Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions are essential tools for businesses to securely transfer sensitive data. However, like any software, they can be vulnerable to exploits if not properly managed and secured. Recent incidents, such as the MOVEit exploits, highlight the potential risks associated with these solutions.

Recent CVEs

Several recent Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) related to MFT services include:

  1. CVE-2023-35708: A privilege escalation vulnerability in MOVEit Transfer.
  2. CVE-2023-34362: A remote code execution vulnerability in MOVEit Transfer.
  3. CVE-2023-0669: A vulnerability in Fortra GoAnywhere MFT being exploited in the wild.
  4. CVE-2023-35036, CVE-2023-36934: SQL injection vulnerabilities affecting MOVEit Transfer and MOVEit Cloud.

For a comprehensive list of CVEs, you can visit the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).

Relevant MITRE ATT&CK TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures) include:

B2B File Transfer Applications

Here are some other B2B file transfer applications:

  1. IBM Aspera
  2. Accellion
  3. Citrix ShareFile
  4. Globalscape Enhanced File Transfer
  5. SolarWinds Serv-U MFT
  6. GoAnywhere MFT
  7. Thru MFT
  8. JSCAPE MFT Server
  9. HelpSystems MFT
  10. Axway SecureTransport

Securing MFT Solutions

Securing your MFT solution involves a combination of best practices, including:

  1. Regular Updates and Patching: Ensure that all software, including file transfer tools, are regularly updated and patched. This can help to fix any known vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers.
  2. Use of Encryption: Data should be encrypted both at rest and in transit. This can help to protect sensitive information even if a breach occurs.
  3. Multi-Factor Authentication: Implement multi-factor authentication for all users. This can add an additional layer of security and make it more difficult for attackers to gain unauthorized access.
  4. Least Privilege Principle: Limit user permissions to only what they need to perform their tasks. This can help to minimize the potential damage if an account is compromised.
  5. Regular Security Audits: Conduct regular security audits and vulnerability assessments to identify and address potential security risks.
  6. Network Segmentation: This can help to isolate the file transfer services from other parts of the network, reducing the risk of lateral movement by attackers.
  7. Data Retention Policies: Only retain data as long as required. This can help to minimize the amount of data that could be exposed in a breach.
  8. IP Whitelisting: Limit incoming IP addresses to specific vendor ranges. This can help to prevent unauthorized access.
  9. Monitoring and Anomaly Detection: Regularly monitor usage and implement anomaly detection tools. This can help to quickly identify and respond to any suspicious activity.
  10. Host Isolation: Isolate these hosts to minimize lateral movement. This can help to contain any potential breaches.

For further reading on securing MFT solutions, you can refer to resources such as the NIST Guide to Secure File Transfer and OWASP Secure Coding Practices.

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