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BSI Raises Alarm Over Unpatched Microsoft Exchange Servers in Germany

Over 17,000 Microsoft Exchange servers in Germany are unpatched and vulnerable, raising cybersecurity concerns.

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The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has issued a critical alert concerning the posture of Microsoft Exchange Servers across . The agency has identified over 17,000 instances of the server software that remain vulnerable to at least one critical vulnerability. This figure represents a significant portion of the approximately 45,000 public-facing Exchange Servers operating within the nation. The BSI's findings highlight a concerning level of neglect in maintaining up-to-date security measures, with a notable 37 percent of these servers classified as vulnerable due to being either unsupported or inadequately patched.

Widespread Vulnerability and the Call for Action

An alarming detail in the BSI's report is the continued operation of outdated versions of Exchange Server, such as the 2010 and 2013 editions, which account for 12 percent of the total servers examined. Additionally, about a quarter of the servers, specifically those running Exchange 2016 and 2019, lack crucial security updates. Claudia Plattner, president of the BSI, has expressed grave concerns over this situation, emphasizing the unnecessary risks posed to IT systems, services, and sensitive data. Plattner's statement underscores the imperative need for cybersecurity to be prioritized on organizational agendas and calls for immediate action to address these vulnerabilities.

The Threat Landscape and Mitigation Efforts

The urgency of the BSI's warning is compounded by recent advisories from cybersecurity firms such as Mandiant, which reported active attacks against German political targets by the Russian-affiliated Cozy Bear group. A specific point of concern is the vulnerability identified as CVE-2024-21410, which addressed in a recent patch. However, it remains unclear whether nearly half of Germany's Exchange servers have been updated to mitigate this risk. The BSI is actively engaging with network providers, issuing daily reminders to fortify any systems identified as vulnerable.

The agency warns that the exploitation of these security gaps could severely impact a wide array of institutions, including educational, medical, legal, governmental, and mid-sized businesses. The BSI spokesperson has made it clear that while the responsibility for software quality lies with Microsoft, system administrators must act swiftly and decisively to apply available security patches and protect their networks from potential cyber threats.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.
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