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Severe Vulnerability Patched in Siklu Radios

Researcher Ian Ling has discovered a serious remote command execution (RCE) vulnerability in Siklu’s EtherHaul wireless point-to-point radios. Updates that patch the flaw have been released for a majority of the affected products.

Siklu is a Tel-Aviv, Israel-based company that specializes in millimeter wave wireless connectivity radios. The firm says it has a 30% market share and it has sold thousands of radios worldwide to mobile operators, service providers, wireless security network operators, governments and enterprises.

Ling discovered the vulnerability while analyzing a feature in the web interface that allows users to configure one radio from another that has a wireless connection to it. An analysis showed that EtherHaul radios have three ports open, including TCP port 555, which devices connect to during this process.

An analysis of the traffic on port 555 led the researcher to discover that the service running on this port requires only a username for authentication. This allows an attacker to send specially crafted requests that appear to come from another EtherHaul device and execute arbitrary commands on the radio.

One of the commands can be used to retrieve the device’s username and password in plain text. Another command can be leveraged to set a new administrator password. Ling has published proof-of-concept (PoC) code for both these exploits.

According to the expert, the service running on port 555 can be accessed by anyone over the Internet as it is not protected by a firewall or an access control list (ACL).

The vulnerability was reported to Siklu on December 22 and patches were released on February 13. Updates have been made available for all EtherHaul radios, except for models that have reached end of life.

This is not the first time Ling has identified a serious vulnerability in Siklu EtherHaul radios. Roughly one year ago, he reported finding a hidden root account that had the same unchangeable password on all devices. The account, accessible via the device’s interface and SSH, granted access to the underlying Linux operating system, giving an attacker full control.

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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.