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Vulnerability title: Hardcoded Default Credentials in Symmetricom s350i

CVE: CVE-2014-5063
Vendor: Symmetricom
Product: s350i
Affected version: 2.70.15
Fixed version: N/A
Reported by: Mike Emery


It was observed that known default credentials were being used:

admin/symmetricom - SSH/web application
jcostanza/shadow - Firebird database
jcostanza/Sync3$!Symm~ - Postgres database

Note: In the case of the Firebird and Postgres databases, these credentials were hardcoded into various binaries and scripts that were present on the system. Further more, in the case of the Postgres database, these credentials could be used to connect to the database over the network and gain privileged access.


Leaving default credentials in place is contrary to good practice and could enable an attacker to gain unauthorised access to the system.

In this case, bearing in mind the security level of the default account, the attacker could gain complete control over the system.


Exploit code is not required

Vendor status:

30/05/2014 Advisory created
10/06/2014 Vendor contacted
09/07/2014 Vendor contact reattempted
28/07/2014 CVE obtained and provisional release date set
13/08/2014 Final vendor contact initiated
20/08/2014 First vendor response
20/08/2014 Vendor advised of release date and more information on fix time
frame requested
28/08/2014 Vendor contacted to re-emphasise release dates as no response from
previous contact was received
29/08/2014 Vendor responded requesting a discussion before release. This was
not possible due to time zone differences
29/08/2014 Published
01/09/2014 In discussion with vendor following a period of non-response


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