Microsoft Identifies New Cyberattack Exploits, Issues Patches for On-Premises Exchange Servers

By Published On: March 2nd, 2021Categories: Microsoft, News

Microsoft announced tonight that it has identified new nation-state cyberattacks using previously unknown exploits that target the company’s on-premises Exchange Server software. As a result, to minimize or avoid the impacts of this situation, Microsoft highly recommends that you take immediate action to apply the patches for any on-premises Exchange deployments you have or are managing for a customer or advise your customer of the steps they need to take. The vulnerabilities exist in on-premises Exchange Servers 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. Exchange Online is not affected.

Read the Microsoft Blog: New nation-state cyberattacks
Read the Microsoft Exchange Blog: Released – March 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates

The priorities are servers that are accessible from the Internet (e.g., servers publishing Outlook on the web/OWA and ECP). To patch these vulnerabilities, you should move to the latest Exchange Cumulative Updates and then install the relevant security updates on each Exchange Server.

  • You can use the Exchange Server Health Checker script, which can be downloaded from GitHub (use the latest release).
  • Running this script will tell you if you are behind on your on-premises Exchange Server updates (note that the script does not support Exchange Server 2010).
  • We also recommend that your security team assess whether or not the vulnerabilities were being exploited by using the Indicators of Compromise we shared here.

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