Vulnerability of the Week PiPI, python extractor, telegram, Cisco, Samsung hack, Qnap Dedbolt variant 

vulnerability managment and security vulnerability of the week - 12 September

Security Vulnerability of the Week 12/09/22 

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This week we deep dive into PiPI, python extractor, telegram, Cisco, Samsung hack, Qnap Dedbolt variant 


PyPI 1 in 3 packages Executes Code Automatically After Python Downloads

WordPress sites are being hacked to display fake Cloudflare DDoS protection pages to distributing NetSupport RAT and the RaccoonStealer password-stealing Trojan.

“A worrying feature in pip/PyPI allows code to automatically run when developers are merely downloading a package,” Checkmarx researcher Yehuda Gelb said in a technical report published this week.

Always monitor the 

One of the ways by which packages can be installed for Python is by executing the “pip install” command, which, in turn, invokes a file called “” that comes bundled along with the module.

“,” as the name implies, is a setup script that’s used to specify metadata associated with the package, including its dependencies.

Always monitor the dependencies for PIP

“pip download does the same resolution and downloading as pip install, but instead of installing the dependencies, it collects the downloaded distributions into the directory provided (defaulting to the current directory),” the documentation reads.

In other words, the command can be used to download a Python package without having to install it on the system. But as it turns out, executing the download command also runs the aforementioned “” script, resulting in the execution of malicious code contained within it.


Prynt Stealer new data extractor malware


Telegram 'hacker' threatens 'bombshell' crypto revelations

Researchers discovered a private Telegram channel-based backdoor in the information stealing malware, dubbed Prynt Stealer, which its developer added with the intention of secretly stealing a copy of victims’ exfiltrated data when used by other cybercriminals.

The cybersecurity firm analysis of Prynt Stealer shows that its codebase is derived from two other open source malware families, AsyncRAT and StormKitty, with new additions incorporated to include a backdoor Telegram channel to collect the information stolen by other actors to the malware’s author.

Prynt Stealer

“The Prynt Stealer author went a step further and added a backdoor to steal from their customers by hardcoding a Telegram token and chat ID into the malware. As the saying goes, there is no honour among thieves.”


Cisco Releases Security Patches latest vulnerabilities

Cisco Has released in the first week of september a cumulative patch lis

Tracked as CVE-2022-28199 (CVSS score: 8.6), the vulnerability stems from a lack of proper error handling in DPDK’s network stack, enabling a remote adversary to trigger a denial-of-service (DoS) condition and cause an impact on data integrity and confidentiality.

“If an error condition is observed on the device interface, the device may either reload or fail to receive traffic, resulting in a denial-of-service (DoS) condition,” Cisco said in a notice published on September 7.

Previous list of vulnerabilities: 

DPDK refers to a set of libraries and optimized network interface card (NIC) drivers for fast packet processing, offering a framework and common API for high-speed networking applications.

Cisco said it investigated its product lineup and determined the following services to be affected by the bug, prompting the networking equipment maker to release software updates –

  • Cisco Catalyst 8000V Edge Software
  • Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv), and
  • Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual (formerly FTDv)

Lastly, it also disclosed details of an authentication bypass bug (CVE-2022-20923, CVSS score: 4.0) affecting Cisco Small Business RV110W, RV130, RV130W, and RV215W Routers, which it said will not be fixed owing to the products reaching end-of-life (EOL).

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QNAP has a new Deadbolt ransomware variant Exploiting Photo Station Flaw

QNAP has issued a new advisory urging users of its network-attached storage (NAS) devices to upgrade to the latest version of Photo Station following yet another wave of Deadbolt in the wild by exploiting a zero-day flaw in the software.

The Taiwanese company said it detected the attacks on September 3 and that “the campaign appears to target QNAP NAS devices running Photo Station with internet exposure.”

The issue has been addressed in the following versions –

  • QTS 5.0.1: Photo Station 6.1.2 and later
  • QTS 5.0.0/4.5.x: Photo Station 6.0.22 and later
  • QTS 4.3.6: Photo Station 5.7.18 and later
  • QTS 4.3.3: Photo Station 5.4.15 and later
  • QTS 4.2.6: Photo Station 5.2.14 and later

The vulnerability is currently at high price in dark web with a high interest score and easely exploted. The weakness was shared 09/08/2022 as qsa-22-24. The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2022-27593 since 03/21/2022. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment

An externally controlled reference to a resource vulnerability has been reported to affect QNAP NAS running Photo Station. If exploited, This could allow an attacker to modify system files. We have already fixed the vulnerability in the following versions: QTS 5.0.1: Photo Station 6.1.2 and later QTS 5.0.0/4.5.x: Photo Station 6.0.22 and later QTS 4.3.6: Photo Station 5.7.18 and later QTS 4.3.3: Photo Station 5.4.15 and later QTS 4.2.6: Photo Station 5.2.14 and later

Latest Stats by Censys:

Censys Deadbolt Ransomware Report

A majority of the hacked devices are located in the U.S. (2,385), Germany (1,596), Italy (1,293), Taiwan (1,173), the U.K. (1,156), France (1,069), Hong Kong (995), Japan (962), Australia (684), and Canada (646).


Samsung reveals US customers exposed in the latest breach 

South Korean Samsung on September 2 has released a report on a recent cybersecurity incident that resulted in the unauthorized access of some customer information, the second time this year it has reported such a breach.

“In late July 2022, an unauthorized third-party acquired information from some of Samsung’s U.S. systems,” the company disclosed in a notice. “On or around August 4, 2022, we determined through our ongoing investigation that the personal information of certain customers was affected.”

The announcement comes less than six months after Samsung confirmed a similar incident. In March 2022, it revealed that internal data, including the source code related to its Galaxy smartphones, was leaked in the aftermath of an attack staged by the LAPSUS$ extortion gang.

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