Series of Stack Overflow vulnerabilities plague D-Link devices

Louis Stowasser
Louis Stowasser
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Series of Stack Overflow vulnerabilities plague D-Link devices
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The networking hardware industry faces a significant security challenge as multiple critical stack overflow vulnerabilities have been identified in D-Link devices, specifically the DI-7200GV2.E1 v21.04.09E1 model. The potentially catastrophic impact of these vulnerabilities cannot be overstated, with the capacity not only for device hijacking but also possibly threatening the stability of larger networks.

The vulnerabilities were identified in five different areas, each traced back to a different parameter, emphasizing the broad potential attack surface. The critical vulnerabilities include CVE-2023-43199CVE-2023-43197CVE-2023-43201CVE-2023-43198, and CVE-2023-43196. The severity value of these issues was ranked at 9.8 out of 10, highlighting the urgent need for their address.

The stack overflow vulnerabilities were found in parameters including 'prev', 'fn', 'hi_up', 'popupId', and 'zn_jb'. This array of breach points means that there is the potential for these exploits to be triggered from different operational aspects of the device, presenting a complex challenge for technicians working on patches and updates.

A proof of concept is currently available on GitHub. The revelations underscore the necessity of robust cybersecurity protocols and ongoing vigilance within the networking hardware industry. While there is currently no evidence of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild, the severity and potential impact of such activities necessitate swift action and redress.

The compounded seriousness of these vulnerabilities highlights the importance of comprehensive security checks and audits for all networking devices. As more entities rely heavily on such devices, particularly amidst growing work-from-home trends, the security of these devices becomes not just an enterprise concern, but a socio-economic necessity. It is clear that manufacturers, cyber security researchers, and end-users must join forces to fortify the digital landscape and ensure the security of networking devices. Industry-wide collaborations and increased transparency in addressing security flaws may well be the key to resilience in this digital age.


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