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Finding Fortra GoAnywhere MFT with runZero

, by Rob King

On January 22nd, Fortra disclosed a serious vulnerability in its GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer (MFT) product.

This issue, CVE-2024-0204, allows attackers to bypass authentication controls and create new administrative user accounts. Such accounts can then be used to access the system with full administrative privileges. This vulnerability has a CVSS score of 9.8, indicating that it is a critical vulnerability.

It is unknown if this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

What is the impact? #

Upon successful exploitation of this vulnerability, attackers can execute arbitrary commands on the vulnerable system. This includes the creation of new users, installation of additional modules or code, and, in general, system compromise.

Are updates or workarounds available? #

Fortra has fixed this vulnerability in version 7.4.1 of the product and recommends that users upgrade. Additionally, a workaround is provided as described in the vulnerability advisory.

How do I find potentially vulnerable Fortra installations with runZero? #

From the Services Inventory, use the following query to locate assets running the vulnerable products in your network that expose a web interface and which may need remediation or mitigation:

_asset.protocol:http AND protocol:http AND (last.http.body:"alt=%GoAnywhere Web Client" OR http.body:"alt=%GoAnywhere Web Client")

Additional fingerprinting research is ongoing, and additional queries will be published as soon as possible.

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Rob King
Written by Rob King

Rob King is a Principal Researcher at runZero. Over his career Rob has served as a senior researcher with KoreLogic, the architect for TippingPoint DVLabs, and helped get several startups off the ground. Rob helped design SC Magazine's Data Leakage Prevention Product of the Year for 2010, and was awarded the 3Com Innovator of the Year Award in 2009. He has been invited to speak at BlackHat, Shmoocon, SANS Network Security, and USENIX.

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