Critical VMWare VCenter Software Vulnerability Under Attack

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A critical remote code execution vulnerability in VMware vCenter Server and VMware Cloud Foundation is being actively exploited by cyber actors to take full control of unpatched systems. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2021-21985, was announced by VMWare in late May and a patch was released to correct the flaw on May 25, 2021.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued an alert warning all users of VMware vCenter Server and VMware Cloud Foundation that the vulnerability is an attractive target for attackers and there is a high risk of exploitation. A reliable proof-of-concept exploit for the vulnerability is now in the public domain.

There are thousands of vulnerable vCenter servers accessible over the Internet that are vulnerable to attack. Mass scanning for...

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