On Sept. 14, 2021, Microsoft’s Security Response Center (MSRC) released security patches detailing the findings of four critical vulnerabilities affecting the Microsoft Azure package Open Management Infrastructure (OMI). The open-source OMI package is designed to provide a portable infrastructure backbone for web-based management tools, such as diagnostic monitoring, log analytic services and automation functionality within UNIX and Linux systems. OMI is used by Microsoft Azure to manage UNIX packages within Azure virtual machines (VMs), containers and serverless cloud instances. According to Microsoft’s security release notes, any system created, or which has updated its OMI package, after Aug. 11, 2021, should automatically be patched.
Four Critical OMI Vulnerabilities
The four critical vulnerabilities discovered by security researchers from Wiz include one unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) and three privilege escalation vulnerabilities.
Dubbed OMIGOD, the four vulnerabilities were found to directly affect Azure cloud instances using the following Azure services:
Azure Automation Azure Automatic Update Azure Operations Management Suite Azure Log Analytics Azure
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