Menu
Google researchers find remote execution bug in FireEye appliances

Google researchers find remote execution bug in FireEye appliances

FireEye has patched the problem, which could allow full network access

Google researchers found a software flaw in several models of FireEye's security appliances that they say could give a cyberattacker full access to a company's network.

It's not unheard of to find security flaws in security software, but the latest discovery highlights once again how no technology is immune to such problems.

FireEye issued a statement on Tuesday saying it had issued a patch for the flaw, which affects its NX, EX, FX and AX Series appliances. The appliances passively monitor network traffic and pluck out suspicious files for study away from the live network.

The products have full access to a network, which means if attackers got a foothold in one, they could monitor and tamper with traffic or insert spying code.

The vulnerability is within a module that analyzes Java archive (JAR) files, FireEye said.

A successful attack could be triggered merely by sending someone an email or getting the person to click a link, wrote Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero, who found the issue with Natalie Silvanovich. It's a "nightmare scenario," he wrote.

"This would mean an attacker would only have to send an email to a user to gain access to a persistent network tap -- the recipient wouldn’t even have to read the email, just receiving it would be enough," Ormandy wrote.

Once access has been gained to the FireEye appliance, it would be possible to load a rootkit, move around to other networks or install a self-propagating worm, Ormandy wrote.

Project Zero nicknamed the vulnerability "666." FireEye was notified on Friday and issued a temporary fix over the weekend and then a permanent one on Monday, according to its statement.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags FireEye

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments