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NETGEAR FVS318 Information Disclosure
From: "Fab\\AIS" <fab () aisec net>
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 21:19:36 -0400
I'm resending this..*without* the failure notice ;)
Attached is an Advisory concerning Netgear's FVS318
Firewall/VPN/Router, and the fact that it stores Usernames and
Passwords in plain text if the config is backed up.
fab () aisec net
Information Security Team.
AIS advisory # 0006 NETGEAR FVS318 Firewall Router Firmware 1.1
Netgear's FVS318 Firewall/VPN/Router stores Usernames and Passwords in
plain text when a backup of the configuration is made.
Netgear FVS318 firmware 1.1 and every firmware version before it.
Taken from their site : http://www.netgear.com
"Want the utmost in network security for your office? NETGEAR's FVS318
ProSafe VPN Firewall provides business-class protection at a NAT
router price. This completely equipped, broadband-capable Virtual
Private Network (VPN) firewall is a true firewall and provides it all
- Denial of Service (DoS) protection and Intrusion Detection using
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), URL access and content filtering,
logging, \reporting, and real-time alerts. It initiates up to 8 IPSec
VPN tunnels simultaneously, reducing your operating costs and
maximizing the security of your network. With 8 auto-sensing, Auto
UplinkT switched LAN ports and Network Address Translation (NAT)
routing, up to 253 users can access your broadband connection at the
The web interface includes a backup option to store your current
config just in case anything happens....
For the most part, the file isn't readable except for a few words, in
particular, your Username to your ISP internet connection, and the
to the web admin interface which listens on port 80 by default. This
port can be changed to whatever you like, but probably not many people
I would consider this a local threat because you can only get to the
from inside the local LAN. Unless you enable Remote Management, which
listens on port
8080 by default.
The default username for the web interface can't be changed, it's
Any good admin makes a backup of their working configs ;)
================FIX (if any) ========
Use PGP to encrypt your files, if Netgear doesn't encrypt them for
fab () aisec net
Information Security Team
- NETGEAR FVS318 Information Disclosure Fab\\AIS (Oct 01)