The recent discovery of a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook has sent shockwaves through the cybersecurity industry, as Russian hackers exploit the flaw to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data. The vulnerability, known as CVE-2023-23397, has been categorized as critical by Microsoft and leaves very few forensic artefacts, making it difficult to detect in traditional endpoint forensic analysis.
The Russian government-level hackers have been targeting various organizations in Europe since April 2022, and Microsoft has confirmed that they have already exploited the vulnerability. The targeted organizations include government, military, transportation, and energy sectors. The stakes are now raised, and it's imperative for businesses to take proactive measures to protect their networks and data.
What is the CVE-2023-23397 vulnerability, and how does it work?
The CVE-2023-23397 vulnerability triggers a Net-NTLMv2 hash leak, which has been used for initial access, credential access, lateral movement, and persistence in compromised mailboxes. The vulnerability is difficult to detect using traditional endpoint forensic analysis, making it a serious threat to organizations. Once the attackers gain access, they can move laterally across the network, accessing sensitive data and causing significant damage.
What can you do to protect your organization from this vulnerability?
Microsoft has provided some mitigating factors to help organizations protect themselves from this vulnerability. Here are some actionable steps you can take:
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