Hackers exploit Cacti critical bug to install malware, open reverse shells

More than 1,600 instances of the Cacti device monitoring tool reachable over the internet are vulnerable to a critical security issue that hackers have already started to exploit.

Cacti is an operational and fault management monitoring solution for network devices that also provides graphical visualization. There are thousands of instances deployed across the world exposed on the web.

In early December 2022, a security advisory warned of a critical command injection vulnerability (tracked as CVE-2022-46169, severity rating 9.8 out of 10) in Cacti that could be exploited without authentication.

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Source: Bleeping Computer