A Vulnerability in ManageEngine Desktop Central Could Allow for Remote Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2020-034 - UPDATED
Date(s) Issued: 
Monday, March 9, 2020
Date Updated: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Subject: 
A Vulnerability in ManageEngine Desktop Central Could Allow for Remote Code Execution
Overview: 

A vulnerability in ManageEngine Desktop Central could allow for remote code execution. Desktop Central is a unified endpoint management solution that helps in managing servers, laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets from a central location. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow for remote code execution within the context of SYSTEM. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

ORGINAL THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

Proof of Concept has been publicly released.

 

March 10 - UPDATED THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

This vulnerability has been observed and reported being actively exploited in the wild.

Systems Affected: 
  • Desktop Central 10 prior to 10.0.474
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
Medium
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
Medium
Home Users: 
Low
Description: 

A vulnerability in ManageEngine Desktop Central could allow for remote code execution on affected installations (CVE-2020-10189). This issue occurs during deserialization of a specially crafted file due to improper input validation in the FileStorage class. An unauthenticated attacker can upload a malicious file and make a subsequent request to the uploaded file in order to trigger the malicious code.

 

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow for remote code execution within the context of SYSTEM. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Actions: 
  • Verify no unauthorized system modifications have occurred on system before applying patch.
  • After appropriate testing, immediately apply updates provided by ManageEngine to affected systems.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.
  • Monitor intrusion detection systems for any signs of anomalous activity.
  • Unless required, limit external network access to affected products.