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NDES Security Best Practices

Hi, I am Dagmar, working for the Microsoft Compromise Recovery Security Practice team. As NDES (Network Device Enrollment Server) – if misconfigured or not secured and hardened properly – can be a door opener for the compromise of an Active ... continue reading
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A deep-dive into the SolarWinds Serv-U SSH vulnerability

Several weeks ago, Microsoft detected a 0-day remote code execution exploit being used to attack the SolarWinds Serv-U FTP software in limited and targeted attacks. The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) attributed the attack with high confidence to DEV-0322, a ... continue reading
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New Features of Windows Server 2022 Failover Clustering

Greetings again Windows Server and Failover Cluster fans!!  John Marlin here and I own the Failover Clustering feature within the Microsoft product team.  In this blog, I will be giving an overview of the new features in Windows Server 2022 ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2022 is full of new file services!

Heya folks, Ned here again. As you’ve heard by now, Windows Server 2022 is available and supported for production deployments. This new OS brings many new features around security, storage, networking, web, containers, applications, virtualization, edge, and Azure hybrid. Today ... continue reading
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Configure SMB Signing with Confidence

Heya folks, Ned here again. Many years ago, we made configuring SMB signing in Windows pretty complicated. Then, years later, we made it even more complicated in an attempt to be less complicated. Today I'm here to explain the SMB ... continue reading
Protecting customers from a private-sector offensive actor using 0-day exploits and DevilsTongue malware

Protecting customers from a private-sector offensive actor using 0-day exploits and DevilsTongue malware

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) alongside the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) has uncovered a private-sector offensive actor, or PSOA, that we are calling SOURGUM in possession of now-patched, Windows 0-day exploits (CVE-2021-31979 and CVE-2021-33771). Private-sector offensive actors are ... continue reading
Breaking down NOBELIUM’s latest early-stage toolset

Breaking down NOBELIUM’s latest early-stage toolset

As we reported in earlier blog posts, the threat actor NOBELIUM recently intensified an email-based attack that it has been operating and evolving since early 2021. We continue to monitor this active attack and intend to post additional details as ... continue reading
GoldMax, GoldFinder, and Sibot: Analyzing NOBELIUM’s layered persistence

GoldMax, GoldFinder, and Sibot: Analyzing NOBELIUM’s layered persistence

Microsoft continues to work with partners and customers to expand our knowledge of the threat actor behind the nation-state cyberattacks that compromised the supply chain of SolarWinds and impacted multiple other organizations. As we have shared previously, we have observed ... continue reading
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Deep dive into the Solorigate second-stage activation: From SUNBURST to TEARDROP and Raindrop

More than a month into the discovery of Solorigate, investigations continue to unearth new details that prove it is one of the most sophisticated and protracted intrusion attacks of the decade. Our continued analysis of threat data shows that the ... continue reading
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Decrypting the Selection of Supported Kerberos Encryption Types

In recent months Microsoft support has received a lot of questions regarding disabling RC4 for the encryption of Kerberos tickets.  If I had to guess the CIS L1 Baseline and RFC 8429 guidance to disable RC4 is responsible for much ... continue reading