VMware SD-WAN Vulnerabilities Pose Risk to Network Security

Bar Refael

April 3, 2024

VMware has urgently released patches for several critical vulnerabilities discovered in its SD-WAN solution. These security flaws, if exploited, pose significant risks to network integrity and data security for organizations leveraging VMware’s SD-WAN for network management. Immediate action to apply these patches is advised to safeguard against potential exploitation.

The vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • CVE-2024-22246 (CVSS 7.4): Unauthenticated Command Injection
    • Impacting the VMware SD-WAN Edge component, this vulnerability allows unauthenticated attackers with local access to execute arbitrary commands, potentially gaining complete control over the router.
  • CVE-2024-22247 (CVSS 4.8): BIOS Boot Modification
    • This vulnerability enables attackers with physical access to an appliance to modify the BIOS boot priority, potentially facilitating the execution of unauthorized code upon startup.
  • CVE-2024-22248 (CVSS 7.1): Open Redirect
    • Affecting the VMware SD-WAN Orchestrator, this flaw could be exploited by an attacker to redirect users to malicious sites, leading to phishing attacks or malware delivery.

Risk Assessment:

The exploitation of these vulnerabilities could lead to compromised network devices, unauthorized access to organizational networks, and malicious redirects, posing significant risks to network security and data integrity.

Mitigation and Recommendations:

VMware advises all users of its SD-WAN solution to promptly apply the provided security patches to mitigate the risks associated with these vulnerabilities. Organizations are recommended to:

  • Immediately update affected SD-WAN components to the patched versions.
  • Conduct regular security assessments and vulnerability scans to identify and mitigate potential security risks.
  • Implement strict access controls and monitor network traffic for signs of unauthorized access or unusual activities.

Conclusion:

The discovery of these vulnerabilities underscores the importance of regular security maintenance and the swift application of patches to protect network infrastructure. Organizations relying on VMware SD-WAN should take immediate steps to update their systems and prevent potential security breaches.

Stay Secure. Stay Informed.

OP Innovate Research Team.

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