Threat Response: UPDATE – Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange Server



Last Tuesday we sent out a message regarding a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange Server. More details have surfaced about the vulnerability in the meantime, of which we want to inform you today.

The vulnerability is part of a specific command that is normally used to update Data Loss Prevention policies. Insufficient validation of the command results in an opportunity for an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

A successful attack can only be performed through a compromised account that has the Data Loss Prevention role applied to it. Without said role changing DLP policies is impossible, and as a result the attack would fail. This contradicts our earlier message, which stated that no authentication was necessary to launch the attack. However, given a user account with these privileges, lateral movement in the network is still possible.

Additionally, in the past few days proof-of-concept code has been made publicly available[5], making it trivial for anyone with these credentials to execute the attack. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying the patch as soon as possible.

Northwave updates the risk classification to medium, because of the added requirement of a sufficiently privileged compromised user account to carry out the attack. However, Northwave maintains its high impact classification.


There are currently no mitigations or work-arounds available. If for whatever reason you absolutely cannot deploy the patch to all affected systems, it is highly recommended to increase awareness for all users carrying the Data Loss Prevention role to protect their account.

To see the previous message about this Threat Response, click here.


Northwave will monitor any developments regarding this vulnerability. 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)85 043 7909 or 0800-1744 (alleen vanuit Nederland)

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