Sharepoint vulnerability exploited in the wild

March 26, 2020  |  Chris Doman

The CVE-2019-0604 (Sharepoint) exploit and what you need to know

AT&T Alien Labs has seen a number of reports of active exploitation of a vulnerability in Microsoft Sharepoint (CVE-2019-0604).

One report by the Saudi Cyber Security Centre appears to be primarily targeted at organisations within the kingdom.

An earlier report by the Canadian Cyber Security Centre identified similar deployment of the tiny China Chopper web-shell to gain an initial foothold.

AT&T Alien Labs has identified malware that is likely an earlier version of the second-stage malware deployed in the Saudi Intrusions:

This malware sample was shared by a target in China. The malware receives commands encrypted with AES at http://$SERVER/Temporary_Listen_Addresses/SMSSERVICE - and has the ability to:

  • Execute commands; and
  • Download and upload files

It’s likely multiple attackers are now using the exploit. One user on Twitter has reported that they have seen exploitation from the IP address 194.36.189[.]177 - which we have also seen acting as a command and control server for malware linked to FIN7.

A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.



alert http $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"AV TROJAN Neptune Backdoor WSMAN Inbound Access"; flow:established,to_server; content:"/TEMPORARY_LISTEN_ADDRESSES/WSMAN"; http_uri; nocase; content:"|0d 0a|Cookie\: "; nocase; content:"_REGUESTGUID"; sid:1111111111; rev:1;)

alert http $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"AV TROJAN Neptune Backdoor SMSSERVICE Inbound Access"; flow:established,to_server; content:"/TEMPORARY_LISTEN_ADDRESSES/SMSSERVICE"; http_uri; nocase; sid:1111111112; rev:1;)

alert http $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET any (msg:"AV EXPLOIT SharePoint Picker.aspx RCE (CVE-2019-0604)"; flow:established,to_server; content:"POST"; http_method; content:"Picker.aspx?"; http_uri; content:"PickerDialogType=Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls.ItemPickerDialog"; fast_pattern; http_uri; distance:0; content:"ctl00$PlaceHolderDialogBodySection$ctl05$hiddenSpanData"; http_client_body; pcre:"/((?!\x0d\x0a)[\W\w])*Diag\x3aProcess/PRi"; content:"Diag|3a|Process"; distance:0; reference:url,; reference:cve,2019-0604; classtype:attempted-admin; sid:1111111114; rev:1;)

Yara Rules

import "dotnet"

rule NetptuneMAPIBackdoor {


type = "malware"

description = "NetptuneMAPIBackdoor"

author = ""

reference1 = ""

reference2= ""


$pdb = "SmsServiceServerTest.pdb"

$key = "2E4B7C022329E5C21E47D55E8916F6AF852AABBBD1798F9E16985F22A8056646"

$st2 = "CampaignData"

$st3 = "campaiginData"

$st4 = "HttpBindingBase"

$st5 = "set_UseShellExecute"

$st6 = "sendSMSFlash"

$st7 = "not uploaded" wide ascii


uint16(0) == 0x5A4D and

((dotnet.typelib == "a7d94843-0bdf-4675-9735-bf75857331fb" and

dotnet.guids[0] == "2945c3c4-1b62-4cfc-b902-1f639fa79fc5") or

$pdb or $key or all of ($st*))


rule alienvault_webshells_asp : Webshells



author = "AlienVault Labs"

info = "Generic detections for possible PHP Web-Shells"


$sa = "<%eval request(" nocase wide ascii

$sb = "Server.CreateObject(\"WSCRIPT.SHELL\")" nocase wide ascii

$sc = "Eval(Request(" nocase wide ascii

$sd = "ExecuteGlobal(StrReverse" nocase wide ascii

$se = "<%eval(Request.Item[" nocase wide ascii


any of them


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