NetGear routers rooted by SQLi

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Don't overlook the simple stuff.

A BlackHat presenter has extracted passwords from temporary databases in consumer routers including Netgear using SQL Injection attacks.

Tactical Network Solutions researcher Zachary Cutlip gained remote root access to Netgear wireless routers using SQL injection (SQLi) to exploit unexposed buffer overflows.

The same SQLi was used to extract plain text passwords from the routers' file systems.

The research, reported on DarkReading and to be presented at BlackHat Las Vegas this month, would show how low-level exploits could be strung together to gain root access to consumer routers.

Cutlip told DarkReading he hoped the attacks demonstrated that researchers shouldn't overlook SQL injection vulnerabilities that may seem benign.

"In this case, we're going to be exploiting a SQL injection in a database that has very temporary data but it has no valuable data whatsoever.

"So it might seem there would be no motivation to attack the database. But by doing so, it's going to give us access to some other vulnerabilities."

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia


NetGear routers rooted by SQLi
 
 
 
Top Stories
Taking the fight to the disruptors
Seven West Media's new chief digital officer, Clive Dickens, says if a media company as historic as Disney can take on the new media landscape, then so can he.
 
How Australia plans to mark NAPLAN with cognitive computing
National schools test to be scored electronically from 2017.
 
M2 makes $1.6bn play for iiNet
Challenges TPG's March takeover offer.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Do you support the Government's data retention scheme?

   |   View results
Yes
  11%
 
No
  89%
TOTAL VOTES: 2530

Vote