Smart (and Scary) Supply Chain Attack

This advisory describes an interesting attack vector:

“In the period of December 2010 until August 2011, Cisco shipped warranty CDs that contain a reference to a third-party website known to be a malware repository. When the CD is opened with a web browser, it automatically and without warning accesses this third-party website. Additionally, on computers where the operating system is configured to automatically open inserted media, the computer’s default web browser will access the third-party site when the CD is inserted, without requiring any further action by the user.”

The approach is smart as it potentially avoids the malware scanning stage that is presumably part of the preparation and shipping process of those CDs. And as it exploits the trust relationships pertinent to the network equipment supply chain

We’ll probably see (yet) more such stuff in the next years.

Have a great day,




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