A zero-day exploit hosted on a breached website based in the U.S Military. The vulnerability was used in the wild as part of "Operation SnowMan".
Elderwood exploit kit.
Vulnerable component: Microsoft Internet Explorer
CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C
CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free
The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.
The weakness exists due to use-after-free error related to GIFAS. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Web site, trick the victim into visiting it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with privileges of the current user.
Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.
Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.
Known APT campaigns:
Operation Aurora is a series of cyber attacks conducted since mid-2009. Such name was given by Dmitri Alperovitch of McAfee.
The operation was discovered by Google in January, 2010 and is considered to have Chinese origin.
The hackers targeted not only Google but also Yahoo, Symantec, Juniper Networks, Adobe, Northrop Grumman ╨╕ Dow Chemical.Symantec identified the group behind the operation "Elderwood", Dell Secureworks - "Beijing Group".
Operation targeting US veterans of foreign wars website. Is considered to be connected with Operation DeputyDog and Operation Ephemeral Hydra.