First Cyberattack Spotted in Wild to Exploit Windows BlueKeep RDP Flaw

by chebbi abir

Security researchers spotted the first mass cyberattack campaign exploiting BlueKeep RDP Flaw to install a cryptocurrency miner on the vulnerable installations.

Bluekeep(CVE-2019-0708) is a wormable critical RCE vulnerability in Remote desktop services that let hackers access the vulnerable machine without authentication. As vulnerability is wormable, it could rapidly compromise millions of machines in a short period.

Microsoft and U.S. Government agencies warned users multiple times to patch their system. Microsoft said that “we are confident that an exploit exists for this vulnerability, and if recent reports are accurate, nearly one million computers connected directly to the internet are still vulnerable to CVE-2019-0708″.

The vulnerability exists with following Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, including both 32- and 64-bit versions.

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

On September Metasploit published a public exploit for BlueKeep, the exploit module targets 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2.

The released exploit works on manual targeting, it only scans the machine to check it is vulnerable to BlueKeep or not.

Bluekeep Exploitation Spotted

Security researcher Kevin Beaumont spotted the RDP attacks, he stated that his Bluekeep RDP honeypots that expose only port 3389 going crash and rebooted.



“All have been up for 6 months without any crashes, but now all bar one keeps BSODing. They do have SCCM AV, Sysmon and Azure agents,” he Added.



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