Hackers backdoored CCleaner, likely affecting tens of millions of users
00:34, Sep 19, 2017
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Even so, a large number of users could potentially have been affected given that CCleaner is reportedly downloaded 5 million times per week (and has racked up over two billion downloads since November of last year).
The version of CCleaner tried to connect to several unregistered web pages, presumably to download other programmes.
Piriform revealed that the malware collected system information-including lists of installed software and Windows updates, MAC addresses of network adapters, PC names and information from the Windows registry key; all of which was sent to a remote server.
CCleaner has gotten compromised in a massive security breach which could affect upwards of 2.27 million users of the popular clean-up software. "We believe that these users are safe now as our investigation indicates we were able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm", the company said. Piriform says that it's resolved the threat by making sure the rogue server is down and others are out of the hacker's purview.
"It's worth pointing out that you may want to go one step further than just downloading a fixed version of CCleaner", he said. The popularity of the application resulted in the researchers' decision to move quickly on the matter, prompting developers Piriform to release a stable version of CCleaner 5.34 and automatically updating the Cloud server.
The details are still being reconstructed, but it appears hackers compromised the server the CCleaner executable (i.e. the program you download) was stored on and put the malware over the top, sort of like somebody sneezing on your salad before handing it to you.
But that means up to 2.27 million users could be vulnerable, and Piriform is urging all users of the affected versions to download v5.34.
According to Piriform, its new parent company Avast had found the affected versions of the software had been compromised on 12 September. "Users should also update to the latest available version of CCleaner to avoid infection", Cisco advises. A new, uncompromised version of CCleaner was released the same day and a clean version of CCleaner Cloud was released on September 15, it said. "Attackers have shown that they are willing to leverage this trust to distribute malware while remaining undetected", the blog post said.
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The booby-trapped version was signed using a valid security certificate that was issued to Piriform by Symantec, which researchers found was valid through to 10/10/2018.
"We are continuing to investigate how this compromise happened, who did it, and why", Piriform said.
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