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Thousands of Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Gateway endpoints remain vulnerable to two critical security flaws disclosed by the company over the last few months.
While CVE-2022-27510 relates to an authentication bypass that could be exploited to gain unauthorized access to Gateway user capabilities, CVE-2022-27518 concerns a remote code execution bug that could enable the takeover of affected systems.
Citrix and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), earlier this month, warned that CVE-2022-27518 is being actively exploited in the wild by threat actors, including the China-linked APT5 state-sponsored group.
Now, according to a new analysis from NCC Group’s Fox-IT research team, thousands of internet-facing Citrix servers are still unpatched, making them an attractive target for hacking crews.
This includes over 3,500 Citrix ADC and Gateway servers running version 12.1-65.21 that are susceptible to CVE-2022-27518, as well as more than 500 servers running 12.1-63.22 that are vulnerable to both flaws.
A majority of the servers, amounting to no less than 5,000, are running 13.0-88.14, a version that’s immune to CVE-2022-27510 and CVE-2022-27518.
A country-wise breakdown shows that more than 40% of servers located in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, France, Singapore, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. have been updated, with China faring the worst, where only 20% of nearly 550 servers have been patched.
Fox-IT said it was able to deduce the version information from an MD5-like hash value present in the HTTP response of login URL (i.e., “ns_gui/vpn/index.html”) and mapping it to their respective versions.