Vulnerability Note VU#507216
Hirschmann "Classic Platform" switches reveal administrator password in SNMP community string by default
Hirschmann "Classic Platform" switches contain a password sync feature that syncs the switch administrator password with the SNMP community password, exposing the administrator password to attackers on the local network.
CWE-257: Storing Passwords in a Recoverable Format
For all Hirschmann (part of Belden) "Classic Platform" switches (which includes the MACH series workgroup switches, among others), by default, the switch administrator password is used to construct an SNMP community string that allows remote management of some switch configuration. Attackers on the local network with the ability to sniff network traffic may be able to recover the administrator password from the community string.
An attacker on the local network may learn the switch administrator password from the SNMP community string, which is sent over the network in plaintext in SNMPv1 and SNMPv2.
Disable the SNMP Password Sync feature and use SNMPv3
Vendor Information (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Belden||Affected||-||28 Jan 2016|
|Yokogawa Electric Corporation||Affected||-||05 Apr 2016|
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Thanks to Mark Jaques for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Garret Wassermann.
- CVE IDs: Unknown
- Date Public: 16 Feb 2016
- Date First Published: 16 Feb 2016
- Date Last Updated: 05 Apr 2016
- Document Revision: 61
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