RIFT: Citrix ADC Vulnerabilities CVE-2020-8193, CVE-2020-8195 and CVE-2020-8196 Intelligence


Citrix disclosed on July 7th, 2020 a number of vulnerabilities in the Application Delivery Controller. This blog is a summary of what we know as the situation develops.

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Timeline of Events

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SANS Reporting

SANS reported on July 9th that they saw initial scanning activity but it was unclear for which vulnerability.

Exploit Development Impact

Public reporting on July 8th, 2020 by Donny Maasland discussed how the vulnerability could be exploited.

As of July 10th, RIFT has confirmed that this vulnerability can be used to extract valid VPN sessions from a vulnerable instance.

Combination of Two Vulnerabilities

Two issues if combined can result in remote compromise, namely:

  • CVE-2020-8193 – an authentication bypass
  • CVE-2020-8195 and CVE-2020-8196 – but at this time unclear which

We have seen these two issues combined:

Volume of Attacks

As of July 11th at midday we see the following volumes of attacks.

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Same Actor/Source – Two Vulnerabilities

We note the following actor was also seen interacting with the previous F5 vulnerability.

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Attempts to Get Passwords, Encrypted LDAP Passwords and also SSL/TLS keys/certs

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A Sigma rule is available.


Based on Rapid7 Opendata from June between 2,500 and 6,000 devices are exposed with 2,527 on port 443. Shodan reports ~6,000 across all ports.

Impact and Advice

NCC Group’s RIFT have been able to achieve compromise in certain, at the moment, esoteric configurations.

Our advice is that patches should be deployed as soon as is possible.

Change Log

July 11th, 2020 @ 14:40 – v1.5 – added timeline graphic
July 11th, 2020 @ 12:25 – v1.4 – added various exploitation attempts and volumes
July 10th, 2020 @ 20:50 – v1.3 – Added exposure volumes
July 10th, 2020 @ 20:35 – v1.2 – Discussed exploit development and impact
July 10th, 2020 @ 20:01 – v1.1 – Sigma added
July 10th, 2020 @ 13:50 – v1.0 – Initial version

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