Fortinet Discovers Asus Routers Remote Code Execution Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in some routers shipped by the company Asus.

Asus manufactures a series of network routers directly competing with Linksys routers from Belkin.

A malicious user can forge a HTTP request to inject operating system commands that can be executed on the device with higher privileges.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Dec 28, 2017

Users should apply the solution provided by Asus.


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Asus on December 23, 2017.
Asus confirmed the vulnerability on December 27, 2017.
Asus patched the vulnerability on January 2, 2018.


This vulnerability was discovered by David Maciejak of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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