What is Remote Code Execution?
Remote Code Execution (RCE) describes a type of attack in which an attacker is ability to run arbitrary commands or code on a target machine. This vulnerability enables attackers to executive malicious code to take control of affected devices escalated privileges. This type of attack is almost always performed by an automated script and often aims to provide administrative access to attackers. Once a system is compromised, attackers are able to access any information on the compromised network.
How to Recognize This Threat: In most RCE exploits, attackers do their best to hide their presence on the network. Remote Code Execution is often used to gain a foothold from which to launch further attacks.
How to Prevent This Threat: Patching your systems with the latest security updates is key to preventing Remote Code Execution exploits. Because RCE is a broad and flexible class of vulnerability, prevention includes vigilantly fixing holes that allow attackers to gain access to the network.