On December 17, 2019, Citrix reported vulnerability CVE-2019-19781. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to perform arbitrary code execution. This vulnerability has been detected in exploits in the wild.
The vulnerability affects the following appliances:
- Citrix NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway version 10.5 – all supported builds
- Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway version 11.1 – all supported builds before 126.96.36.199
- Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway version 12.0 – all supported builds before 188.8.131.52
- Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway version 12.1 – all supported builds
- Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 13.0 – all supported builds
- Citrix SD-WAN WANOP firmware and appliance models 4000, 4100, 5000, and 5100 – all supported builds. (Citrix SD-WAN WANOP is vulnerable because it packages Citrix ADC as a load balancer).
CISA strongly recommends users and administrators update Citrix ADC, Citrix Gateway, and Citrix SD-WAN WANOP once the appropriate firmware updates become available.
Until the appropriate update is accessible, users and administrators should apply Citrix’s interim mitigation steps for CVE-2019-19781. Verify the successful application of the above mitigations by using the tool in CTX269180 – CVE-2019-19781 – Verification ToolTest.
Note: these mitigation steps apply to Citrix ADC and SD-WAN WANOP deployments.
Refer to table 1 for Citrix’s planned fix schedule.
Table 1. Fix schedule for Citrix appliances vulnerable to CVE-2019-19781
|Vulnerable Appliance||Firmware Update||Release Date|
|Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 10.5||Refresh Build 10.5.70.x||January 24, 2020 (Expected)|
|Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 11.1||Refresh Build 184.108.40.206||January 19, 2020|
|Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 12.0||Refresh Build 220.127.116.11||January 19, 2020|
|Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 12.1||Refresh Build 12.1.55.x||January 24, 2020 (Expected)|
|Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway version 13.0||Refresh Build 13.0.47.x||January 24, 2020 (Expected)|
|Citrix SD-WAN WANOP Release 10.2.6||Citrix ADC Release 18.104.22.1685||January 24, 2020 (Expected)|
|Citrix SD-WAN WANOP Release 11.0.3||Citrix ADC Release 22.214.171.1245||January 24, 2020 (Expected)|
Administrators should review NSA’s Citrix Advisory for other mitigations, such as applying the following defense-in-depth strategy:
“Consider deploying a VPN capability using standardized protocols, preferably ones listed on the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Product Compliant List (PCL), in front of publicly accessible Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway appliances to require user authentication for the VPN before being able to reach these appliances. Use of a proprietary SSLVPN/TLSVPN is discouraged.”
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