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A remote code execution vulnerability in Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) (known previously as NetScaler ADC and Citrix Gateway or NetScaler Gateway) has been discovered. If exploited, it could allow an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of service account used to run Citrix services. Citrix has stated that a patch will be made available in the coming weeks, however as these services often run with administrative privileges on servers, this is a critical vulnerability, and the mitigation should be applied immediately.

The path traversal vulnerability discovered last month (17th December 2019) has recently been weaponised into a full remote code execution (RCE), with exploit code published on the internet. As a result, it is likely that malicious actors are already using this code to perform discovery and exploitation of these weaknesses.

It is simple to verify whether you are vulnerable using a simple curl command against the externally facing Citrix ADC endpoint by running the following command:

curl https://host/vpn/../vpns/cfg/smb.conf –path-as-is

Additional resources are available below to perform checks using other methods such as PowerShell.

https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/en5y8l/multiple_exploits_for_cve201919781_citrix/

Mitigation can be performed by making the configuration changes highlighted in the below articles released by Citrix.

https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX267679

https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX267027

 

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