A newly discovered bug in Zyxel products endangers tens of thousands of users in Europe and the U.S. The critical vulnerability affecting Zyxel’s ATP series, VPN series, and USG FLEX series business firewalls is tracked as CVE-2022-30525, with a severity score of 9.8 CVSS. The vulnerability paves the way for hackers to execute arbitrary code without prior authentication on the compromised device.
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Rapid7’s security researcher Jake Baines released an advisory regarding the CVE-2022-30525, elucidating the details on this critical bug in Zyxel firewall and VPN products. The bug allows for a remote command injection with inadequate or no prior authentication upon threat actors launching attacks via a compromised device’s HTTP interface.
Zyxel released a necessary bug fix in April yet failed to timely notify users about this flaw in their firewall products. The research team from Rapid7 addressed the issue publicly on May 12, 2022, with more exploitation cases building up. Researchers report that adversaries leverage vulnerability CVE-2022-30525 to execute arbitrary commands and compromise internal networks.
Taking into account the number of Zyxel devices that became soft targets due to this vulnerability (over 20,000), as well as the fact that the vendor advertises those products for corporate needs, users are urged to take immediate action, or they would have to face the music over those security holes very soon.
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