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Wagamama-0678 asked KyleXu-MSFT commented

Are Exchange Tool Machines Vulnerable to Hafnium Exploit?

We have some Exchange Tools machines that have an CU on them. Unfortunately we cannot install a newer CU on them due to some software dependencies.

Are these machines vulnerable to the Hafnium exploits? There are no Exchange Services running on them at all and there is nothing listening on port 443 and the only website on port 80 is the default website which was created by the tools installation.

I understand there may be vulnerable files on there, I get it. But with the absence of Exchange Services running on these machines, do we have any concerns with the Hafnium Exploit where these machines are involved?

Thanks!

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AndyDavid answered

No, if its JUST the Exchange tools, then you dont need to patch as there are none of the exploited virtual dirs are installed and the tools essentially use remoting to connect to the actual Exchange Servers. If anything you probably do not need to have the tools installed there at all really, but nonetheless, Exchange isnt "running" there.


I'd still ensure there is anti-malware on them and ensure its not exposed to the internet of course :)

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@Wagamama-0678

Exchange Tool is a remote control tool which doesn't hosted services, so it doesn't effected by Hafnium.

I also test in my lab, we could use different CU for Exchange server and Exchange management tool:(The management tool is CU 18, the Exchange server is CU 20)
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There doesn't exist issue with them. So, you can update Exchange server to the lasted CU without updating the Exchange tool machines.


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thats not always true though. Sometimes if there is a mismatch of CUs ,the tools wont work.

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