The security expert Nikita Abramov from Positive Technologies discovered a DoS vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-27716, that affects certain versions of F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM).
The F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager is a secure, flexible, high-performance access management proxy solution that delivers unified global access control for your users, devices, applications, and application programming interfaces (APIs).
The vulnerability resides in the Traffic Management Microkernel (TMM) component which processes all load-balanced traffic on BIG-IP devices.
“When a BIG-IP APM virtual server processes traffic of an undisclosed nature, the Traffic Management Microkernel (TMM) stops responding and restarts. (CVE-2020-27716)” reads the advisory published by F5. “Traffic processing is disrupted while TMM restarts. If the affected BIG-IP system is configured as part of a device group, the system triggers a failover to the peer device.”
An attacker could trigger the flaw by simply sending a specially crafted HTTP request to the server hosting the BIG-IP configuration utility, and that would be enough to block access to the controller for a while (until it automatically restarts).
“Vulnerabilities like this one are quite commonly found in code. They can occur for different reasons, for example unconsciously neglected bydevelopers or due to insufficient additional checks being carried out. I discovered this vulnerability during binary analysis. Flaws like this one can be detected using non-standard requests and by analyzing logic and logical inconsistencies.” Nikita Abramov researcher at Positive Technologies explains.
The flaw impacts versions 14.x and 15.x, the vendor already released security updates that address it.
In June, researchers at F5 Networks addressed another flaw, tracked as CVE-2020-5902, which resides in undisclosed pages of Traffic Management User Interface (TMUI) of the BIG-IP product.
The vulnerability could be exploited by attackers to gain access to the TMUI component to execute arbitrary system commands, disable services, execute arbitrary Java code, and create or delete files, and potentially take over the BIG-IP device
The CVE-2020-5902 vulnerability received a CVSS score of 10, this means that is quite easy to exploit. The issue could be exploited by sending a specifically crafted HTTP request to the server hosting the Traffic Management User Interface (TMUI) utility for BIG-IP configuration.
Immediately after the public disclosure of the flaw, that several proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits have been released, some of them are very easy to use.
A few days after the disclosure of the vulnerability in the F5 Networks BIG-IP product threat actors started exploiting it in attacks in the wild. Threat actors exploited the CVE-2020-5902 flaw to obtain passwords, create web shells, and infect systems with various malware.
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