Insteon Hub 2245-222 1012 PubNub Service ak memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Insteon Hub 2245-222 1012 (Network Management Software). It has been rated as critical. This issue affects an unknown code of the component PubNub Service. The manipulation of the argument ak as part of a GET Request leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

On Insteon Hub 2245-222 devices with firmware version 1012, specially crafted replies received from the PubNub service can cause buffer overflows on a global section overwriting arbitrary data. An attacker should impersonate PubNub and answer an HTTPS GET request to trigger this vulnerability. A strcpy overflows the buffer insteon_pubnub.channel_ak, which has a size of 16 bytes. An attacker can send an arbitrarily long "ak" parameter in order to exploit this vulnerability.

The bug was discovered 06/19/2018. The weakness was published 08/23/2018 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2017-14455 since 09/13/2017. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. A simple authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 65 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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09/13/2017 🔍
06/19/2018 +279 days 🔍
08/23/2018 +64 days 🔍
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08/24/2018 +1 days 🔍
05/04/2023 +1714 days 🔍


Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2017-14455 (🔍)
X-Force: 144975

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Created: 08/24/2018 06:47 AM
Updated: 05/04/2023 10:03 AM
Changes: 08/24/2018 06:47 AM (60), 03/17/2020 03:47 PM (1), 05/04/2023 10:03 AM (15)
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