VMWare Confirms Workspace One Exploits in the Wild

Less than a week after patching critical security defects affecting multiple enterprise-facing products, VMWare is warning that one of the flaws is being exploited in the wild.

VMWare updated a security bulletin issued on April 4 to add a single line: “VMware has confirmed that exploitation of CVE-2022-22954 has occurred in the wild.”

The update adds to the urgency for organizations to apply patches and mitigations to say ahead of attackers.  VMWare products have become a common target for nation-state APT actors and ransomware criminals.

The company did not share any additional details or indicators of compromise (IOCs) to help defenders hunt for signs of infections.

The VMWare vulnerability, described as a server-side template injection remote code execution vulnerability, was reported by a researcher attached to Chinese firm Qihoo 360.

It affects the VMware Workspace ONE Access and Identity Manager and carries a “critical” severity rating with a CVSS v3 score of 9.8.  

“A malicious actor with network access can trigger a server-side template injection that may result in remote code execution,” the company warned in the advisory.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a journalist and cybersecurity strategist with more than 20 years experience covering IT security and technology trends.
Ryan has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and Kaspersky GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan’s career as a journalist includes bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive’s ZDNet, PCMag and PC World.
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