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CAPEC-678: System Build Data Maliciously Altered

Attack Pattern ID: 678
Abstraction: Detailed
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+ Description

During the system build process, the system is deliberately misconfigured by the alteration of the build data. Access to system configuration data files and build processes is susceptible to deliberate misconfiguration of the system.

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+ Relationships
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ChildOfStandard Attack PatternStandard Attack Pattern - A standard level attack pattern in CAPEC is focused on a specific methodology or technique used in an attack. It is often seen as a singular piece of a fully executed attack. A standard attack pattern is meant to provide sufficient details to understand the specific technique and how it attempts to accomplish a desired goal. A standard level attack pattern is a specific type of a more abstract meta level attack pattern.444Development Alteration
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+ Prerequisites
An adversary has access to the data files and processes used for executing system configuration and performing the build.
+ Consequences
Section HelpThis table specifies different individual consequences associated with the attack pattern. The Scope identifies the security property that is violated, while the Impact describes the negative technical impact that arises if an adversary succeeds in their attack. The Likelihood provides information about how likely the specific consequence is expected to be seen relative to the other consequences in the list. For example, there may be high likelihood that a pattern will be used to achieve a certain impact, but a low likelihood that it will be exploited to achieve a different impact.
Execute Unauthorized Commands
Access Control
Gain Privileges
Modify Data
Read Data
+ Mitigations
Implement configuration management security practices that protect the integrity of software and associated data.
Monitor and control access to the configuration management system.
Harden centralized repositories against attack.
Establish acceptance criteria for configuration management check-in to assure integrity.
Plan for and audit the security of configuration management administration processes.
Maintain configuration control over operational systems.
+ Example Instances

‘Make’ is a program used for building executable programs and libraries from source code by executing commands and following rules in a ‘makefile’. It can create a malicious executable if commands or dependency paths in the makefile are maliciously altered to execute an unwanted command or reference as a dependency maliciously altered code.

+ Taxonomy Mappings
Section HelpCAPEC mappings to ATT&CK techniques leverage an inheritance model to streamline and minimize direct CAPEC/ATT&CK mappings. Inheritance of a mapping is indicated by text stating that the parent CAPEC has relevant ATT&CK mappings. Note that the ATT&CK Enterprise Framework does not use an inheritance model as part of the mapping to CAPEC.
Relevant to the ATT&CK taxonomy mapping
Entry IDEntry Name
1195.002Supply Chain Compromise: Compromise Software Supply Chain
+ References
[REF-439] John F. Miller. "Supply Chain Attack Framework and Attack Patterns". The MITRE Corporation. 2013. <>.
[REF-660] Melinda Reed, John F. Miller and Paul Popick. "Supply Chain Attack Patterns: Framework and Catalog". Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. 2014-08. <>. URL validated: 2021-06-22.
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
(Version 3.6)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Modification DateModifierOrganization
(Version 3.8)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Taxonomy_Mappings
(Version 3.9)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
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