Microsoft: Hackers Exploiting New SolarWinds Serv-U Bug Related to Log4j Attacks

Microsoft on Wednesday disclosed details of a new security vulnerability in SolarWinds Serv-U software that it said was being weaponized by threat actors to propagate attacks leveraging the Log4j flaws to compromise targets.

Tracked as CVE-2021-35247 (CVSS score: 5.3), the issue is an ” input validation vulnerability that could allow attackers to build a query given some input and send that query over the network without sanitation,” Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) said.

The flaw, which was discovered by security researcher Jonathan Bar Or, affects Serv-U versions 15.2.5 and prior, and has been addressed in Serv-U version 15.3.

“The Serv-U web login screen to LDAP authentication was allowing characters that were not sufficiently sanitized,” SolarWinds said in an advisory, adding it “updated the input mechanism to perform additional validation and sanitization.”

The IT management software maker also pointed out that “no downstream effect has been detected as the LDAP servers ignored improper characters.” It’s not immediately clear if the attacks detected by Microsoft were mere attempts to exploit the flaw or if they were ultimately successful.

The development comes as multiple threat actors continue to take advantage of the Log4Shell flaws to mass scan and infiltrate vulnerable networks for deploying backdoors, coin miners, ransomware, and remote shells that grant persistent access for further post-exploitation activity. Read more:

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