The US Cybersecurity (opens in new tab) and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has catalogued some of the most significant vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited in the wild.
The CISA reasons that protecting against all vulnerabilities is a challenging task, considering that over 18,000 vulnerabilities were identified in 2020 alone.
Its new directive (opens in new tab) is designed to help organizations prioritize their limited resources by focusing on remediating the vulnerabilities that have a higher chance of facilitating a damaging intrusion.
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Parsing through the catalog, The Record (opens in new tab) says that it currently lists 306 vulnerabilities (opens in new tab), for products from Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Adobe, Atlassian, IBM, and many other companies.
Surprisingly, some of the catalogued vulnerabilities date back to over a decade, and make it to the list since they are still being exploited in the wild.
The main objective of the directive is to order all US federal agencies to patch affected systems within the specified time frames.
Specifically, the CISA wants that all vulnerabilities disclosed this year to be patched by November 17,2021, while patches for older vulnerabilities can be applied till May 3, 2022.
“These vulnerabilities pose significant risk to agencies and the federal enterprise. It is essential to aggressively remediate known exploited vulnerabilities to protect federal information systems and reduce cyber incidents,” CISA reasons (opens in new tab) in its directive.
Furthermore, CISA Director Jen Easterly tweeted (opens in new tab) that while the agency can only force US federal agencies to take action, it would advise all public and private businesses to act and patch the listed vulnerabilities, since the attackers don’t discriminate between their targets.
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