Microsoft Exchange Server CVE-2018-8154 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk:
High
Date Discovered:
May 08, 2018
Description:
Microsoft Exchange Server is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker can leverage this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user. Failed exploit attempts will likely result in denial of service conditions.
Technologies Affected
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 21
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 24
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 19
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 20
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 SP1
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 8
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 9
Recommendations
  • Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.
    If global access isn't needed, block access at the network perimeter to computers hosting the vulnerable operating system.
  • Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
    Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity such as unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.
  • Communicate sensitive information through secure means.
    Implement multiple layers of encryption and authentication to help mitigate against exposure from this and other latent vulnerabilities.
Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.
References
Credits
Nicolas Joly of Microsoft Corporation
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