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    NetScaler WAF Signatures Update v118


    NetScaler has released a new version of its integrated Web App Firewall signatures to help customers mitigate several CVEs with variable CVSS.

    The most critical is CVE-2023-22518, an improper authorisation vulnerability in the setup-restore endpoints of Atlassian Confluence Data Center and Server. This vulnerability allows an unauthenticated attacker to reset Confluence and create a Confluence instance administrator account. All versions of Confluence Data Center and Server are affected by this vulnerability. As part of Atlassian’s ongoing monitoring of this CVE, they observed publicly posted critical information about the vulnerability, increasing the risk of exploitation. There are still no reports of an active exploit, though customers must take immediate action to protect their instances.

     Signatures included in v118:


    CVE ID




    WEB-MISC Jupyter Server Prior to 2.7.2 - Open Redirect Vulnerability (CVE-2023-39968)



    WEB-MISC Zoho ManageEngine ADManager Plus Prior to 7200 - Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2023-38743)



    WEB-MISC Confluence Data Center and Server Multiple Versions - Improper Authorization Vulnerability (CVE-2023-22518)



    WEB-MISC VMware Aria Operations for Networks - Arbitrary File Write Vulnerability (CVE-2023-20890)



    WEB-MISC VMware Aria Operations for Networks - Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2023-20889)



    WEB-MISC Cisco IOS XE Software - Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2023-20273)


    NetScaler customers can quickly import the above signatures to help reduce risk and lower exposure associated with these vulnerabilities. Signatures are compatible with NetScaler (formerly Citrix ADC) software version 11.1, 12.0, 12.1, 13.0 and 13.1. NOTE: Software versions 11.1 and 12.0 are end of life, and you should consider upgrading for continued support. Learn more about the NetScaler software release lifecycle.


    If you are already using NetScaler Web App Firewall with the signature auto-update feature enabled, verify that your signature file version is 118 or later and then follow these steps.

    1. Search your signatures for <number>
    2. Select the results with ID 
    3. Choose “Enable Rules” and click OK


    NetScaler WAF Best Practices

    NetScaler recommends that WAF users always download the latest signature version, enable signature auto-update, and subscribe to receive signature alert notifications. NetScaler will continue to monitor this dynamic situation and provide updates as new mitigations become available.


    Handling false positives

    If app availability is affected by false positives that result from the above mitigation policies, relaxations can be applied. NetScaler recommends the following modifications to the policy.


    Modifications to NetScaler Web App Firewall Policy:

    add policy patset exception_list

    # (Example: bind policy patset exception_list “/exception_url”) 

    Prepend the existing WAF policy with:


    # (Example :  set appfw policy my_WAF_policy q^HTTP.REQ.URL.CONTAINS_ANY(“exception_list”).NOT && <existing rule>^

    NOTE: Any endpoint covered by the exception_list may expose those assets to risks 

    Additional Information

    NetScaler Web App Firewall benefits from a single code base across all its form-factors (physical, virtual, bare-metal, and containers). This signature update applies to all form factors and deployment models of NetScaler Web App Firewall.

    Learn more about NetScaler Web app Firewall, read our alert articles and bot signature articles to learn more about NetScaler WAF signatures, and find out how you can receive signature alert notifications.

    Please join the NetScaler Community today and engage with your peers to learn more about how they are protecting their businesses with NetScaler WAF. 






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