Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Filter by Custom Post Type
Filter by Categories

[CVSS 8+] CISA Alert: Exploited Chromium and Perl Vulnerabilities

Executive Summary

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has recently highlighted two critical exploited vulnerabilities: CVE-2023-7024 and CVE-2023-7101. These vulnerabilities affect a Google Chromium library and a Perl library, both of which are open-source.

CISA added the vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities (KEV) Catalog, giving federal civilian agencies until January 23 to patch them.

Accordingly, It’s vital for users and organisations to promptly update their systems to address these vulnerabilities. This action is key to safeguarding against potential exploits and maintaining robust cybersecurity.


This vulnerability, found in the Google Chromium WebRTC project, affects Google Chrome. With a CVSS score of 8.8, it enables attackers to cause heap corruption through a crafted HTML page. Consequently, the exploit can lead to malicious code execution.

Lionel Litty, chief security architect at Menlo Security, highlighted the concern regarding the bug, stating that it could be used as part of a multi-part attack process. He mentioned that alone, the vulnerability does not allow an attacker to access user files or deploy malware. Furthermore, the attacker’s foothold on the machine is lost when the affected tab is closed. However, Litty emphasised that this vulnerability can be targeted by any website without requiring user input beyond visiting the malicious page. This makes the threat significant and potentially opens the door for targeting other vulnerabilities.

Google has released an emergency security fix for this issue. Accordingly, users and organisations should update their Chrome browsers immediately.


This vulnerability affects the Spreadsheet::ParseExcel Perl module, allowing arbitrary code execution through unvalidated input. The CVSS score for this vulnerability was not available at the time of the article’s writing.

Spreadsheet::ParseExcel is a Perl module for reading data from Excel 95-2003 binary files. It offers capabilities for reading and manipulating data in older Excel file formats, with advanced features for formatting, custom data handling, and optimisation for large files.

An updated version 0.66 of Spreadsheet::ParseExcel, addressing this issue, is available. Accordingly, users and organisations should promptly update.

Please note that this vulnerability posed a significant risk to Barracuda’s Email Security Gateway (ESG) appliances. Barracuda identified it with Mandiant’s help and released updates. Mandiant observed espionage activities by China-based threat actors targeting US and Asia-Pacific IT and government sectors since November 2023.



Cubic Lighthouse is a cybersecurity publication dedicated to demystifying security, making news actionable, providing deeper thinking about the fundamentals of security, and providing decision-makers and the community at large with the right information to make the right decisions. We will also feature more technical articles and provide personal/family security advice.

©2024 Cubic Consulting, a Smart Security Company for your Business – All Rights Reserved.