Exposed: Critical F5 BIG-IP Flaws Jeopardize Thousands – Patch Now or Perish!

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Hot Take:

Oh, look, our dear BIG-IP Next Central Manager was caught with its digital pants down, not once, but twice! With SQL and OData vulnerabilities cozying up in the NCM API, the cyber baddies could have partied harder than college students during spring break! Props to Eclypsium for playing the party pooper and F5 for patching things up. Now, dear IT overlords, please exercise the sacred rite of patching before your network turns into a Wild West saloon for hackers!

Key Points:

  • F5’s BIG-IP NCM was vulnerable to SQL and OData injection vulnerabilities, CVE-2024-26026 and CVE-2024-21793.
  • These flaws could let attackers pull the strings on BIG-IP devices from afar, like a malicious puppeteer.
  • Eclypsium discovered the issues, and a proof-of-concept exploit showed how attackers could create ninja admin accounts.
  • There are over 10,000 F5 BIG-IP devices with open management ports ripe for the picking, according to Shodan.
  • F5 has issued patches but also has a workaround for the patching procrastinators: restrict access and cross your fingers.
Title: BIG-IP Central Manager SQL Injection
Cve id: CVE-2024-26026
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: f5
Cve date updated: 05/08/2024
Cve description: An SQL injection vulnerability exists in the BIG-IP Next Central Manager API (URI).  Note: Software versions which have reached End of Technical Support (EoTS) are not evaluated

Title: BIG-IP Central Manager OData Injection Vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2024-21793
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: f5
Cve date updated: 05/08/2024
Cve description: An OData injection vulnerability exists in the BIG-IP Next Central Manager API (URI).  Note: Software versions which have reached End of Technical Support (EoTS) are not evaluated.

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Hide and Seek: Admin Edition

Imagine an admin account that's like a ghost—spooky, invisible, and doing things it shouldn't. That's what could happen with these vulnerabilities. Attackers could create stealthy admin accounts on BIG-IP devices, and the worst part? These accounts would be playing hide and seek with the NCM itself, completely off the radar.

The Digital Lifeguard's Advice

The virtual lifeguards at F5 aren't just sitting on their high chairs; they've thrown out a lifebuoy in the form of patches. They're also whispering sweet security nothings into IT admins' ears: restrict access to your NCM like it's a VIP club, and make sure your network is as secure as Fort Knox.

Shodan's Cyber Census

Shodan, the creepy peeping Tom of the internet, has done a headcount and found over 10,000 F5 BIG-IP devices just waiting to be asked to dance by hackers. With open management ports, these devices are like houses with doors left ajar. Patching is like installing a good deadbolt—do it before the burglars come in for tea.

The Patching Pledge

If you're one of those who treat patching like a visit to the dentist—necessary but avoidable—F5's got your back with a workaround. But let's be real, a workaround is a Band-Aid, and patches are the cure. Take the pledge to patch, and sleep better at night knowing your network isn't an all-you-can-eat buffet for cybercriminals.

The Exploit That Wasn't

Before you start building a bunker and prepping for a digital apocalypse, take a breath; there's no sign of wild exploitation yet. Eclypsium has confirmed that these bugs haven't been turned into a weapon of mass digital destruction. Still, in the world of cybersecurity, "yet" is the keyword. So better safe than sorry, folks! Patch up and carry on.
Tags: CVE-2024-21793, CVE-2024-26026, F5 BIG-IP Vulnerability, Network Security, OData Injection, patch management, SQL Injection, threat mitigation