China-linked Hackers Targeting Unpatched SonicWall SMA Devices with Malware


A suspecting China-linked hacking campaign has been observed targeting unpatched SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 appliances to drop malware and establish long-term persistence.

“The malware has functionality to steal user credentials, provide shell access, and persist through firmware upgrades,” cybersecurity company Mandiant said in a technical report published this week.

The Google-owned incident response and threat intelligence firm is tracking the activity under its uncategorized moniker UNC4540.

The malware – a collection of bash scripts and a single ELF binary identified as a TinyShell backdoor – is engineered to grant the attacker privileged access to SonicWall devices.