Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Netgear wireless router open to code execution after buffer overflow vulnerability

Netgear wireless router open to code execution after buffer overflow vulnerability

Cisco Talos’ Vulnerability Research team recently disclosed three vulnerabilities across a range of products, including one that could lead to remote code execution in a popular Netgear wireless router designed for home networks. 

There is also a newly disclosed vulnerability in a graphics driver for some NVIDIA GPUs that could lead to a memory leak. 

All the vulnerabilities mentioned in this blog post have been patched by their respective vendors, all in adherence to Cisco’s third-party vulnerability disclosure policy

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Netgear RAX30 JSON parsing stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability 

Discovered by Michael Gentile. 

The Netgear RAX30 wireless router contains a stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the device.  

An adversary could send a targeted device a specially crafted HTTP request to eventually cause a buffer overflow condition. 

The RAX30 is a dual-band Wi-Fi router that’s commonly used on home networks. In an advisory about TALOS-2023-1887 (CVE-2023-48725), Netgear stated that the vulnerability “requires an attacker to have your WiFi password or an Ethernet connection to a device on your network to be exploited.” 

NVIDIA D3D10 driver out-of-bounds read vulnerability 

Discovered by Piotr Bania. 

TALOS-2023-1849 (CVE-2024-0071) is an out-of-bounds read vulnerability in the shader functionality of the NVIDIA D3D10 driver that runs on several NVIDIA graphics cards. Drivers like D3D10 are usually necessary for the GPU to function properly. 

An adversary could send a specially crafted executable or shader file to the targeted machine to trigger an out-of-bounds read and eventually leak memory.  

This vulnerability could be triggered from guest machines running virtual environments to perform a guest-to-host escape. Theoretically, it could be exploited from a web browser, but Talos tested this vulnerability from a Windows Hyper-V guest using the RemoteFX feature, leading to execution of the vulnerable code on the Hyper-V host. While RemoteFX is no longer actively maintained by Microsoft, some older machines may still use this software.  

An out-of-bounds read vulnerability exists in the Shader functionality of NVIDIA D3D10 Driver, Version 546.01, A specially crafted executable/shader file can lead to an out-of-bounds read. An attacker can provide a specially crafted shader file to trigger this vulnerability. 

An adversary could also use this vulnerability to leak host data to the guest machine. 

Denial-of-service vulnerability in Google Chrome Video Encoder 

Discovered by Piotr Bania. 

A denial-of-service vulnerability in Google Chrome’s video encoder could crash the browser.  

TALOS-2023-1870 is triggered if the targeted user visits an attacker-created website that contains specific code.  

Talos’ sample exploit runs a JavaScript code related to the Chrome video encoding functionality, eventually causing a denial-of-service in the browser and stopping all processes in Chrome.  

from Cisco Talos Blog

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