Security loopholes existing in CyberPower's PowerPanel Enterprise Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform and Dataprobe’s iBoot Power Distribution Unit (PDU) may expose these systems to manipulation, causing significant damage in target environments. A set of nine deficiencies, identified with codes CVE-2023-3259 through CVE-2023-3267, hold severity scale scores that sprawl between 6.7 to 9.8. These vulnerabilities present cybercriminals with opportunities to spark complete data center shut-down, as well as infringe upon data center setups to pirate data or activate large-scale cyber attacks.
Outcomes drawn from thorough research, conducted by Trellix security researchers Sam Quinn, Jesse Chick, and Philippe Laulheret, indicate that malicious entities could harness these weaknesses to gain unrestricted access to these systems. The research study, shared with The Hacker News, further recounts that both products present susceptibility to remote code injections, potent enough to establish illicit entry points and backdoors into the broader network of connected enterprise systems and data center devices.
These discoveries came to light during the recent DEF CON security conference. As of now, there are no known instances of these loopholes being exploited in reality.The addressed vulnerabilities, rectified in version 2.6.9 of the PowerPanel Enterprise software and version 1.44.08042023 of the Dataprobe iBoot PDU firmware, were found in the Dataprobe iBoot PDU and CyberPower's PowerPanel Enterprise. If exploited successfully, these frailties may severely impact critical infrastructure systems that depend on data centers, precipitating shutdowns, propagating large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS), wiper attacks or ransomware, and extending an invitation for cyber-espionage.
The researchers noted that, "A flaw in a single data center management platform or device may rapidly escalate into a total compromise of the internal network. This potentially gives malicious actors a beachhead to launch subsequent attacks on any further interconnected cloud infrastructure.” Emphasizing on the importance of IT security, they urged users to stay updated on the latest cybersecurity news, insights and tips.
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