A Joint Whitepaper from Mandiant and Citrix

Throughout the course of Mandiant’s
Red Team
and Incident
engagements, we frequently identify a wide array of
misconfigured technology solutions, including Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

We often see attackers leveraging stolen credentials from third
parties, accessing Citrix solutions, breaking out of published
applications, accessing the underlying operating systems, and moving
laterally to further compromise the environment. Our experience shows
that attackers are increasingly using Citrix solutions to remotely
access victim environments post-compromise, instead of using
traditional backdoors, remote access tools, or other types of malware.
Using a legitimate means of remote access enables attackers to blend
in with other users and fly under the radar of security monitoring tools.

Citrix provides extensive security hardening guidance and templates
to their customers to mitigate the risk of these types of attacks. The
guidance is contained in product-specific eDocs, Knowledge Base
articles and detailed Common Criteria configurations. System
administrators (a number of them wearing many hats and juggling
multiple projects) may not have the time to review all of the
hardening documentation available, so Mandiant and Citrix teamed up to
provide guidance on the most significant risks posed to Citrix XenApp
and XenDesktop implementations in a single white paper.

This white paper covers risks and official Citrix hardening guidance
for the following topics:

  • Environment and Application Jailbreaking
  • Network
    Boundary Jumping
  • Authentication Weaknesses
  • Authorization Weaknesses
  • Inconsistent Defensive
  • Non-configured or Misconfigured Logging and

The white paper is available here.

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