Trey Ford, Global Security Strategist at Rapid7, offers some clarity on the discovery of the Skeleton Key malware.

“Dell Secureworks CTU team has set a wonderful example of how information sharing helps cyber security teams in the real world. They’ve identified a tool that attackers use to bypass authentication controls on a Microsoft Windows network.

“Skeleton Key, as the team has named it, is an in-memory patch that compromises how users identify themselves on a Microsoft Windows domain. This malicious patch must be installed by a Domain Administrator account, which means the attacker needs to steal an admin’s account to get this deployed.

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“Because the patch is in-memory, Skeleton Key will not survive a reboot. The Dell team has provided very specific details enabling security teams to look for this attack behavior in their environment. This is a great example of meaningful information sharing in our industry.”

By Trey Ford, Global Security Strategist, Rapid7

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