SolarWinds, the corporate on the middle of a provide chain assault that compromised 9 US companies and 100 personal corporations, is scrambling to comprise a brand new safety risk: a vital zero-day vulnerability in its Serv-U product line.
Microsoft found the exploits and privately reported them to SolarWinds, the latter firm stated in an advisory printed on Friday. SolarWinds stated the assaults are fully unrelated to the provision chain assault found in December.
“Microsoft has supplied proof of restricted, focused buyer affect, although SolarWinds doesn’t at the moment have an estimate of what number of prospects could also be straight affected by the vulnerability,” firm officers wrote. “SolarWinds is unaware of the identification of the doubtless affected prospects.”
Solely SolarWinds Serv-U Managed File Switch and Serv-U Safe FTP—and by extension, the Serv-U Gateway, a part of these two merchandise—are affected by this vulnerability, which permits attackers to remotely execute malicious code on weak methods.
An attacker can achieve privileged entry to exploited machines internet hosting Serv-U merchandise and will then set up applications; view, change, or delete knowledge; or run applications on the affected system. The vulnerability exists within the newest Serv-U model 15.2.3 HF1, launched on Could 5, and all prior variations.
SolarWinds has issued a hotfix to mitigate the assaults whereas the corporate works on a everlasting resolution. Folks working Serv-U model 15.2.3 HF1 ought to apply hotfix (HF) 2; these utilizing Serv-U 15.2.3 ought to apply Serv-U 15.2.3 HF1 after which apply Serv-U 15.2.3 HF2; and people working Serv-U variations prior to fifteen.2.3 ought to improve to Serv-U 15.2.3, apply Serv-U 15.2.3 HF1, after which apply Serv-U 15.2.3 HF2. The corporate says prospects ought to set up the fixes instantly.
The hotfixes can be found right here. Disabling SSH entry additionally prevents exploitation.
The federal authorities has attributed final 12 months’s provide chain assault to hackers working for Russia’s Overseas Intelligence Service, abbreviated because the SVR, which for greater than a decade has performed malware campaigns concentrating on governments, political assume tanks, and different organizations in nations together with Germany, Uzbekistan, South Korea, and the US. Targets have included the US State Division and the White Home in 2014.
The hackers used that entry to push a malicious software program replace to about 18,000 prospects of SolarWinds’ Orion community administration product. Of these prospects, roughly 110 acquired a follow-on assault that put in a later-stage payload that exfiltrated proprietary knowledge. The malware put in within the assault marketing campaign is named Sunburst. Once more, SolarWinds stated the exploits underway now haven’t any connection.
Late final 12 months, zero-day vulnerabilities in SolarWinds’ Orion product got here beneath exploit by a distinct set of attackers that researchers have tied to China’s authorities. These attackers put in malware that researchers name SuperNova. Risk actors linked to China have additionally focused SolarWinds. No less than one US authorities company was focused on this operation.