from crisis to control unveiling pam vendor security flaws and a path to resilience

Cyber attackers relentlessly scour online resources for vulnerabilities, particularly within software solutions. Despite the best efforts of dev teams and quality assurance processes, maintaining a defensive edge is a relentless challenge. Unfortunately, vulnerabilities persist, especially in trusted software solutions used by companies as the cornerstone of their cybersecurity posture, such as privileged access management (PAM). When issues are published with essential PAM software, cybersecurity professionals raise concerns as attackers now have exact targets to go after. These weaknesses not only jeopardize data integrity but also chip away at system security, presenting significant challenges for the security of organizations. 

Identifying the PAM vulnerability

Enter a recent, glaring security flaw unearthed by an independent security researcher NVD - CVE-2024-33891 ( within a prominent PAM vendor's product which MITRE has assigned a score of 8.8 HIGH meaning patch immediately. This vulnerability, existing in versions prior to 11.7.000001, allows attackers to sidestep authentication via the SOAP API in SecretServer/webservices/SSWebService.asmx. Exploitation is made possible by a hardcoded key, the use of the integer 2 for the Admin user and the removal of the oauthExpirationId attribute.  

For organizations relying on this compromised PAM solution, this poses a monstrous threat to their security posture. The potential for unauthorized access to sensitive information can result in data breaches, financial losses and damage to reputation. It is imperative for businesses to take swift action to address this vulnerability. 

Navigating back to optimal security 

Amidst this digital battleground, One Identity Privileged Access Management solutions stand out in providing robust security measures. Through products like Safeguard and PAM Essentials, One Identity offers comprehensive PAM solutions to help organizations fortify their defenses and mitigate security risks. 

One of the standout features of One Identity PAM solutions is the ability to enforce strong authentication mechanisms, ensuring that only authorized users can access critical systems and data. By implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) and adaptive authentication policies, organizations can create an additional barrier against attackers, making it significantly harder for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities like CVE-2024-33891. 

Beyond authentication: Achieve comprehensive security 

One Identity PAM solutions provide centralized visibility and control over privileged accounts and access rights. This enables organizations to monitor user activities in real-time, swiftly detect suspicious behavior and respond promptly to security incidents. With granular access controls and privileged session management capabilities, businesses can not only mitigate the impact of potential breaches but also prevent unauthorized access to sensitive resources. 

In addition to these proactive security measures, One Identity offers comprehensive support and guidance to help organizations navigate the complex landscape of cybersecurity threats. From threat intelligence updates to best practice recommendations, One Identity empowers businesses to stay ahead of emerging threats and protect their digital assets effectively. 


While CVE-2024-33891 serves as a stark reminder of the need for robust cybersecurity measures, it also underscores the importance of choosing a provider with a strong legacy in PAM. By leveraging solutions like One Identity Safeguard, organizations can strengthen their defenses against evolving threats and safeguard their most valuable assets. There has never been a better time to take proactive steps to protect your business with a robust PAM solution.  

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