This Week In Security: GoDaddy, Joomla, And ClamAV

We’ve seen some rough security fails over the years, and GoDaddy’s recent news about a breach leading to rogue website redirects might make the highlight reel. The real juicy part is buried on page 30 of a PDF filing to the SEC.

Based on our investigation, we believe these incidents are part of a multi-year campaign by a sophisticated threat actor group that, among other things, installed malware on our systems and obtained pieces of code related to some services within GoDaddy.

That multi-year campaign appears to goes back to at least October 2019, when an SSH file was accessed and altered, leading to 28,000 customer SSH usernames and passwords being exposed. There was also a 2021 breach of the GoDaddy WordPress environment, that has been linked to the same group.

Reading between the lines, there may be an implication here that the attackers had an ongoing presence in GoDaddy’s internal network for that entire multi-year period — note that the quote above refers to a single campaign, and not multiple campaigns from the same actor. That would be decidedly bad.

Joomla’s Force Persuasion

Joomla has a critical vulnerability, CVE-2023-23752, which is a trivial information leak from a web endpoint. This flaw is present in all of the 4.x releases, up to 4.2.8, which contains the fix. The issue is the Rest API, which gives access to pretty much everything about a given site. It has an authentication component, of course. The bypass is to simply append ?public=true. Yes, it’s a good old “You don’t need to see his identification” force suggestion.

There’s even a PoC script that runs the request and spits out the most interesting data: the username, password, and user id contained in the data. It’s not quite as disastrous as that sounds — the API isn’t actually leaking the administrative username and password, or even password hash. It’s leaking the SQL database information. Though if your database is accessible from the Internet, then that’s pretty much as bad as it could be. Continue reading “This Week In Security: GoDaddy, Joomla, And ClamAV”