We're talking about the latest Java-based vulnerability CVE-2021-44228. Recently, a critical Zero-day vulnerability has been found in log4j which permits Remote Code Execution (RCE) allowing the attackers to get remote access. The Vulnerability got a severity score of 10 out of 10 and several national cybersecurity agencies, including CISA, NCSC and others have issued warnings and emphasized that organizations must “discover unknown instances of Log4j” in addition to patching.

CVE-2021-44228 impacts any organization using Apache Log4j framework including Apache Struts2, Apache Solr, Apache Druid, Apache Flink, and others.

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 About The Log4j vulnerability :  

According to the National Vulnerability Database, “Apache Log4j2 2.0-beta9 through 2.12.1 and 2.13.0 through 2.15.0 JNDI features used in configuration, log messages, and parameters do not protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints.” An attacker can execute arbitrary code loaded from LDAP servers when message lookup substitution is enabled.

From log4j 2.15.0, this behavior has been disabled by default. From version 2.16.0, this functionality has been completely removed. However, this vulnerability is specific to log4j-core and does not affect log4net, log4cxx, or other Apache Logging Services projects.


The Impact of Log4j vulnerability:

Just to put it in perspective, the scan result of Maven Central by Google's Open Source Insights Team, found that almost 8% of packages in the repo have at least one version that is affected by the log4j vulnerability.

Within a week of the exposure of the vulnerability, more than 1 million attacks were attempted and more than 44% of corporate networks worldwide were targeted. And this is just the beginning - the worst of the cyber attacks may actually be months into the future since sophisticated attackers normally create a backdoor, steal credentials and try to bypass security tools and wait for the right time to strike. The nation state-backed hacking groups are also spotted attempting to leverage Log4j.

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How to Protect : 

CISA recommends all organizations upgrade to log4j version 2.15.0 or complete their appropriate vendor recommended mitigation along with the following steps:

  1. Enumerate any external facing devices that have log4j installed*
    *Note: Check for platforms that can hunt Log4j vulnerabilities in both known & shadow IT assets
  2. Make sure that your security operations center is actioning every single alert on the devices that fall into the category above.
  3. Install a web application firewall (WAF) with rules that automatically update so that your SOC is able to concentrate on fewer alerts.

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Some Important Updates : 

You can try to determine whether your organization's products with Log4j are vulnerable by following the chart below:

While we are writing this article, the Apache Software Foundation has released a patch for a third vulnerability in Log4j. Version 2.17.0 of the software was released on December 17 after issues were discovered with the previous release (2.16). Apache said that 2.16 does not always protect from infinite recursion in lookup evaluation and is vulnerable to CVE-2021-45105, a denial of service vulnerability.



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  • Your flow chart missed the biggest decision point: Is your instance exposed and addressable to the Internet?  If no, your risk is significantly reduced.   If yes, continue.

    Just because your app uses Log4J doesn't mean it is directly vulnerable.  If no one on the global Internet can see it, it isn't directly vulnerable.

  • SACHIN BP SHETTY That's some relief though. Also, we should make some frameworks for longterm resolution, so security teams are better prepared when the next Log4j hits. We've seen such instances before like heartbleed. Only this time, the impact is massive considering Log4j is so common, almost everyone is using it directly or indirectly

  • Java 8 it's now VW.17.0...2.16.0 has an infinite recursion vulnerability for one of its string leading to DOS...but it's still better than the lower versions as it doesn't allow remote execution.

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