Microsoft SharePoint Server CVE-2018-0869 Remote Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

February 13, 2018

Description

Microsoft SharePoint Server is prone to a remote privilege-escalation vulnerability because it fails to properly sanitize user-supplied input. An attacker may exploit this issue to gain elevated privileges. Successful exploits may aid in further attacks.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.

Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.

References

Credits

Ashar Javed of Hyundai AutoEver Europe GmbH.


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