Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

4/23/2019
03:00 PM
50%
50%

App Exposes Wi-Fi Credentials for Thousands of Private Networks

A database used by WiFi Finder was left open and unprotected on the Internet.

For travelers, finding available Wi-Fi hotspots has become a task on the same level as finding public restrooms or drinkable coffee — one of the necessities of modern life. Travelers who turned to a free Android app called WiFi Finder might have found a convenient hotspot, but in doing so they potentially helped hackers find thousands of private wireless networks.

Security researcher Sanyam Jain found the database used by WiFi Finder was open to the Internet, unprotected by either authentication or encryption. Within that database were Wi-Fi network names, their precise geolocations, basic service set identifiers (BSSIDs), and network passwords for thousands of Wi-Fi networks, both public and private.

The same feature — allowing users to pull up login information for Wi-Fi hotspots — that provided login convenience for public networks created a huge security issue for home and private business networks.

"The HotSpot finder app presumes their user has the authority to disclose potentially sensitive information and thus can consent to the app receiving and potentially storing that data," says Tim Mackey, senior technical evangelist at Synopsys. "This then creates a situation where the threat model defined by the WiFi network owner might be insufficient."

The database has been taken offline by the hosting provider, but Mackey recommends that Wi-Fi network administrators change passwords. He also advises using this as a reminder that regular network monitoring and a process of password changes are reasonable security steps for any network.

Read more here.

 

 

 

Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop 2019. Learn from the industry's most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the Interop agenda here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
shalinimenon
50%
50%
shalinimenon,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/30/2019 | 6:51:57 AM
Re: History on this one
It's true in here my city as well.
REISEN1955
50%
50%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
4/24/2019 | 9:59:12 AM
History on this one
I used to drive around my town using my laptop and NETSTUMBLER which detected any WIFI within range and reported security codes - open or password protected.  In my first runs, many in town were wide open and there was an apartment complex that was one of the best WIFI Cafe (in a parking lot) ever.  Now over time the wide open routers decreased to almost zero and the charm of it all faded.  It was still easy, and probable still is, to then navigate the area using stolen admin credentials for routers (some are never ever changed) and still have access and, potential, hack. 
Data Privacy Protections for the Most Vulnerable -- Children
Dimitri Sirota, Founder & CEO of BigID,  10/17/2019
State of SMB Insecurity by the Numbers
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer,  10/17/2019
Tor Weaponized to Steal Bitcoin
Dark Reading Staff 10/18/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
2019 Online Malware and Threats
2019 Online Malware and Threats
As cyberattacks become more frequent and more sophisticated, enterprise security teams are under unprecedented pressure to respond. Is your organization ready?
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-9501
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-22
The Artificial Intelligence theme before 1.2.4 for WordPress has XSS because Genericons HTML files are unnecessarily placed under the web root.
CVE-2019-16971
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-22
In FusionPBX up to 4.5.7, the file app\messages\messages_thread.php uses an unsanitized "contact_uuid" variable coming from the URL, which is reflected on 3 occasions in HTML, leading to XSS.
CVE-2019-16972
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-22
In FusionPBX up to 4.5.7, the file app\contacts\contact_addresses.php uses an unsanitized "id" variable coming from the URL, which is reflected in HTML, leading to XSS.
CVE-2019-16973
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-22
In FusionPBX up to 4.5.7, the file app\contacts\contact_edit.php uses an unsanitized "query_string" variable coming from the URL, which is reflected in HTML, leading to XSS.
CVE-2015-9496
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-22
The freshmail-newsletter plugin before 1.6 for WordPress has shortcode.php SQL Injection via the 'FM_form id=' substring.