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

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Channel kicks 2021 into gear as After Hours returns to Auckland

Channel kicks 2021 into gear as After Hours returns to Auckland

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Pantry at Park Hyatt in Auckland to kick-start 2021.

Channel kicks 2021 into gear as After Hours returns to Auckland
The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry joined together for the annual Reseller News Women in ICT Awards event at the Hilton in Auckland, during which hundreds of guests celebrated 13 outstanding individuals who won awards, chosen from more than 50 finalists representing over 30 organisations.

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Show Comments