FILE PHOTO: A man is holding a laptop while cyber code is projected onto him in this illustration image dated 13 May 2017. REUTERS / Kacper Pempel / File Photo
FRANKFURT: Germany’s federal supervisory authority for cybersecurity, the BSI, issued the highest red alert on Saturday (December 11th) for faulty, widespread software that states that it is « extremely critical Threat « for web servers.
A vulnerability in a Java-based library called Log4j could be exploited to enable a complete takeover of the affected system, the BSI announced in a statement on its website.
» The reason for this assessment is the very widespread use of the affected product and the associated impact on countless other products. The vulnerability is also easy to exploit and a proof-of-concept is publicly available, « says the BSI.
» The BSI is aware of global and Germany-wide mass scans and compromise attempts. The first successful compromises are also reported publicly ”, it continues.
Although there is a security update for Log4j, all products that use it must also be adapted, announced the BSI and recommended companies and organizations that work in implement the measures described in the cyber security warning.
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