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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

           Vulnerability Note VU#281284 Samsung Printer firmware
                 contains a backdoor administrator account
                             29 November 2012


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Samsung and Dell Printers
Publisher:         US-CERT
Operating System:  Printer
Impact/Access:     Administrator Compromise -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Mitigation
CVE Names:         CVE-2012-4964  

Original Bulletin: 

Comment: While Samsung and Dell have not yet released updates for exisiting
         affected models, they have stated that they will be releasing a patch
         tool later this year to address vulnerable devices. To mitigate this
         issue, AusCERT recommends that administrators restrict access by only 
         allowing connections from trusted hosts and networks.

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Vulnerability Note VU#281284 
Samsung Printer firmware contains a backdoor administrator account

Original Release date: 26 Nov 2012 | Last revised: 28 Nov 2012


Samsung printers contain a hardcoded account that could allow a remote 
attacker to take control of an affected device. 


Samsung printers (as well as some Dell printers manufactured by Samsung) 
contain a hardcoded SNMP full read-write community string that remains active
even when SNMP is disabled in the printer management utility. 


A remote, unauthenticated attacker could access an affected device with 
administrative privileges. Secondary impacts include: the ability to make 
changes to the device configuration, access to sensitive information (e.g., 
device and network information, credentials, and information passed to the 
printer), and the ability to leverage further attacks through arbitrary code 


Samsung and Dell have stated that models released after October 31, 2012 are 
not affected by this vulnerability. Samsung and Dell have also indicated that
they will be releasing a patch tool later this year to address vulnerable 

Block Port 1118/udp

The reporter has stated that blocking the custom SNMP trap port of 1118/udp 
will help mitigate the risks.

Restrict Access

As a general good security practice, only allow connections from trusted hosts
and networks. Restricting access would prevent an attacker from accessing an 
SNMP interface using the affected credentials from a blocked network location.

Vendor Information (Learn More) 
Vendor 					Status 		Date Notified 	Date Updated 
Dell Computer Corporation, Inc. 	Affected 	23 Aug 2012 	28 Nov 2012 
Samsung 				Affected 	23 Aug 2012 	26 Nov 2012 

If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know. 

CVSS Metrics (Learn More) 
Group 				Score 		Vector 
Base 				9.0 		AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:P 
Temporal 			6.5 		E:U/RL:W/RC:UC 
Environmental 			1.9 		CDP:LM/TD:L/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND 


   * None


Thanks to Neil Smith for reporting this vulnerability

This document was written by Katie Steiner 

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2012-4964 
Date Public: 26 Nov 2012 
Date First Published: 26 Nov 2012 
Date Last Updated: 28 Nov 2012 
Document Revision: 30


If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this 
vulnerability, please send us email.

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