Defcon: New Hack Hijacks Application Updates Via WiFi

    Date02 Aug 2009
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Researchers here tomorrow will demonstrate a way to hijack the application update process via WiFi and replace the updates with malware. Itzik Kotler, security operation center team leader for Radware and Tomer Bitton, security researcher for Radware, say that the hack can be used against most of today's client application updates. The researchers, who will present their research at the Defcon17 hacker confab, also will release a tool they developed for the targeted attack that can inject a phony but realistic-looking update alert or hijack an ongoing update session, and lure the user to download malware instead.

    "Most applications do simple HTTP transactions that download a file with the newer version ... We can hijack the session and respond ourselves with an 'application update' and it takes place on our malicious Website," Kotler says. "They are then going to download an update, and voila: it's malware."

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