92% of worldwide Microsoft Exchange IPs are now patched or mitigated

Pierluigi Paganini March 24, 2021

Microsoft revealed that 92% of all on-premises Microsoft Exchange servers exposed online affected by the ProxyLogon vulnerabilities are now patched.

On March 2nd, Microsoft released emergency out-of-band security updates that address four zero-day issues collectively tracked as ProxyLogon (CVE-2021-26855, CVE-2021-26857, CVE-2021-26858, and CVE-2021-27065) in all supported Microsoft Exchange versions that are actively exploited in the wild.

At the time of the release of the security patches, experts estimated that a total of 400,000 Internet-connected Microsoft Exchange servers were affected by the ProxyLogon vulnerabilities. A week later, more than 100,000 installs were still unpatched, while on March 14th, the number of unpatched servers was around 82,000.

“To illustrate the scope of this attack and show the progress made in updating systems, we’ve been working with RiskIQ. Based on telemetry from RiskIQ, we saw a total universe of nearly 400,000 Exchange servers on March 1. By March 9 there were a bit more than 100,000 servers still vulnerable.” reads the post published by Microsoft. “That number has been dropping steadily, with only about 82,000 left to be updated. We released one additional set of updates on March 11, and with this, we have released updates covering more than 95% of all versions exposed on the Internet.”

According to data collected by RiskIQ, the number of unpatched systems is less than 30,000, Microsoft also announced that 92% of worldwide Exchange IPs are now patched or mitigated.

Microsoft Exchange trend

Over the last weeks, Microsoft released other security updates, including ProxyLogon patches for unsupported Microsoft Exchange versions and On-premises Mitigation Tool (EOMT) tool to fix ProxyLogon issues.

The IT giant also updated Microsoft Defender Antivirus to protect unpatched Exchange servers from ProxyLogon attacks.​

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, ProxyLogon)

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