As you have heard for sure, Microsoft found, and released fixes for, serious vulnerabilities, which allow for Elevation of Privilege (EoP) and unauthenticated Remote Code Execution (RCE) attacks in the Open Management Infrastructure (OMI).
These vulnerabilities are deeply explained in the Microsoft Security Response Center bulletin that can be found at https://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/2021/09/16/additional-guidance-regarding-omi-vulnerabilities-within-azure-vm-management-extensions/ .
According to the bulletin the affected objects are the Linux-based virtual machine (Azure and non-Azure) which use OMI for monitoring and management purposes. For instance, if you’re using Azure Monitor or System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to monitor the health and performance of your workloads running on Linux, you might be impacted since the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) uses OMI behind the scenes.
As reported in the bulletin, there are several methods to identify the affected virtual machines. I just want to add another one that can be immediately used by customers which have Azure Monitor in place.
What am I talking about here? A simple Azure Monitor Workbook. The workbook, called OMI Vulnerabilities – Rapid Check, verifies if any among the monitoring extension, monitoring agent, Linux Diagnostic extension or Desired State Configuration extension in use is vulnerable. If you’re using the Change Tracking and Inventory solution, this workbook will also check the version of the OMI software, letting you know if it is vulnerable or not.
Below you can see the sample screenshots taken from my lab. When consuming the workbook, all you have to do is to set the parameters (Subscription, Workspaces and TimeRange)
It is organized in 2 tabs: one tab for the Azure Virtual Machines and one tab for non-Azure Virtual Machines. Just to be clear with the term non-Azure, we refer to any on-premises physical or virtual machine and to 3rd party cloud virtual machines.
In the 1st tab you will see the status of the following:
- Linux Azure VMs with OmsAgentForLinux extension
- Linux Azure VMs with OmsAgentForLinux agent
- Linux Azure VMs with LinuxDiagnostic (LAD) extension
- Linux Azure VMs with DSCForLinux (DSC) extension
In the 2nd tab instead, you will get the information about the following:
- Linux non-Azure VMs with OmsAgentForLinux agent
In any tile, there is a column called Details, containing a link that opens a new blade on the right-side. This blade shows additional data which can help in further analysis like the operating system name and version:
The complete workbook can be found attached to this post (rename it to .json before use). Since it uses parameters, you can import it and use it in any environment just by configuring the parameters accordingly.
Should you need help on how to import Azure Monitor workbooks, you can refer to a blogpost of a colleague of mine (credits to Billy York) that can be found https://www.cloudsma.com/2020/11/import-azure-monitor-workbooks/.
As I always recommend and stress on, don’t forget to TEST, TEST and TEST
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