QNAP firmware updates fix Apache HTTP vulnerabilities in its NAS

Pierluigi Paganini April 22, 2022

Taiwanese vendor QNAP warns users to update their NAS Firmware to fix Apache HTTP flaws addressed in the Apache HTTP server last month.

Taiwanese vendor QNAP warns users to update their NAS Firmware to address Apache HTTP vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2022-22721 and CVE-2022-23943, addressed in the Apache HTTP server in March.

“While CVE-2022-22719 and CVE-2022-22720 do not affect QNAP products, CVE-2022-22721 affects 32-bit QNAP NAS models, and CVE-2022-23943 affects users who have enabled mod_sed in Apache HTTP Server on their QNAP device.” reads the advisory published by the vendor.

The flaws are a possible buffer overflow in LimitXMLRequestBody and an out-of-bounds write vulnerability in mod_sed of Apache HTTP. Both vulnerabilities received a CVSS severity score of 9.8 and affect Apache HTTP Server versions 2.4.52 and earlier. Apache foundation addressed the issue in March 2022 with the release of version 2.4.53.

Below are the descriptions for both issues reported in the changelog:

  • CVE-2022-22721 – Possible buffer overflow with very large or unlimited LimitXMLRequestBody (cve.mitre.org) If LimitXMLRequestBody is set to allow request bodies larger than 350MB (defaults to 1M) on 32 bit systems an integer overflow happens which later causes out of bounds writes. This issue affects Apache HTTP Server 2.4.52 and earlier. Credits: Anonymous working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative.
  • CVE-2022-23943 – Read/write beyond bounds (cve.mitre.org) Out-of-bounds Write vulnerability in mod_sed of Apache HTTP Server allows an attacker to overwrite heap memory with possibly attacker provided data. This issue affects Apache HTTP Server 2.4 version 2.4.52 and prior versions. Credits: Ronald Crane (Zippenhop LLC).

The company also recommends mitigating CVE-2022-22721 by keeping the default value “1M” for LimitXMLRequestBody, while CVE-2022-23943 can be mitigated by disabling mod_sed.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, QNAP)

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