Unpatched Seagate wireless HDDs vulnerable to data theft

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 08 2015 @ 13:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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If you own a wireless HDD from Seagate you may want to check if your device is running the latest firmware. CERT researchers discovered a dangerous vulnerability in certain Seagate wireless HDDs that could give root access to unauthorized users.

The problem is caused by a hard-coded account that offers remote access via undocumented Telnet services by using the default credentials of "root" as username and the default password.
The issues outed make it possible to download and upload directly into the wireless hard disk’s file system, leading to a high chance of data theft, and spread of malware.

Currently, the issue only affects Seagate’s Wireless Mobile Storage, Wireless Plus Mobile Storage and LaCie Fuel drives, running older firmware. Since these flaws have been discovered, Seagate has ensured that the newest firmware release has patched this vulnerability. If you are running firmware versions to, these issues are present, and it is critical that you update as soon as possible. The newest firmware as of today, version, can be downloaded via the Seagate Download Finder.
Via: Neowin

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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