Microsoft Exchange Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-16875) Handling Guide

Microsoft Exchange Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-16875) Handling Guide

outubro 7, 2020 | Adeline Zhang

Vulnerability Description

Recently, NSFOCUS detected that security personnel disclosed the procedure for exploiting the Microsoft Exchange Server remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2020-16875) online. The vulnerability was made public by Microsoft in its September 2020 Security Updates. A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Microsoft Exchange Server handles objects in memory. The prerequisite for successfully exploiting the vulnerability is to have user rights that can be authenticated as an Exchange role. An attacker could trigger the vulnerability by sending an email that contains special cmdlet arguments to the affected Exchange server. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could execute arbitrary code with system privileges on the affected system. Users should take preventive measures as soon as possible.

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Scope of Impact

Affected versions

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 16
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 17
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Cumulative Update 5
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Cumulative Update 6
  • Check for the Vulnerability
  • Detection with NSFOCUS Product

NSFOCUS Remote Security Assessment System (RSAS) is capable of scanning and detecting the vulnerability. Please upgrade it to the latest version.

 VersionDownload Link
RSAS V6 system plug-in packageV6.0R02F01.1911

For how to upgrade NSFOCUS RSAS, click the following link:


  • Official Fix

Currently, Microsoft has released security updates to fix the preceding vulnerability in product versions supported by Microsoft. Affected users should apply these updates as soon as possible. These updates are available at the following link:

Note: Windows Update may fail due to network and computer environment problems. Therefore, users are advised to check whether the patches are successfully updated immediately after installation.

Please right-click the Windows icon, select Settings (N), choose System and Security > Windows Update, and view the prompt message on the page. Alternatively, please view historical updates by clicking the View update history button.

If some updates cannot be successfully installed, please click the update names to jump to Microsoft’s download page. Users are advised to click the links on the page to visit the “Microsoft Update Catalog” website to download and install independent packages.


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