NETGEAR WNR2000 RCE (PSV-2016-0261)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 172498


An application installed on the remote host is affected by remote code execution vulnerability.


NETGEAR WNR2000v3 devices before, WNR2000v4 devices before, and WNR2000v5 devices before allow authentication bypass and remote code execution via a buffer overflow that uses a parameter in the administration webapp. This vulnerability can only be exploited when an attacker can access the internal network or when remote management is enabled on the router. Remote management is turned off by default, users can turn on remote management through advanced settings.

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to the NETGEAR WNR2000 version mentioned in the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 172498

File Name: netgear_wnr2000_CVE-2017-6862.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 3/13/2023

Updated: 3/14/2023

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2017-6862


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/h:netgear:wnr2000v3_firmware, cpe:/h:netgear:wnr2000v4_firmware, cpe:/h:netgear:wnr2000v5_firmware, cpe:/o:netgear:wnr2000_firmware

Required KB Items: installed_sw/NETGEAR Wireless N Router

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/26/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/26/2017

CISA Known Exploited Vulnerability Due Dates: 6/22/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-6862