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IBM Aspera Faspex Code Execution Vulnerability

Released: Mar 01, 2023

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

High Severity

IBM Vendor

Vulnerability Type

File transfer software exploited in the wild

IBM Aspera Faspex could allow a remote attacker to execute code on the system, caused by a YAML deserialization flaw. By sending a specially crafted obsolete API call, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system. Learn More »

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures



IBM Aspera Faspex is a centralized transfer solution that enables users to exchange files with each other using an email-like workflow. In the recent weeks, Enterprise file transfer solutions are being targeted by attackers. A vulnerability in another file transfer software, GoAnywhere managed file transfer (MFT) software was also seen being targeted by the attackers. To read the full outbreak report go to https://www.fortiguard.com/outbreak-alert/goanywhere-mft-rce

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Recent news and incidents related to cybersecurity threats encompassing various events such as data breaches, cyber-attacks, security incidents, and vulnerabilities discovered.

January 18, 2023: IBM issued a patch https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/aspera-faspex/4.4?topic=notes-release-aspera-faspex-442

February 21, 2023: CISA added the bug, CVE-2022-47986 to its catalog of known exploited vulnerabilities.

FortiGuard Labs recommends users to update the vulnerable version of IBM Aspera Faspex and apply latest patch as released by the vendor as soon as possible.

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