Critical Flaws Leave 92,000 D-Link NAS Devices Vulnerable to Malware Attacks

Critical Flaws Leave 92,000 D-Link NAS Devices Vulnerable to Malware Attacks

Threat actors are actively scanning and exploiting a pair of security flaws that are said to affect as many as 92,000 internet-exposed D-Link network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

Tracked as CVE-2024-3272 (CVSS score: 9.8) and CVE-2024-3273 (CVSS score: 7.3), the vulnerabilities impact legacy D-Link products that have reached end-of-life (EoL) status. D-Link, in an advisory, said it does not plan to ship a patch and instead urges customers to replace them.

Successful exploitation of the flaws could lead to arbitrary command execution on the affected D-Link NAS devices, granting threat actors the ability to access sensitive information, alter system configurations, or even trigger a denial-of-service (DoS) condition.

The issues affect the following models –

  • DNS-320L
  • DNS-325
  • DNS-327L, and
  • DNS-340L

Threat intelligence firm GreyNoise said it observed attackers attempting to weaponize the flaws to deliver the Mirai botnet malware, thus making it possible to remotely commandeer the D-Link devices.

D-Link NAS Devices

In the absence of a fix, the Shadowserver Foundation is recommending that users either take these devices offline or have remote access to the appliance firewalled to mitigate potential threats.

The findings once again illustrate that Mirai botnets are continuously adapting and incorporating new vulnerabilities into their repertoire, with threat actors swiftly developing new variants that are designed to abuse these issues to breach as many devices as possible.

“By launching scanning attacks from compromised hosts, attackers can accomplish the following: Covering their traces, bypassing geofencing, expanding botnets, [and] leveraging the resources of these compromised devices to generate a higher volume of scanning requests compared to what they could achieve using only their own devices.”