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Old 09-03-2021, 17:10   #1
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Exchange Compromised

Anyone else been bitten by the Exchange vulnerabilities (all versions, by the looks of it).

I moved away from being an IT manager to a simple developer, so have missed (not really) these types of headaches (which I assume will only get worse) but this one has bitten us hard.

Seems our Exchange server was compromised, so we went to a backup, patched it, got blue screens, got past all that, tried to restore the database, got errors, didn't mount, etc, etc. Our support guys were up to 2am fighting with it, got it up, only for more random files to start appearing, indicating it was compromised again. Its been down most of the day while they run around with their hair on fire, etc.

Just curious to know if we were just unlucky, or other people have been similarly fighting with it. Guess its more of a reason to move 'to the cloud', and not have something the company heavily relies on go down so easily. (On-site Exchange has always been the 'cost effective' method of email...)

Apparently while our Exchange is offline and getting rebuilt, the firewall is getting hammered with 'suspicious' traffic...
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Old 10-03-2021, 11:17   #2
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cheers for the heads up. Some furious patching now going on....
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Check your server religiously. And I mean, closely. We restored to an older backup, and within minutes, weird things were happening. Well, I say 'we', but I was just watching the chatter on Teams. Twas frantic.
There are numerous Microsoft tools to check for compromises, and DON'T rely on installed AV to help - apparently this walks past a fair bunch of them.

Hope it goes smoothly for you.

Also check SQL Servers, as this seems to move laterally to these boxes. Unsure of the meaty details, but these seemed vulnerable too.

Think we've blocked a lot of non-VPN traffic to our Exchange now, but this has upset the 'I want emails on my iPhone' brigade.

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Old 10-03-2021, 12:08   #4
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Some people are advising complete server and database rebuilds.. as you can't know what other changes have been made.

We've been using exchange online since 2015. Not sure how many users you have but I'd imagine it's significantly cheaper than running your own hardware, exchange online plan 1 (if you didn't want to go full office 365) licence is Ł3 per user per month. That's minimum you need and you get the full admin centre etc. You'll probably need some E3 or E5 IT administrators. Plus Azure AD Connect etc to sync AD users with Azure Ad. There are no (exchange) patches or resources required, 50GB mailbox per user. However we use another service in front on exchange as an email, spam, archiving gateway.

I should say I am not a Microsoft reseller lol!... Microsoft are obliviously milking this (ironically their own failures) here in all their messaging.

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