On Friday, May 12, 2017, a series of broad attacks began that spread the latest version of the WanaCrypt0r ransomware. These attacks, also referred to as WannaCrypt or WannaCry, reportedly impacted systems of public and private organizations worldwide. Our Next-Generation Security Platform automatically created, delivered and enforced protections from this attack.
How the Attack Works
While the initial infection vector for WanaCrypt0r is unclear, it is certain that once inside the network, it attempts to spread to other hosts using the SMB protocol by exploiting the EternalBlue vulnerability (CVE-2017-0144) on Microsoft Windows systems. This vulnerability was publicly disclosed by the Shadow Brokers group in April 2017, and was addressed by Microsoft in March 2017 with MS17-010.
Microsoft published a post on protections from the WanaCrypt0r attacks here, and has taken the step of providing patches for versions of Windows software that are no longer supported, including Windows XP. Organizations that have applied the MS17-010 update are not at risk for the spread of WanaCrypt0r across the network, but given it addresses a remotely exploitable vulnerability in a networking component that is now under active attack, we strongly urge making deployment of this security update a priority.
Palo Alto Networks customers are protected through our Next-Generation Security Platform, which employs a prevention-based approach that automatically stops threats across the attack lifecycle. Palo Alto Networks customers are protected from WanaCrypt0r ransomware through multiple complementary prevention controls across our Next-Generation Security Platform, including:
For best practices on preventing ransomware with the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, please refer to our Knowledge Base article. We strongly recommend that all Windows users ensure they have the latest patches made available by Microsoft installed, including versions of software that have reached end-of-life support.
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