Red Balloon Security Identifies Critical Vulnerability in Kratos NGC-IDU

CVE-2023-36670 Remotely Exploitable Command Injection Vulnerability.

Introduction

Red Balloon Security Researchers discover and patch vulnerabilities regularly. One such recent discovery is CVE-2023-36670, which affects the Kratos NGC-IDU 9.1.0.4 system. Let’s dive into the details of this security issue.

Vulnerability Details

  • CVE ID: CVE-2023-36670

     

  • Description: A remotely exploitable command injection vulnerability was found on the Kratos NGC-IDU 9.1.0.4.

     

  • Impact: An attacker can execute arbitrary Linux commands as root by sending crafted TCP requests to the device.

Kratos NGC-IDU 9.1.0.4

The Kratos NGC-IDU system is widely used in various industries, including telecommunications, defense, and critical infrastructure. It provides essential network management and monitoring capabilities. However, like any complex software, it is susceptible to security flaws.

Exploitation Scenario

  1. Crafted TCP Requests: An attacker sends specially crafted TCP requests to the vulnerable Kratos NGC-IDU device.

     

  2. Command Injection: Due to inadequate input validation, the attacker injects malicious commands into the system.

     

  3. Root Privileges: The injected commands execute with root privileges, granting the attacker full control over the device.

Mitigation

  • Patch: Organizations using Kratos NGC-IDU 9.1.0.4 should apply the latest security updates promptly.

     

  • Network Segmentation: Isolate critical devices from the public network to reduce exposure.

     

  • Access Controls: Implement strict access controls to limit who can communicate with the device.

     

  • Monitoring: Monitor network traffic for suspicious activity.

Conclusion

In modern infrastructure, devices such as the Kratos NGC-IDU are at the intersection of incredible value and escalating threat. Despite functionality that is often mission critical and performance that is highly visible, these devices can be insufficiently protected, making them an inviting target.  CVE-2023-36670 highlights the importance of timely patching and robust security practices. Organizations must stay vigilant, continuously assess their systems, and take proactive measures to protect against vulnerabilities.

At Red Balloon, we solve the device vulnerability gap by building security from the inside out, putting customers’ strongest line of defense at their most critical point. Red Balloon’s embedded security solutions enable customers to solve the device vulnerability gap where the greatest damage can happen and the least security exists.

For more information, refer to the official CVE-2023-36670 entry, or contact [email protected]

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