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Microsoft Exchange – Messageware Q4 2021 Newsletter

It's December, and there is plenty of good news... Microsoft has not released any December Exchange Server CUs or SUs, Messageware Exchange Server Guard now secures more Exchange Servers than ever, and the holiday season is upon us! But while everything feels a little more upbeat this week, the second half of 2021 was undoubtedly challenging, with [...]


Microsoft Exchange Server Security – December 2021 CUs Postponed, Critical SUs Needed

Microsoft announces there is no major CU release for December 2021. Microsoft typically releases Cumulative Updates quarterly for Exchange Server 2019, 2016, and 2013. There have been a number of critical Security Updates since the latest September 2021 CUs: see KB5007409, KB5007012. For convenience, here are direct links to the Microsoft downloads for the latest [...]

Microsoft Exchange Server Security – November 2021 Updates

The November 2021 security updates for Exchange Server address vulnerabilities reported by security partners and found through Microsoft’s internal processes. We are aware of limited targeted attacks in the wild using one of vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-42321), which is a post-authentication vulnerability in Exchange 2016 and 2019. Our recommendation is to install these updates immediately to protect your environment. For convenience, [...]

Microsoft Exchange Server – October 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates

October 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates Microsoft has released security updates for vulnerabilities found in: Exchange Server 2013 CU23 (Exchange 2013 customers might also need to /prepareschema. Please see this post.) Exchange Server 2016 CU21 and CU22 Exchange Server 2019 CU10 and CU11 For full details refer to this article. Summary of updates:   Be sure to visit Messageware Security Products for Microsoft Exchange [...]

Microsoft Exchange – Messageware Q3 2021 Newsletter

This year Hafnium exploited Microsft Exchange vulnerabilities. Other cyberattackers are following suit. But if you're like most organizations, you simply do not have the resources to protect against attackers constantly probing and attempting to access your Exchange Servers. Or do you? Let me explain. Messageware EPG can be your first line of defence against attackers. [...]


Brute Force password attack causes massive Active Directory lockout at hospital

Early in the morning, a sudden spike in calls to the helpdesk for password resets and releases swamped IT-support staff at a hospital network. User accounts were under attack and Active Directory lockouts were spreading fast. Together we installed Messageware Exchange Protocol Guard (EPG) to look in detail at Outlook Web and immediately two things [...]

Notes From the Field: Government agency stolen passwords bypass 2FA Security

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is warning that criminals are looking to exploit the trend toward home office (Coronavirus) to conduct cyberattacks and hacking campaigns. These ‘phishing’ attempts have been seen in several countries and can lead to significant losses: financial, reputational, and sensitive data. And no one is immune —as you'll read [...]

Bots Automatically Target Credit Union’s Exchange Servers With Password Spray Attacks

Exchange Server Hacks: Notes From The Field Cybersecurity is a top concern for everyone in the banking and financial sectors, and credit unions are no exception. The speed at which bots discover and target internet-facing Exchange Servers underscores the need for a variety of security solutions to minimize attack surfaces. In our fifth and final [...]

Microsoft Exchange – Messageware Q2 2021 Newsletter

The first half of 2021 has been a very challenging period for everyone with Microsoft Exchange Servers. Numerous zero-day attacks and hackers adjusting published code to work-around emergency patches stretched messaging team resources to the limit. Of interest during this period was the increased recognition that we want to know more about what is affecting [...]


Exchange Protocol Guard – Software Release – EPG 3.6.1

Software Release - EPG 3.6.1 The following updates are now available now EPG 3.6.1  customers and trial users. Messageware EPG 2019 v3.6.1 Messageware EPG 2016 v3.6.1 Messageware EPG 2013 v3.6.1 Note: Prior to upgrading from 3.5 or earlier, make note of all entries in IP Filtering menu - Allow Lists tab. These IPs will need [...]