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Some D-Link and Comba WiFi Routers Leak Their Passwords in Plaintext

Some D-Link and Comba WiFi Routers Leak Their Passwords in Plaintext
September 10, 2019Swati Khandelwal
What could be worse than your router leaking its administrative login credentials in plaintext? Cybersecurity researchers from Trustwave's SpiderLabs have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in some router models from two popular manufacturers—D-Link and Comba Telecom—that involve insecure storage of credentials, potentially affecting every user and system on that network. Researcher Simon Kenin told The Hacker News that he discovered a total of five vulnerabilities—two in a D-Link DSL modem typically installed to connect a home network to an ISP, and three in multiple Comba Telecom WiFi devices. These flaws could potentially allow attackers to change your device settings, extract sensitive information, perform MitM attacks, redirect you to phishing or malicious sites and launch many more types of attacks. "Since your router is the gateway in and out of your entire network it can potentially affect every user and system on that network. An attacker-controlled

D-Link Agrees to 10 Years of Security Audits to Settle FTC Charges

D-Link Agrees to 10 Years of Security Audits to Settle FTC Charges
July 03, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Taiwanese networking equipment manufacturer D-Link has agreed to implement a "comprehensive software security program" in order to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit alleging that the company didn't take adequate steps to protect its consumers from hackers. Your wireless router is the first line of defense against potential threats on the Internet. However, sadly, most widely-used routers fail to offer necessary security features and have often found vulnerable to serious security flaws, eventually enabling remote attackers to unauthorizedly access networks and compromise the security of other devices connected to it. In recent years, the security of wireless networks has been more of a hot topic due to cyber attacks, as well as has gained headlines after the discovery of critical vulnerabilities—such as authentication bypass , remote code execution , hard-coded login credentials , and information disclosure—in routers manufactured by various brands.

Destructive and MiTM Capabilities of VPNFilter Malware Revealed

Destructive and MiTM Capabilities of VPNFilter Malware Revealed
June 06, 2018Swati Khandelwal
It turns out that the threat of the massive VPNFilter botnet malware that was discovered late last month is beyond what we initially thought. Security researchers from Cisco's Talos cyber intelligence have today uncovered more details about VPNFilter malware, an advanced piece of IoT botnet malware that infected more than 500,000 routers in at least 54 countries, allowing attackers to spy on users, as well as conduct destructive cyber operations. Initially, it was believed that the malware targets routers and network-attached storage from Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, and TP-Link, but a more in-depth analysis conducted by researchers reveals that the VPNFilter also hacks devices manufactured by ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, QNAP, UPVEL, and ZTE. "First, we have determined that are being targeted by this actor, including some from vendors that are new to the target list. These new vendors are. New devices were also discovered from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-L

D-Link MEA Site Caught Running Cryptocurrency Mining Script—Or Was It Hacked?

D-Link MEA Site Caught Running Cryptocurrency Mining Script—Or Was It Hacked?
November 01, 2017Wang Wei
Last month the popular torrent website The Pirate Bay caused some uproar by adding a Javascript-based cryptocurrency miner to its site with no opt-out option, utilizing visitors' CPU power to mine Monero coins in an attempt to gain an extra source of revenue. Now D-Link has been caught doing the same, although there's high chance that its website has been hacked. D-Link's official website for Middle East (www.dlinkmea.com) has been found secretly adding a JavaScript-based cryptocurrency miner, according to a blog post published by security firm Seekurity on Tuesday. Seekurity team was made aware of the issue after Facebook user Ahmed Samir reported that visiting on D-Link Middle East website caused his web browser utilizing a "super high CPU" power usage. As shown in the screenshot below, a separate domain was loaded using a hidden iFrame for each page view, which included the cryptocurrency mining script. Five days after Seekurity team reported th

Researcher Discloses 10 Zero-Day Flaws in D-Link 850L Wireless Routers

Researcher Discloses 10 Zero-Day Flaws in D-Link 850L Wireless Routers
September 11, 2017Swati Khandelwal
A security researcher has discovered not one or two but a total of ten critical zero-day vulnerabilities in routers from Taiwan-based networking equipment manufacturer D-Link which leave users open to cyber attacks. D-Link DIR 850L wireless AC1200 dual-band gigabit cloud routers are vulnerable to 10 security issues, including "several trivial" cross-site scripting (XSS) flaws, lack of proper firmware protection, backdoor access, and command injection attacks resulting in root access. If successfully exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow hackers to intercept connection, upload malicious firmware, and get root privileges, enabling them to remotely hijack and control affected routers, as well as network, leaving all connected devices vulnerable to cyber attacks as well. These zero-day vulnerabilities were discovered by Pierre Kim —the same security researcher who last year discovered and reported multiple severe flaws in D-Link DWR-932B LTE router, but the company

FTC Sues D-Link Over Failure to Secure Its Routers and IP Cameras from Hackers

FTC Sues D-Link Over Failure to Secure Its Routers and IP Cameras from Hackers
January 06, 2017Wang Wei
Image Source: Book - Protect Your Windows Network from Perimeter to Data The United States' trade watchdog has sued Taiwan-based D-link, alleging that the lax security left its products vulnerable to hackers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit ( pdf ) against D-Link on Thursday, arguing that the company failed to implement necessary security protection in its routers and Internet-connected security cameras that left "thousands of consumers at risk" to hacking attacks. The move comes as cyber criminals have been hijacking poorly secured internet-connected devices to launch massive DDoS attacks that can force major websites offline. Over two months back, a nasty IoT botnet, known as Mirai, been found infecting routers, webcams, and DVRs built with weak default passwords and then using them to DDoS major internet services. The popular Dyn DNS provider was one of the victims of Mirai-based attack that knocked down the whole internet for many users

DNSChanger Malware is Back! Hijacking Routers to Target Every Connected Device

DNSChanger Malware is Back! Hijacking Routers to Target Every Connected Device
December 17, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Next time when you see an advertisement of your favorite pair of shoes on any website, even if it is legitimate, just DO NOT CLICK ON IT. …Because that advertising could infect you in such a way that not just your system, but every device connected to your network would get affected. A few days ago, we reported about a new exploit kit, dubbed Stegano , that hides malicious code in the pixels of banner advertisements rotating on several high profile news websites. Now, researchers have discovered that attackers are targeting online users with an exploit kit called DNSChanger that is being distributed via advertisements that hide malicious code in image data. Remember DNSChanger? Yes, the same malware that infected millions of computers across the world in 2012. DNSChanger works by changing DNS server entries in infected computers to point to malicious servers under the control of the attackers, rather than the DNS servers provided by any ISP or organization. So, wheneve

Multiple Backdoors found in D-Link DWR-932 B LTE Router

Multiple Backdoors found in D-Link DWR-932 B LTE Router
September 29, 2016Swati Khandelwal
If you own a D-Link wireless router, especially DWR-932 B LTE router , you should get rid of it, rather than wait for a firmware upgrade that never lands soon. D-Link DWR-932B LTE router is allegedly vulnerable to over 20 issues, including backdoor accounts, default credentials, leaky credentials, firmware upgrade vulnerabilities and insecure UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) configuration. If successfully exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow attackers to remotely hijack and control your router, as well as network, leaving all connected devices vulnerable to man-in-the-middle and DNS poisoning attacks. Moreover, your hacked router can be easily abused by cybercriminals to launch massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, as the Internet has recently witnessed record-breaking 1 Tbps DDoS attack that was launched using more than 150,000 hacked Internet-connected smart devices. Security researcher Pierre Kim has discovered  multiple vulnerabilities in the D-Li

Asus Faces 20 years of Audits Over Poor Wi-Fi Router Security

Asus Faces 20 years of Audits Over Poor Wi-Fi Router Security
February 24, 2016Unknown
Currently, Asus is undergoing through a troublesome situation after a lawsuit had been filed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its Router Insecurity. On Tuesday, FTC settled charges with Asus, where the hardware manufacturing company agrees to: Undergo Independent Security Audits Once in 2 years, for the Next 2 Decades . This action had been taken as the result of security negligence in Asus Wireless Routers that put the home and corporate networks of hundreds of thousands of consumers at risk. If Asus is found to violate the agreement, the company could end up paying a civil penalty of up to $16,000 for each violation. Asus Router Security Blunders Since Asus markets its products under the label of Secure and Intelligent routers through its website, following flaws would splash its level of security and intelligence. 1. Default Username & Password: ADMIN In 2014, a serious security issue had been brought to the public regarding

D-Link Accidentally Publishes Its Private Code-Signing Keys on the Internet

D-Link Accidentally Publishes Its Private Code-Signing Keys on the Internet
September 18, 2015Swati Khandelwal
It's not every time malware creators have to steal or buy a valid code-signing certificate to sign their malware – Sometimes the manufacturers unknowingly provide themselves . This is what exactly done by a Taiwan-based networking equipment manufacturer D-Link , which accidently published its Private code signing keys inside the company's open source firmware packages. Dutch news site Tweakers made aware of the issue by one of its readers with online moniker " bartvbl " who had bought a D-Link DCS-5020L security camera and downloaded the firmware from D-Link, which open sources its firmware under the GPL license. However, while inspecting the source code of the firmware, the reader found what seemed to be four different private keys used for code signing. Hackers Could Sign Malware After testing, the user managed to successfully create a Windows application , which he was able to sign with one of the four code signing keys belonging to D-Lin

Have a D-Link Wireless Router? You might have been Hacked

Have a D-Link Wireless Router? You might have been Hacked
February 03, 2015Wang Wei
The popular DSL wireless router model from D-Link are allegedly vulnerable to a software bug that could allow remote hackers to modify the DNS (Domain Name System) settings on affected routers and to hijack users' traffic. The main goal of DNS hijacking is to secretly redirect user's traffic from a legitimate websites to a malicious one controlled by hackers. The vulnerability might also affects other devices because it is located in the same, widely-used wireless router firmware used by different manufacturers. Bulgarian security researcher Todor Donev discovered the flaw which exists in a widely deployed ZynOS firmware from ZyXEL Communications Corporation, that is used in network hardware from TP-Link Technologies, ZTE and D-Link. According to the security researcher, D-Link's popular DSL2740R wireless router and a number of other D-Link routers, particularly the DLS-320B, are vulnerable. Late last year, similar router vulnerability was discovered in the

D-Link Releases Router Firmware Updates for backdoor vulnerability

D-Link Releases Router Firmware Updates for backdoor vulnerability
December 02, 2013Mohit Kumar
In October, A Security researcher ' Craig Heffner ' discovered a backdoor vulnerability ( CVE-2013-6027 ) with certain D-Link routers that allow cyber criminals to alter a router setting without a username or password. Last week, D-Link has released new version of Firmware for various vulnerable router models, that patches the unauthorized administrator access backdoor. Heffner  found that the web interface for some D-Link routers could be accessed if the browser's user agent string is set to xmlset_roodkcableoj28840ybtide . From last month, D-Link was working with Heffner and other security researchers, to find out more about the backdoor and now the Company has released the updates for the following models: DIR-100 DIR-120 DI-524 DI-524UP DI-604UP DI-604+ DI-624S TM-G5240 The company advised users to do not enable the Remote Management feature, since this will allow malicious users to use this exploit from the internet and also warned t

Backdoor found in Chinese Tenda Wireless Routers, allows Root access to Hackers

Backdoor found in Chinese Tenda Wireless Routers, allows Root access to Hackers
October 19, 2013Mohit Kumar
Last week Craig Heffner, specialized on the embedded device hacking exposed a serious backdoor in number of D-Link routers allows unauthorized backdoor access. Recently he published his another researcher, Titled ' From China, With Love ', exposed that D-Link is not only the vendor who puts backdoors in their products. According to him, China based networking device and equipment manufacturer - Tenda Technology  (www.tenda.cn) also added potential backdoors into their Wireless Routers. He unpacked the software framework update and locate the httpd binary an found that the manufacturer is using GoAhead server, which has been substantially modified. These routers are protected with standard Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and WPA encryption key, but still by sending a UDP packet with a special string , an attacker could take over the router. Routers contain a flaw in the httpd component, as the MfgThread() function spawns a backdoor service that listens fo

Unauthorized Access Backdoor found in D-Link router Firmware Code

Unauthorized Access Backdoor found in D-Link router Firmware Code
October 14, 2013Anonymous
A number of D-Link routers reportedly have an issue that makes them susceptible to unauthorized backdoor access . The researcher Craig, specialized on the embedded device hacking - demonstrated the presence of a backdoor within some DLink routers that allows an attacker to access the administration web interface of network devices without any authentication and view/change its settings. He found the backdoor inside the firmware v1 . 13 for the DIR-100 revA . Craig found and extracted the SquashFS file system loading firmware's web server file system (/bin/webs) into IDA.  Giving a look at the string listing, the Craig's attention was captured by a modified version of thttpd , the thttpd - alphanetworks /2.23, implemented to provide the rights to the administrative interface for the router.  The library is written by Alphanetworks, a spin-off company of D-Link, analyzing it Craig found many custom functions characterized by a name starting with suffix "alpha"
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