Computerworld: Security Vendor Exposes Vulnerabilities In DDoS Rootkit

Posted by Jill Newbury    Aug 15, 2012 8:24:00 AM

In what it says is an attempt to turn the tables on malicious hackers, security vendor Prolexic on Tuesday released details of vulnerabilities it has discovered in a toolkit family used by hackers to launch distributed denial of service attacks against corporate networks.

The disclosure is designed to give IT security staff information they can use to mitigate attacks launched using the DDoS toolkit, according to Prolexic.

The company's vulnerability report specifically details flaws in the command & control component of the Dirt Jumper DDoS toolkit that has been associated with DDoS attacks recently. The flaws allow "counter-attackers to obtain access to the Command and Control (C&C) database backend, and potentially server-side files," the company noted in a statement.

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