A research firm has disclosed multiple vulnerabilities in the Remote Desktop Protocol that, if left unpatched, could allow compromised or infected machines to attack the RDP clients that remotely connect to them.

In a blog post today, Check Point Software Technologies researcher Eyal Itkin refers to this scenario as a reverse RDP attack because the RDP servers installed on the compromised machines essentially reverse the normal direction of RDP communication in order to control and execute code on the client device.

Itkin says malicious actors could use this exploit to penetrate and infect organizations' networks, ironically by targeting their IT or security professionals, who often use RDP client devices to temporarily take control of other users' workstations, or to connect with sandboxed virtual machines.

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