Alert Logic® is actively researching an unrestricted file upload vulnerability that was discovered in the “jQuery_file_upload” plugin for jQuery. This code is routinely reused by other software, particularly within CMS plugins. This has a significant potential impact across a large range of target systems.
The CVE-2018-9206 vulnerability was published by Akamai in early October 2018. The vulnerability allows unauthenticated attackers to upload any file to the victim server (web shells or malware). These malicious payloads could then be used to provide remote control over the victim host and allow further attacks (such as data exfiltration) or lateral movement on to other hosts in the network. This vulnerability allows attackers to eventually take over complete control of a vulnerable host once exploited.
Alert Logic Coverage
The Alert Logic IDS has had signatures in place to detect exploits of CVE-2018-9206 since May 2018.
In addition, Alert Logic is developing scan content that will be able to detect if the customer asset is vulnerable to this threat.
For more information on this vulnerability, refer to our CMS jQuery File Upload knowledge base article.
Recommendations for Mitigation
The following mitigations have been provided by BlueImp:
Note: Ensure that all software is updated to the latest versions.
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10/22/18: Vulnerability scan coverage is now available to identify to vulnerable assets.