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Friday, 28 July 2017 09:22

Vault 7: OS X, Linux tools detailed in latest document dump


WikiLeaks has released details of tools that can be used on OS X and Linux systems in its ongoing Vault 7 dump of documents that have leaked from the CIA.

The documents, released overnight, come from the CIA's Imperial project and comprise three tools.

Achilles gives an attacker the means to trojan an OS X disk image with one or more executables that can be triggered to launch once. It dates back to 2011.

Also detailed was an OS X rootkit known as SeaPea that runs on OS X 10.6 and 10.7 and hides files, directories, socket connections and processes.

The third tool that was detailed is Aeris, an automated implant that can be used on a number of POSIX-based systems like Debian GNU/Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Solaris, and FreeBSD.

Aeris supports automated file exfiltration, configurable beacon interval and jitter, standalone and Collide-based HTTPS LP support and SMTP protocol support – all with TLS encrypted communications with mutual authentication.

It is compatible with the NOD Cryptographic Specification and provides structured command and control similar to that used by several Windows implants.

The Vault 7 documents have been dumped nearly every week since 7 March.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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