Millions of Malicious ‘Imageless’ Containers Planted on Docker Hub Over 5 Years | Cybersecurity

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Apr 30, 2024. Newsroom Docker Hub / Supply Chain Attack.

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered multiple campaigns targeting Docker Hub by planting millions of malicious “imageless” containers over the past five years, once again underscoring how open-source registries could pave the way for supply chain attacks.

“Over four million of the repositories in Docker Hub are imageless and have no content except for the repository documentation,” JFrog security researcher Andrey Polkovnichenko said in a report shared with The Hacker News.

What’s more, the documentation has no connection whatsoever to the container. Instead, it’s a web page that’s designed to lure users into visiting phishing or malware-hosting websites.

Of the 4.79 million imageless Docker Hub repositories uncovered, 3.2 million of them are said to have been used as landing pages to redirect unsuspecting users to fraudulent sites as part of three broad campaigns –

  • Downloader (repositories created in the first half of 2021 and September 2023), which advertises links to purported pirated content or cheats for video games but either directly links to malicious sources or a legitimate one that, in turn, contains…


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