Cisco patches backdoor in WAP4410N Wireless-N Access Point

Summary:Cisco has released the first of three firmware fixes to small business networking products that are vulnerable to complete compromise.

The Cisco WAP4410N Wireless-N Access Point

Cisco has issued updated firmware for the WAP4410N Wireless-N Access Point, a popular wireless device for small business. The company disclosed  a severe vulnerability in it and other Cisco small business products  earlier this month. An attacker exploiting this vulnerability through the LAN interface can access user credentials for the administrator account of the device and the device configuration or issue arbitrary commands on the device with escalated privileges.

The other affected products are:

Firmware updates for these other products are still forthcoming. Cisco had promised to release fixed software for the affected devices by the end of January 2014. There are no known workarounds for the problem.

Cisco says that "[N]o other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by these vulnerabilities."

The vulnerability was disclosed by Eloi Vanderbeken on his github page, where he also provided exploit code.

Topics: Security, Cisco, Networking


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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