Serious Vulnerabilities Impacted Ruckus Wireless Router Firmware

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Heads up Ruckus routers users! A researcher has discovered numerous vulnerabilities in Ruckus router firmware. Exploiting the bugs could allow an attacker to take control of victim devices.

Ruckus Router Vulnerabilities

A security researcher affiliated with HCL Technologies, Gal Zror, discovered numerous security flaws in Ruckus routers. Specifically, he found the vulnerabilities affecting the Ruckus router firmware that could allow unauthenticated device takeovers.

The researcher presented the details of his findings at the 36th Chaos Communication Congress conference held in Germany. As described by Zror,

Throughout the research, 33 different access points firmware examined, and all of them were found vulnerable.

In brief, he found three different pre-authentication remote code execution bugs. It means a potential attacker could simply take over a target device via the internet, without requiring any authentication. Targeting multiple devices this way could allow a threat actor to create botnets.

Sharing his findings with TechCrunch, the researcher revealed that the bugs could allow an attacker to gain root access on the target device. The attacker could then also view all unencrypted traffic over the target network, in addition to re-routing the traffic to malicious sites.

Patches Rolled Out

After the discovery of the router bugs, Ruckus confirmed the vulnerabilities in their routers’ firmware. As disclosed in their advisory, the vulnerabilities received 10 CVEs, four of which include remote command injection bugs.

Ruckus has confirmed the vulnerabilities affected ZoneDirector and Unleashed products. They have issued patches for these bugs with ZoneDirector  versions 9.10.2.0.84, 9.12.3.0.136, 10.0.1.0.90, 10.1.2.0.275, 10.2.1.0.147, 10.3.1.0.21, and Unleashed versions 200.7.10.202.94.

Since some of the bugs are critical, Ruckus urges all users to update their device firmware at their earliest. According to a Ruckus spokesperson Aharon Etengoff,

By design, our devices do not fetch and install software automatically to ensure our customers can manage their networks appropriately…
We are strongly advising our customers and partners to deploy the latest firmware releases as soon as possible to mitigate these vulnerabilities.

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