A zero-day vulnerability in FortiOS SSL-VPN that Fortinet addressed last month was exploited by unknown actors in attacks targeting governments and other large organizations.
“The complexity of the exploit suggests an advanced actor and that it is highly targeted at governmental or government-related targets,” Fortinet researchers said in a post-mortem analysis published this week.
The attacks entailed the exploitation of CVE-2022-42475, a heap-based buffer overflow flaw that could enable an unauthenticated remote attacker to execute arbitrary code via specifically crafted requests.
The infection chain analysed by the company shows that the end goal was to deploy a generic Linux implant modified for FortiOS that’s equipped to compromise Fortinet’s intrusion prevention system (IPS) software and establish connections with a remote server to download additional malware and execute commands.
Fortinet said it was unable to recover the payloads used in the subsequent stages of the attacks. It did not disclose when the intrusions took place.
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