Threat Response: UPDATE – Citrix Gateway/ADC RCE (CVE-2019-19781)


Last Tuesday, on the 14th of January, we informed you[1] about vulnerabilities in Citrix Gateway and ADC[2]. Earlier tonight, several updates around the Citrix vulnerabilities have been published by NCSC-NL[3].

At this point in time, Northwave has reviewed all the information that is currently publically available on the Citrix Vulnerability. Besides this information, Northwave has also analyzed the available exploits and several cases where Citrix servers were exploited.

Currently, we can see that the mitigation steps as prescribed by Citrix are effective. Updating the services if necessary, and applying the mitigation rules, in that order, renders the exploit ineffective. Based on these facts, we see no reason to take Citrix services fully offline if the correct mitigation measures were applied.

However, we do recognize the serious advice as given by the NCSC, based on information provided by the Dutch intelligence services. Therefore, if you require *full* assurance that the services are not vulnerable anymore, or if you are (related to) vital infrastructure, we recommend following this advice.

Please take into account that if you applied the mitigation measures after January 8, chances are your system has been compromised as attacks were seen starting on that date. If you see any suspicious activity, or require a forensic investigation, please contact the Northwave CERT.

If new critical information about this threat arises we will reach out to you. If you need additional information you can call us by phone or send us an email.

E-mail: [email protected]
Do you have an incident right now? Call our CERT number: +31 (0)85-0437 909 or 0800-1744 (alleen vanuit Nederland)

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