attack started in Ukraine yesterday and has spread around the world. The ransomware, which was initially thought to be a modified Petya variant, encrypts files on infected machines and uses multiple mechanisms to…

Announcing Microsoft Azure Asset Discovery in InsightVM

Almost every security or IT practitioner is familiar with the ascent and continued dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS). But you only need to peel back a layer or two to find Microsoft Azure growing its own market share and establishing its position as the…

Patch Tuesday - June 2017

This month sees another spate of critical fixes from Microsoft, including patches for a number of Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. Two of these are already known to be exploited in the wild (CVE-2017-8543 and CVE-2017-8464). Today's patches are so crucial that Microsoft has once…

Wanna Decryptor (WNCRY) Ransomware Explained

Mark the date: May 12, 2017. This is the day the “ransomworm” dubbed “WannaCry” / “Wannacrypt” burst — literally — onto the scene with one of the initial targets being the British National Health Service. According to The Guardian: the “unprecedented attack… affected 12 countries and at least…

Patch Tuesday - May 2017

It's a relatively light month as far as Patch Tuesdays go, with Microsoft issuing fixes for a total of seven vulnerabilities as part of their standard update program. However, an eighth, highly critical vulnerability (CVE-2017-0290) that had some of the security community buzzing over the…

Simple Vulnerability Remediation Collaboration with InsightVM

Many security groups today use ticketing systems that were originally designed for IT or developers, and are usually ill-suited to their vulnerability management needs. Even more commonly, teams simply rely on spreadsheets and unwieldy reports. On the other end of the spectrum, some security teams…

Actionable Vulnerability Remediation Projects in InsightVM

Security practitioners and the remediating teams they collaborate with are increasingly asked to do more with less. They simply cannot remediate everything; it has never been more important to prioritize and drive remediations from start to finish. The Remediation Workflow capability in InsightVM was designed…

Patch Tuesday - April 2017

This month's updates deliver vital client-side fixes, resolving publicly disclosed remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office that attackers are already exploiting in the wild. In particular, they've patched the CVE-2017-0199 zero-day flaw in Office and WordPad, which could allow an…

Cisco Enable / Privileged Exec Support

In Nexpose version 6.4.28, we are adding support for privileged elevation on Cisco devices through enable command for those that are running SSH version 2.A fully privileged policy scan provides more accurate information on the target's compliance status, and the ability to…

Introducing Interactive Guides

Recently, Rapid7 took a step forward to deliver insight to our customers: our vulnerability management solutions now include the ability to deliver interactive guides. Guides are step-by-step workflows, built to deliver assistance to users at the right time. Guides are concise and may be absorbed…

Exploiting Macros via Email with Metasploit Pro Social Engineering

Currently, phishing is seen as one of the largest infiltration points for businesses around the globe, but there is more to social engineering than just phishing. Attackers may use email and USB keys to deliver malicious files to users in the hopes of gaining access…

Patch Tuesday - March 2017

Due in part to the delay of February's fixes, today's Patch Tuesday is a big one, comprising 18 bulletins split evenly between "Critical" and "Important" ratings. It's also significant as three of the bulletins (MS17-006, MS17-012, and MS17-013) contain fixes for…

Attacking Microsoft Office - OpenOffice with Metasploit Macro Exploits

It is fair to say that Microsoft Office and OpenOffice are some of the most popular applications in the world. We use them for writing papers, making slides for presentations, analyzing sales or financial data, and more. This software is so important to businesses that,…

February 2017 Patch Tuesday: Delayed

Earlier today Microsoft announced that they will be delaying this month's security updates due to finding a last-minute issue that could "impact some customers." This may be due to a glitch in their new process that they were not able to iron out in time…

A Reminder About Upcoming Microsoft Vulnerability Content Changes

Update (February 14th): Microsoft has delayed the release of their February 2017 security updates due to a last-minute issue. As always, we will provide timely coverage for the vulnerabilities once Microsoft has published the updates.Next Tuesday (February 14th) will mark a major change in…

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