Netgear flaws Causing Credential Leak & Privilege Escalation
Netgear, a renowned networking equipment vendor, recently discovered various vulnerabilities in its devices. These flaws have the potential to result in the disclosure of user credentials as well as privilege escalation. The revelation of these vulnerabilities underscores the critical need of cybersecurity in our increasingly digital environment.
Trustwave security experts uncovered the flaws and discovered that various Netgear products were impacted. The Netgear N300 and N600 wireless routers were among them, as were the Netgear R6200, R6250, R6400, R6700, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, and R8000 routers. The flaws were triggered by the usage of a vulnerable version of the Allegro RomPager web server software, which is utilised by a wide range of networking devices.
Because of the vulnerabilities in Netgear equipment, attackers were able to get administrator credentials, granting them access over the vulnerable devices. The flaws might also allow attackers to undertake privilege escalation, giving them even more power over the compromised devices.
CVE-2016-10176 was one of the vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to steal the device’s administrative password. The adoption of a predictable password creation technique produced this vulnerability. Because the algorithm used a fixed seed value, the same password was generated each time. Attackers might take advantage of this by guessing the password and gaining control of the gadget.
Another vulnerability, CVE-2016-582384, allows attackers to escalate privileges. This vulnerability was introduced by the device’s hard-coded password. The password was saved on the device in plain text, making it easy for attackers to access.
The revelation of these vulnerabilities should act as a wake-up call for cybersecurity professionals. It emphasises the necessity of ensuring device security and identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in a timely way. It also emphasises the necessity of educating consumers about the hazards of cyber assaults and ensuring that they take precautions to protect themselves.
Netgear has subsequently issued updates to remedy the flaws. This, however, serves as a reminder that cybersecurity is an ongoing process, and that businesses must remain attentive in order to protect the security of their goods. As the usage of technology grows, it is critical that we all take precautions to safeguard ourselves and our devices against cyber threats.
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Author: Manohar Pattanayak
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