Continued Exploitation of Pulse Secure VPN Vulnerability

Unpatched Pulse Secure VPN servers go on to be an attractive concentrate on for malicious actors. Affected organizations that have not applied the application patch to deal with a distant code execution (RCE) vulnerability, recognized as CVE-2019-11510, can turn into compromised in an assault. [1]

Despite the fact that Pulse Secure [2] disclosed the vulnerability and provided program patches for the several affected solutions in April 2019, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA) carries on to notice huge exploitation of CVE-2019-11510. [3] [4] [5]

CISA expects to see ongoing assaults exploiting unpatched Pulse Protected VPN environments and strongly urges end users and administrators to enhance to the corresponding fixes. [6]

Timelines of Distinct Occasions

  • April 24, 2019 – Pulse Protected releases original advisory and computer software updates addressing multiple vulnerabilities.
  • May 28, 2019 – Significant professional suppliers get reports of susceptible VPN by way of HackerOne.
  • July 31, 2019 – Whole RCE use of exploit shown working with the admin session hash to get finish shell.
  • August 8, 2019 – Meh Chang and Orange Tsai show the VPN difficulties across many suppliers (Pulse Protected) with thorough attack on energetic VPN exploitation.
  • August 24, 2019 – Poor Packets identifies more than 14,500 vulnerable VPN servers globally nevertheless unpatched and in require of an up grade.
  • Oct 7, 2019 – The National Protection Agency (NSA) creates a Cybersecurity Advisory on Pulse Safe and other VPN goods becoming targeted actively by superior persistent danger actors.
  • Oct 16, 2019 – The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) releases Vulnerability Be aware VU#927237: Pulse Safe VPN incorporates many vulnerabilities.
  • January 2020 – Media reports cybercriminals now targeting unpatched Pulse Safe VPN servers to put in REvil (Sodinokibi) ransomware.   


A remote, unauthenticated attacker might be ready to compromise a vulnerable VPN server. The attacker could be ready to get obtain to all energetic end users and their plain-text qualifications. It could also be attainable for the attacker to execute arbitrary instructions on just about every VPN customer as it efficiently connects to the VPN server.

Impacted versions:

  • Pulse Hook up Protected 9.0R1 – 9.0R3.3
  • Pulse Join Safe 8.3R1 – 8.3R7
  • Pulse Hook up Protected 8.2R1 – 8.2R12
  • Pulse Hook up Secure 8.1R1 – 8.1R15
  • Pulse Coverage Protected 9.0R1 – 9.0R3.1
  • Pulse Policy Protected 5.4R1 – 5.4R7
  • Pulse Plan Safe 5.3R1 – 5.3R12
  • Pulse Policy Safe 5.2R1 – 5.2R12
  • Pulse Policy Secure 5.1R1 – 5.1R15

This vulnerability has no practical workarounds apart from for applying the patches delivered by the seller and doing necessary process updates.

CISA strongly urges customers and administrators to upgrade to the corresponding fixes. [7]

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