Welcome to a deep dive into the ever-evolving landscape of ransomware threats and the critical CVEs that serve as gateways for cyber adversaries. In this exploration, we unravel the tactics employed by ransomware actors and the imperative need for organizations to prioritize vulnerability management. Led by Jendra Chan, Head of Research at Fire Compass, this webinar sheds light on six pivotal CVEs that demand immediate attention from CISOs worldwide. Join us as we dissect the global impact of these vulnerabilities and unveil strategies to fortify organizational defenses against ransomware attacks.



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Around now as you can see that the vity does not have this vulnerability does not have external attack surface but it has a huge internal attack surface it can you know depends on the course the whether this feature is enabled or not but it can have a huge attack surface and as a result this uh once the fishing is completed successful uh you know this ransomware can actually go and spread internally yep so these are the six you know uh cves that we prioritized based on the thread actors uh very recently and and and why they are you know have a global impact and as you can see that all of them has few things in common number one they all have a global attack surface presence right and they are easy to exploit not very complex to write exploits and and these uh cves can be easy to exploit and you know utilize a lot of them utilize just vulnerabilities in in very popular standard softwares uh which can be exploited remotely and which can lead to RC remote code execution various organizations and many times you know we have to travel to the to the respective location and we could just to twice in a year because that was the budget of an organization you know they cannot they cannot make us sit there forever it's not possible uh so uh most of the time you know R teami and pentesting is done quarterly but the vulnerabilities which we discuss can can arise you know anytime any day right uh like we are discussing today and tomorrow critical vity can appear right so that is one challenge with the with the existing you know red teaming and pentesting practice which I have seen uh now definitely we have a one Li assessment practice in place uh we do we scan our Network on a continuous basis on a regular basis at least you know in some cases on a weekly basis and we have also seen it extreme you know where where where some organizations also scan their whole attack surface on a daily basis for this become challenging if you have a you.



Global Attack Surface Presence:

  • Ransomware actors target vulnerabilities with a significant global attack surface presence, maximizing the potential impact of their attacks.
  • CVEs such as CVE-2023 exemplify this trend, with widespread exposure and exploitation potential across diverse organizational networks.

Ease of Exploitation:

  • The prioritized CVEs share a common trait: ease of exploitation. Attackers capitalize on vulnerabilities that require minimal effort to exploit, facilitating rapid infiltration into organizational networks.
  • Exploitation techniques, ranging from phishing campaigns to remote command injection, underscore the need for proactive defense measures.

Internal Attack Surface:

  • While some vulnerabilities may lack external attack surface, they present substantial internal attack vectors, posing a latent threat within organizational networks.
  • The potential for lateral movement and internal propagation heightens the urgency of mitigating vulnerabilities, even within seemingly secure environments.

Redefining Defense Strategies:

  • Traditional red teaming and pentesting practices may fall short in addressing the dynamic nature of ransomware threats and emerging vulnerabilities.
  • Organizations must augment their defense strategies with real-time vulnerability assessments and continuous network scanning to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities proactively.

Adaptive Security Measures:

  • Adaptive security measures, including regular vulnerability scanning and rapid patching cycles, are essential in mitigating the risk posed by ransomware threats.
  • Collaboration between security teams and threat intelligence experts is critical in staying ahead of evolving ransomware tactics and identifying emerging vulnerabilities.


In the relentless battle against ransomware threats, organizations must adapt and evolve their defense strategies to mitigate the risk of exploitation. By prioritizing critical CVEs, fortifying internal defenses, and embracing adaptive security measures, organizations can enhance their resilience against ransomware attacks. Let us unite in our commitment to proactive vulnerability management and collective defense, safeguarding our digital assets and preserving the integrity of organizational networks against the pervasive threat of ransomware. Together, we can navigate the complex threat landscape and emerge stronger in our cybersecurity resilience.



Jitendra Chauhan has over 16+ years of experience in the Information Security Industry in key areas such as Building and Managing Highly Scalable Platforms, Red Teaming, Penetration Testing, and SIEM. He holds multiple patents in Information Security. He loves to visualize problems, solutions and ideas. He is very strong with modelling and inductive learning (he can mentally make math models based on a few examples). He is very passionate about machine learning and its applications, Cyber Security and Micro Services.

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