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We believe security is the responsibility of all technology users, manufacturers, and intermediaries and that collaboration is the only way to achieve long-term change. That’s why we’re committed to openly sharing security information, helping our peers to learn, grow, and develop new capabilities, and supporting each other in raising and addressing issues that affect the cybersecurity community.

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Rapid7 Releases New Industry Cyber-Exposure Report (ICER): Deutsche Börse Prime Standard
Rapid7 just released the third in our Industry Cyber-Exposure Report (ICER) series. We've slimmed down our research and reporting style, and this series focuses on five areas we believe that CISOs at mega-corporations actually have a shot at accomplishing.
Tod Beardsley
Jun 17, 2021
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Akkadian Provisioning Manager Multiple Vulnerabilities Disclosure (Fixed)
Researchers discovered a trio of vulnerabilities in the Akkadian Provisioning Manager version 4.50.18.
Tod Beardsley
Jun 08, 2021
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CVE-2021-3198 and CVE-2021-3540: MobileIron Shell Escape Privilege Escalation Vulnerabilities
Discovered by Rapid7 researcher William Vu, Ivanti MobileIron Core versions 10.7.0.1-9 and 11.0.0.1-3 suffer from 2 restricted-shell escape vulnerabilities.
Tod Beardsley
Jun 02, 2021
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Impact Across Industries
Rapid7 researchers constantly work to uncover unknowns as far as technology reaches.
Consumer Technology
It’s hard to imagine our lives without tech glued to our hands. Reality is, security risks are present in even the most unassuming, commonplace devices. Over the years, our researchers have discovered and made public several critical vulnerabilities capable of compromising your personal data and safety in everything from printers, baby monitors, vehicles, and even children’s toys.
Business Technology
It’s no big secret that security has far-reaching impacts on a business—including on its bottom line. The work of our researchers has helped global organizations secure their internal processes, as well as the safety of the customers who rely on them; these improvements can be seen in medical devices, healthcare software, broadcasting equipment, corporate networks, and more.
Public Infrastructure
While most of us don’t spend our days thinking about critical infrastructure, it’s core to the functioning of our world as we know it. Therefore, as the need to innovate it grows, so does our need to secure it. Given our collective dependency on infrastructure, our researchers make it a priority to investigate how to secure emerging tech like smart sensors, while our Public Policy efforts aim to help governments adopt these innovations securely.

Vulnerability Disclosures

Stay ahead of attackers by keeping up with the latest disclosures. Rapid7 is a CVE Numbering Authority, helping drive industry standards for vuln and exposure identifiers and classification. Learn about our Vulnerability and Disclosure Policy.

CVE-2021-20025: SonicWall Email Security Appliance Backdoor Credential
The virtual, on-premises version of the SonicWall Email Security Appliance ships with an undocumented, static credential, which can be used by an attacker to gain root privileges on the device.
Tod Beardsley
Jun 23, 2021
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Akkadian Provisioning Manager Multiple Vulnerabilities Disclosure (Fixed)
Researchers discovered a trio of vulnerabilities in the Akkadian Provisioning Manager version 4.50.18.
Tod Beardsley
Jun 08, 2021
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CVE-2021-3198 and CVE-2021-3540: MobileIron Shell Escape Privilege Escalation Vulnerabilities
Discovered by Rapid7 researcher William Vu, Ivanti MobileIron Core versions 10.7.0.1-9 and 11.0.0.1-3 suffer from 2 restricted-shell escape vulnerabilities.
Tod Beardsley
Jun 02, 2021
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  • Discovery of internet-facing assets in InsightVM using integration with Project Sonar
  • Identification of weak or distrusted certs using research on SSL certificate ecosystem
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