During my talk at RSAC 2014, we announced multiple botnet vulnerabilities which had been discovered. The following vulnerability is one of them. Herpes Net is botnet with a wide range of functions, with everything from opening the CD tray to mining bitcoins (via plugins). With a vulnerability in the command and control panel, we can get information on the botnet operator. When this vulnerability was discovered by myself, I had thought it was a rediscovery of a vulnerability discovered by malware.lu.
In a recent search through some underground communities, I came across the source code to a version of the MultiLocker panel. With ransomware, the security industry is always looking for a good way to resolve the issue without the ransom being paid. This could potentially be done by gathering information from the botnet’s panel. While there are likely other vulnerabilities, this one stood out after a quick grep of the code.