Supply Chain Compromise
|Supply Chain Compromise|
|Platform||Linux, Windows, macOS|
|Data Sources||Web proxy, File monitoring|
|CAPEC ID||CAPEC-437, CAPEC-438, CAPEC-439|
Supply chain compromise is the manipulation of products or product delivery mechanisms prior to receipt by a final consumer for the purpose of data or system compromise. Supply chain compromise can take place at any stage of the supply chain including:
- Manipulation of development tools
- Manipulation of a development environment
- Manipulation of source code repositories (public or private)
- Manipulation of software update/distribution mechanisms
- Compromised/infected system images (multiple cases of removable media infected at the factory)
- Replacement of legitimate software with modified versions
- Sales of modified/counterfeit products to legitimate distributors
- Shipment interdiction
While supply chain compromise can impact any component of hardware or software, attackers looking to gain execution have often focused on malicious additions to legitimate software in software distribution or update channels.123 Targeting may be specific to a desired victim set4 or malicious software may be distributed to a broad set of consumers but only move on to additional tactics on specific victims.13
- Elderwood has targeted manufacturers in the supply chain for the defense industry.4
- CCBkdr was added to a legitimate, signed version 5.33 of the CCleaner software and distributed on CCleaner's distribution site.561
- Smoke Loader was distributed through a compromised update to a Tor client with a coin miner payload.2
Apply supply chain risk management (SCRM) practices and procedures7, such as supply chain analysis and appropriate risk management, throughout the life-cycle of a system.
Leverage established software development lifecycle (SDLC) practices8:
- Uniquely Identify Supply Chain Elements, Processes, and Actors
- Limit Access and Exposure within the Supply Chain
- Establish and Maintain the Provenance of Elements, Processes, Tools, and Data
- Share Information within Strict Limits
- Perform SCRM Awareness and Training
- Use Defensive Design for Systems, Elements, and Processes
- Perform Continuous Integrator Review
- Strengthen Delivery Mechanisms
- Assure Sustainment Activities and Processes
- Manage Disposal and Final Disposition Activities throughout the System or Element Life Cycle
Use verification of distributed binaries through hash checking or other integrity checking mechanisms. Scan downloads for malicious signatures and attempt to test software and updates prior to deployment while taking note of potential suspicious activity. Perform physical inspection of hardware to look for potential tampering.
- Avast Threat Intelligence Team. (2018, March 8). New investigations into the CCleaner incident point to a possible third stage that had keylogger capacities. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
- Windows Defender Research. (2018, March 7). Behavior monitoring combined with machine learning spoils a massive Dofoil coin mining campaign. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- Command Five Pty Ltd. (2011, September). SK Hack by an Advanced Persistent Threat. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
- O'Gorman, G., and McDonald, G.. (2012, September 6). The Elderwood Project. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- Brumaghin, E. et al. (2017, September 18). CCleanup: A Vast Number of Machines at Risk. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Rosenberg, J. (2017, September 20). Evidence Aurora Operation Still Active: Supply Chain Attack Through CCleaner. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
- The MITRE Corporation. (2014). MITRE Systems Engineering Guide. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
- Boyens, J,. Et al.. (2002, October). Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems. Retrieved April 6, 2018.