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Researcher suspended after zero-day dump

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FireEye has patched a series of publicly-disclosed flaws in its operating system (FEOS) that facilitated man-in-the-middle attacks and command injection.

The vulnerabilities released over June affected versions NX, EX, AX, FX, and CM of the FEOS and were patched in the first individual security bulletin for the system.

The company urged customers to apply fixes.

"FireEye encourages all customers to upgrade to the most current releases as soon as practical - especially customers running versions older than 7.1.0," it said in a bulletinc[pdf].

The flaws ranged in severity from low to critical, the most severe of which allowed unauthenticated remote attackers to inject shell commands into the FEOS as the root user, the bulletin noted.

Attackers would need to communicate with the FEOS management interface to exploit the vulnerabilities.

Flaws included web user interface command and SQL injection, access rights flaws, cross-site scripting and request forgery, and exposed internal services.

Others included OpenSSL man-in-the-middle bugs CVE-2010-5298; CVE-2014-0198; CVE-2014-0221; CVE-2014-0224, and CVE-2014-3470.

The critical flaws appeared to be those first dropped on website Exploit Database as zero-day by researcher Jean-Marie Bourbon who claimed to have been suspended by his employer as a result of the disclosure.

Bourbon told Forbes he dropped the vulnerabilities after FireEye did not respond to his May private disclosure -- a common practise in the security research sector.

He claimed FireEye contacted his employer, then providing security services to the firm, to have the disclosure pulled from Exploit Database and moved to wipe records of it stored in Google's cache.

The researcher maintained he was not under a non-disclosure agreement as a result of the FireEye-Sogeti contract. ®

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