Attackers who are targeting open-source package repositories like PyPI (Python Package Index) have devised a new technique for hiding their malicious code from security scanners, manual reviews, and other forms of security analysis. In one incident, researchers have found malware code hidden inside a Python bytecode (PYC) file that can be directly executed as opposed to source code files that get interpreted by the Python runtime.
"It may be the first supply chain attack to take advantage of the fact that Python bytecode files can be directly executed, and it comes amid a spike in malicious submissions to the Python Package Index," researchers from security firm ReversingLabs said in a report. "If so, it poses yet another supply-chain risk going forward, since this type of attack is likely to be missed by most security tools, which only scan Python source code (PY) files."
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