A zero-day vulnerability affecting Fortra's GoAnywhere MFT managed file transfer application is being actively exploited in the wild.
Details of the flaw were first publicly shared by security reporter Brian Krebs on Mastodon. No public advisory has been published by Fortra.
The vulnerability is a case of remote code injection that requires access to the administrative console of the application, making it imperative that the systems are not exposed to the public internet.
According to security researcher Kevin Beaumont, there are over 1,000 on-premise instances that are publicly accessible over the internet, a majority of which are located in the U.S.
"The Fortra advisory Krebs quoted advises GoAnywhere MFT customers to review all administrative users and monitor for unrecognized usernames, especially those created by system," Rapid7 researcher Caitlin Condon said.
"The logical deduction is that Fortra is likely seeing follow-on attacker behavior that includes the creation of new administrative or other users to take over or maintain persistence on vulnerable target systems."
Alternatively, the cybersecurity company said it's possible for threat actors to exploit reused, weak, or default credentials to obtain administrative access to the console.
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There is no patch currently available for the zero-day vulnerability, although Fortra has released workarounds to remove the "License Response Servlet" configuration from the web.xml file.
Vulnerabilities in file transfer solutions have become appealing targets for threat actors, what with flaws in Accellion and FileZen weaponized for data theft and extortion.
Fortra, the company behind the Cobalt Strike adversary simulation software, has released a patch (version 7.1.2) to address a zero-day flaw in GoAnywhere MFT that has come under active exploitation. Users are advised to update to move quickly to apply the fixes.