Patch Now! Hafnium Attack Group Exploits Zero-Days
oday, Microsoft released a critical security update rollup for Exchange Server versions 2019, 2016, and 2013, addressing multiple 0-day exploits being used in the wild. Microsoft has attributed the weaponization of these vulnerabilities to a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group, "Hafnium." Microsoft Exchange Server has proven a popular mail server and calendar solution, over the past 20 years, making it a natural target for criminal intents and repeated exploitation efforts.
As a result, Microsoft has issued KB5000871 which details the following CVE’s:
- CVE-2021-26412 - Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
- CVE-2021-27078 - Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
- CVE-2021-26854 - Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
- CVE-2021-26855 - Server-Side Request Forgery
- CVE-2021-27065 - Post-Authentication Arbitrary File Write Vulnerability
- CVE-2021-26857 - Insecure Deserialization Vulnerability
- CVE-2021-26858 - Post-Authentication Arbitrary File Write Vulnerability
Microsoft has provided additional technical details in support of evaluating risk potential and Indicators of Compromise (IOCs).
Your Plan of Attack? Update and Patch Now!
Microsoft and Automox recommend that anyone running vulnerable Microsoft Exchange Servers install the security update as soon as possible. Automox customers should search for KB5000871 in the Automox console and apply out-of-band. In addition, and for non-Automox customers, Microsoft has published the security updates to the Microsoft Update Catalog and Windows Update.
These vulnerabilities can be addressed through the following KB: KB5000871
Due to the critical nature of this patch, we do not recommend using automation services to deploy. If you have not done so, establish a critical patch deployment plan that your organization can use to update your services against this and other highly critical vulnerabilities.
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