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Netgear Patches Over 50 Flaws in Routers, Switches, NAS Devices

Netgear published more than 50 security advisories in the past two weeks to inform customers about the availability of patches for vulnerabilities affecting many of the company’s routers, switches, network-attached storage (NAS) devices, and wireless access points.

There are a total of 14 advisories describing vulnerabilities in various ReadyNAS devices, including command injections, security misconfigurations, and ten stored cross-site scripting (XSS) issues.

Netgear has also released more than a dozen advisories for remote code execution, security misconfiguration, command injection, administrator credentials disclosure, authentication bypass, stack overflow, arbitrary file read, and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) flaws affecting some of its routers. Some of the weaknesses also impact modems and DSL gateways.

The highest number of advisories released by the networking solutions provider describe problems in fully managed switches. There are 22 advisories for privilege escalation, stored and reflected XSS, denial-of-service (DoS), security misconfiguration, and directory traversal flaws.

As for wireless access points (APs), there are two advisories describing command injection vulnerabilities.

The vulnerabilities have been rated medium or high severity. No CVE identifiers have been assigned.

While a majority of the patched security holes appear to have been discovered by Netgear itself, the company has also credited Maxime Peterlin of ON-X Security for a high severity remote code execution issue in WNR2000v5 routers, Martin Rakhmanov of Trustwave for some serious router and modem flaws, and Beyond Security’s SecuriTeam Secure Disclosure program for a high severity command injection flaw in ReadyNAS Surveillance.

Netgear encourages security researchers to responsibly disclose vulnerabilities found in its products, including via a bug bounty program that offers rewards of up to $15,000 per vulnerability. The program has been running since the beginning of the year and it has resulted in payouts for more than 270 flaws, with the average bounty in the past three months at over $1,200.

However, some are still displeased with the way Netgear handles vulnerability reports. In a blog post describing the ReadyNAS Surveillance RCE flaw, Beyond Security said Netgear “acknowledging the receipt of the vulnerability information, [but] refused to respond to the technical claims, to give a fix timeline or coordinate an advisory.”

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Eduard Kovacs is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.