Hackers exploit critical VMware RCE flaw to install backdoors

Advanced hackers are actively exploiting a critical remote code execution vulnerability, CVE-2022-22954, that affects in VMware Workspace ONE Access.

The issue was addressed in a security update 20 days ago along with two more RCEs – CVE-2022-22957 and CVE-2022-22958 that also affect VMware Identity Manager, VMware vRealize Automation, VMware Cloud Foundation, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Soon after the public disclosure of the flaws, proof of concept exploit code emerged in the public space, enabling hackers leveraged to target vulnerable VMware product deployments.

VMware confirmed CVE-2022-22954 exploitation in the wild.

The adversaries gain initial access to the environment by exploiting CVE-2022-22954, the only one in the RCE trio that doesn’t require administrative access to the target server and also has a publicly available PoC exploit.

“Morphisec research observed attackers already exploiting this vulnerability to launch reverse HTTPS backdoors-mainly Cobalt Strike, Metasploit, or Core Impact beacons” – Morphisec.

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