Lesson learned: Failure to patch led to password leak of 900 VPN enterprise servers

Inside the heavily secured Equinix data center are rows upon rows of servers that are kept behind locked cages. Hackers exploited an unpatched vulnerability to leak credentials for 900 Pulse Secure VPNs.
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Applying a security update to a CVE released more than a year ago could have prevented a hacker from publishing plaintext usernames and passwords, as well as IP addresses, for more than 900 Pulse Secure VPN enterprise servers.

“The lesson here? Patch, patch, patch,” said Laurence Pitt, global security strategy director at Juniper Networks. “The fact that this vulnerability allowed for username/cleartext password combinations to be exposed is bad enough, but what makes it unacceptable is that this was reported in a CVE, released over a year ago and fixed in a later version of the product.”

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