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Data from 5.4M Twitter users obtained from multiple threat actors and combined with data from other breaches

The massive data breach suffered by Twitter that exposed emails and phone numbers of its customers may have impacted more than five million users.

At the end of July, a threat actor leaked data of 5.4 million Twitter accounts that were obtained by exploiting a now-fixed vulnerability in the popular social media platform.

The threat actor offered for sale the stolen data on the popular hacking forum Breached Forums. In January, a report published on Hacker claimed the discovery of a vulnerability that can be exploited by an attacker to find a Twitter account by the associated phone number/email, even if the user has opted to prevent this in the privacy options.

“The vulnerability allows any party without any authentication to obtain a twitter ID(which is almost equal to getting the username of an account) of any user by submitting a phone number/email even though the user has prohibitted this action in the privacy settings. The bug exists due to the proccess of authorization used in the Android Client of Twitter, specifically in the procces of checking the duplication of a Twitter account.” ” reads the description in the report submitted by zhirinovskiy via bug bounty platform HackerOne. “This is a serious threat, as people can not only find users who have restricted the ability to be found by email/phone number, but any attacker with a basic knowledge of scripting/coding can enumerate a big chunk of the Twitter user base unavaliable to enumeration prior (create a database with phone/email to username connections). Such bases can be sold to malicious parties for advertising purposes, or for the purposes of tageting celebrities in different malicious activities”

The seller claimed that the database was containing data (i.e. emails, phone numbers) of users ranging from celebrities to companies. The seller also shared a sample of data in the form of a csv file.

In August, Twitter confirmed that the data breach was caused by the now-patched zero-day flaw submitted by the researchers zhirinovskiy via bug bounty platform HackerOne and that he received a $5,040 bounty.

“We want to let you know about a vulnerability that allowed someone to enter a phone number or email address into the log-in flow in the attempt to learn if that information was tied to an existing Twitter account, and if so, which specific account.” reads the Twitter’s advisory. “In January 2022, we received a report through our bug bounty program of a vulnerability that allowed someone to identify the email or phone number associated with an account or, if they knew a person’s email or phone number, they could identify their Twitter account, if one existed,” continues the social media firm.

“This bug resulted from an update to our code in June 2021. When we learned about this, we immediately investigated and fixed it. At that time, we had no evidence to suggest someone had taken advantage of the vulnerability.”

This week, the website claimed that the data breach was word than initially reported by the company. The website reports that multiple threat actors exploited the same flaw and the data available in the cyberscrime underground have differed sources.

“A massive Twitter data breach last year, exposing more than five million phone numbers and email addresses, was worse than initially reported. We’ve been shown evidence that the same security vulnerability was exploited by multiple bad actors, and the hacked data has been offered for sale on the dark web by several sources.” reads the post published by

Source: Twitter account @sonoclaudio

9to5Mac‘s claims are based on the availability of the dataset that contained the same information in a different format offered by a different threat actor. The source told the website that the database was “just one of a number of files they have seen.” It seems that the impacted accounts are only those having the “Discoverability | Phone option (which is hard to find within Twitter’s settings)” enabled in late 2021.

The archive seen by 9to5Mac includes data belonging to Twitter users in the UK, almost every EU country, and parts of the US.

“I have obtained multiple files, one per phone number country code, containing the phone number <-> Twitter account name pairing for entire country’s telephone number space from +XX 0000 to +XX 9999.” the source told 9to5Mac. “Any twitter account which had the Discoverability | Phone option enabled in late 2021 was listed in the dataset.”

The experts speculate that multiple threat actors had access to the Twitter database and combined it with data from other security breaches.

The security researcher behind the account @chadloder (Twitter after the disclosure of the news) told 9to5Mac that the “email-twitter pairings were derived by running existing large databases of 100M+ email addresses through this Twitter discoverability vulnerability.”

The researcher told the website that they would reach out to Twitter for comment, but the entire media relations team left the company.


Update: After discussing with my colleague @sonoclaudio, we noticed that the post on the popular breach forum reports that 1.4 accounts were suspended. Now the question is, why months after the accounts were suspended, the data were still present in the database? Which is the retention period for Twitter? Does Twitter violate the GDPR for European users?

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Twitter)

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MSMAP - Memory WebShell Generator

Msmap is a Memory WebShell Generator. Compatible with various Containers, Components, Encoder, WebShell / Proxy / Killer and Management Clients. 简体中文

The idea behind I, The idea behind II


  • Dynamic Menu
  • Automatic Compilation
  • Generate Script
  • Lite Mode
  • Graphical Interface


  • Java
    • Tomcat7
    • Tomcat8
    • Tomcat9
    • Tomcat10
    • Resin3
    • Resin4
    • WebSphere
    • GlassFish
    • WebLogic
    • JBoss
    • Spring
    • Netty
    • JVM*
  • .NET
    • IIS
  • PHP
  • Python

*: Default support for Linux Tomcat 8/9, more versions can be adapted according to the advanced guide.

WebShell / Proxy / Killer

  • WebShell

    • CMD / SH
    • AntSword
    • JSPJS
    • Behinder
    • Godzilla
  • No need for modularity

Proxy: Neo-reGeorg, wsproxy

Killer: java-memshell-scanner, ASP.NET-Memshell-Scanner

Decoder / Decryptor / Hasher

  • Decoder
    • Base64
    • Hex
  • Decryptor
    • XOR
    • RC4
    • AES128
    • AES256
    • RSA
  • Hasher
    • MD5
    • SHA128
    • SHA256


git clone [email protected]:hosch3n/msmap.git
cd msmap

[Warning] MUST set a unique password, Options are case sensitive.


Edit config/

# Auto Compile
auto_build = True

# Base64 Encode Class File
b64_class = True

# Generate Script File
generate_script = True

# Compiler Absolute Path
java_compiler_path = r"~/jdk1.6.0_04/bin/javac"
dotnet_compiler_path = r"C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\csc.exe"

Edit gist/java/container/tomcat/

// Servlet Path Pattern
private static String pattern = "*.xml";

If an encryption encoder is used in WsFilter, the password needs to be the same as the path (eg /passwd)

gist/java/container/jdk/ with lib/servlet-api.jar can be replaced depending on the target container.

pip3 install pyperclip to support automatic copying to clipboard.



Command with Base64 Encoder | Inject Tomcat Valve

python Java Tomcat Valve Base64 CMD passwd


Type JSP with default Encoder | Inject Tomcat Valve

python Java Tomcat Valve RAW AntSword passwd

Type JSP with aes_128_ecb_pkcs7_padding_md5 Encoder | Inject Tomcat Listener

python Java Tomcat Listener AES128 AntSword passwd

Type JSP with rc_4_sha256 Encoder | Inject Tomcat Servlet

python Java Tomcat Servlet RC4 AntSword passwd

Type JSP with xor_md5 Encoder | AgentFiless Inject HttpServlet

python Java JDK JavaX XOR AntSword passwd

Type JSPJS with aes_128_ecb_pkcs7_padding_md5 Encoder | Inject Tomcat WsFilter

python Java Tomcat WsFilter AES128 JSPJS passwd


Type default_aes | Inject Tomcat Valve

python Java Tomcat Valve AES128 Behinder rebeyond

Type default_xor_base64 | Inject Spring Interceptor

python Java Spring Interceptor XOR Behinder rebeyond


Type JAVA_AES_BASE64 | Inject Tomcat Valve

python Java Tomcat Valve AES128 Godzilla superidol

Type JAVA_AES_BASE64 | AgentFiless Inject HttpServlet

python Java JDK JavaX AES128 Godzilla superidol

Known issue




As-Exploits memshell_manage

Behinder | wsMemShell | ysomap

All You Need to Know About Emotet in 2022

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Microsoft SharePoint Server Post-Authentication Server-Side Request Forgery vulnerability

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Devices from Dell, HP, and Lenovo used outdated OpenSSL versions

Researchers discovered that devices from Dell, HP, and Lenovo are still using outdated versions of the OpenSSL cryptographic library.

Binarly researchers discovered that devices from Dell, HP, and Lenovo are still using outdated versions of the OpenSSL cryptographic library.

The OpenSSL software library allows secure communications over computer networks against eavesdropping or need to identify the party at the other end. OpenSSL contains an open-source implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols.

The researchers discovered the issue by analyzing firmware images used devices from the above manufacturers.

The experts analyzed one of the core frameworks EDKII used as a part of any UEFI firmware which has its own submodule and wrapper over the OpenSSL library (OpensslLib) in the CryptoPkg component.

EDK II is a modern, feature-rich, cross-platform firmware development environment for the UEFI and UEFI Platform Initialization (PI) specifications.

The main EDKII repository is hosted on Github and is frequently updated.

The experts first analyzed Lenovo Thinkpad enterprise devices and discovered that they used different versions of OpenSSL in the firmware image.

Lenovo Thinkpad enterprise devices used three different versions of OpenSSL: 0.9.8zb, 1.0.0a, and 1.0.2j. The most recent OpenSSL version was released in 2018.

“Many of the security-related firmware modules contain significantly outdated versions of OpenSSL. Some of them like InfineonTpmUpdateDxe contain code known to be vulnerable for at least eight (8) years.” reads the report published by Binarly. “The InfineonTpmUpdateDxe module is responsible for updating the firmware of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on the Infineon chip. This clearly indicates the supply chain problem with third-party dependencies when it looks like these dependencies never received an update, even for critical security issues.”

One of the firmware modules named InfineonTpmUpdateDxe uses the OpenSSL version 0.9.8zb that was released on August 4, 2014.

The researchers discovered that most recent OpenSSL version is used by on Lenovo enterprise devices and dates back to the summer of 2021.


The following image reports for each vendor all the versions of OpenSSL detected by the Binarly Platform in the wild:

OpenSSL vendors

The experts pointed out that the same device firmware code often rely on different versions of OpenSSL. 

The reason for this design choice is that the supply chain of third-party code depends on their own code base, which is often not available to device firmware developers. The researchers explained that this introduces an extra layer of supply chain complexity.

“Most of the OpenSSL dependencies are linked statically as libraries to specific firmware modules that create compile-time dependencies which are hard to identify without deep code analysis capabilities.” continues the report. “Historically the problem within third-party code dependencies is not an easy issue to solve at the compiled code level.”

The experts noticed that devices from Dell and Lenovo relied on version 0.9.8l that dates back to 2009.

Some Lenovo devices used the version 1.0.0a that dates back 2010, while the three vendors (Lenovo, Dell, HP) were observed using version 0.9.8w that dates back 2012.

“We see an urgent need for an extra layer of SBOM Validation when it comes to compiled code to validate on the binary level, the list of third-party dependency information that matches the actual SBOM provided by the vendor,” concludes the report. “A ‘trust-but-verify’ approach is the best way to deal with SBOM failures and reduce supply chain risks.”

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, firmware)

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