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Critical MOVEit Flaw CVE-2024-5806: Key Details

By Luke Turvey

Last updated 28 June 2024

Progress Software's MOVEit Transfer, a widely used managed file transfer solution, has recently been found to contain a critical security vulnerability.

This blog post will explore the details of CVE-2024-5806, its potential impact, and crucial steps for remediation.

Understanding the Critical Security Flaw

CVE-2024-5806 is an authentication bypass vulnerability affecting the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) module in MOVEit Transfer.

In simple terms, this flaw could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to the system without proper authentication, potentially compromising sensitive data transferred through the platform.

The vulnerability impacts multiple versions of MOVEit Transfer:

  • Versions from 2023.0.0 before 2023.0.11

  • Versions from 2023.1.0 before 2023.1.6

  • Versions from 2024.0.0 before 2024.0.2

Potential Impact on Organizations

Given the critical nature of managed file transfer systems in many organizations, the implications of this vulnerability are significant:

  • Data breaches: Unauthorized access could lead to theft of sensitive information

  • Compliance violations: Compromised systems may result in regulatory non-compliance

  • Reputational damage: Security incidents can erode customer trust and damage brand reputation

Key Steps for Remediation

To address this critical security flaw, organizations using MOVEit Transfer should take immediate action:

  1. Upgrade to patched versions:
    • Version 2023.0.11 (for 2023.0.x installations)
    • Version 2023.1.6 (for 2023.1.x installations)
    • Version 2024.0.2 (for 2024.0.x installations)

  2. Use the full installer: Progress Software emphasizes that the full installer must be used when upgrading to ensure complete remediation.

  3. Plan for system downtime: Be aware that there will be a system outage while the upgrade is running.

  4. Verify successful patching: After upgrading, confirm that the installation was successful and the system is running the patched version.

Additional Security Measures

Beyond patching, consider implementing these additional security measures:

  • Implement strong access controls and multi-factor authentication

  • Regularly audit user accounts and permissions

  • Monitor system logs for any suspicious activity

  • Keep all components of your MOVEit Transfer environment up-to-date

Additional expenses may include study materials, training courses, and renewal fees. Some employers offer reimbursement for certification costs, recognizing their value to the organization.


The discovery of this critical security flaw in MOVEit Transfer underscores the importance of staying vigilant and promptly addressing vulnerabilities in essential business systems.

By taking swift action to apply the necessary patches and implementing robust security practices, organizations can mitigate the risks associated with CVE-2024-5806 and protect their valuable data assets.

Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing process. Regularly review and update your security measures to stay ahead of emerging threats and keep your MOVEit Transfer environment secure.

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