Vulnerability Note VU#396212

Netgear ProSafe Plus Configuration Utility writes out plaintext passwords to backup configuration files

Original Release date: 08 Sep 2014 | Last revised: 08 Sep 2014


The Netgear ProSafe Plus Configuration Utility exposes password information via the configuration backup file.


CWE-200 - Information Exposure

The Netgear ProSafe Plus Configuration Utility provides a feature to back up switch configuration. In the backup file, the device password is clearly visible in plaintext.


An unauthenticated attacker with access to the configuration backup file may be able to retrieve the administrative password to the device.


The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

Network administrators choosing to use configuration backup files should ensure that they are not accessible to unauthorized users.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Netgear, Inc.Affected25 Jul 201402 Sep 2014
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base 2.9 AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Temporal 2.8 E:F/RL:U/RC:C
Environmental 2.0 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



This document was written by Joel Land.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2014-4864
  • Date Public: 08 Sep 2014
  • Date First Published: 08 Sep 2014
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Sep 2014
  • Document Revision: 13


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