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[Threat Intelligence Report] Remote Code Execution in Drupal 8 (CVE-2019-6340)


The Imunify360 Threat Intelligence Group are monitoring a remote code execution vulnerability targeting installations of the Drupal CMS. This vulnerability has the identifier CVE-2019-6340. It affects these versions of Drupal:

  • All 8.5.x versions, up to and including 8.5.11
  • All 8.6.x versions, up to and including 8.6.10

Attack Method

Remote code execution vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on a platform, in this case, the Drupal CMS. The code can install other software, gather data for exporting, or permanently delete or modify data without the site owner's knowledge or consent. Attackers deliver malicious PHP payloads using automated scripts. It is this payload we have been tracking.

Attack Frequency

Attacks using the exploit were first detected on 24th February 2019. The number of attacks surged significantly since the first proof of concept became public. The chart below shows the number of blocked attempts over the past 3 days.

Technical Profile

The payload contains the text:


Using this, an attacker can execute the id shell command to get an answer from a vulnerable server.

If you find this next string in your web server log, you may be a victim of this attack:

GET /node/1?_format=hal_json HTTP/1.1 

Attack Response and Remediation

If you are a user of Imunify360, a web application firewall (WAF) blocking rule protects you by detecting and deactivating malicious payloads.

If you do not have an intelligent WAF, you should immediately upgrade your Drupal installation to the latest version. If you cannot, you should disable the REST module in Drupal CMS.

About Imunify360

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