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United Airways® Insecure Transmission of User Credentials
Severity: Critical
Category: Information Disclosure
Author: Michael Scheidell, CCISO – Managing Director, Security Privateers
Original Public Release Date: June 30th, 2014.

Notifications: April 29, 2014 (United Airlines, FBI InfraGard, Miami ECTF)
Notifications: April 31, 2014 (Miami ETCF Forwarded to USSS, DHS and Chicago ECTF)
Notifications: May 5th, 2014.  Update sent to MECTF and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Revision Date: July 11, 2014

Reason for Revision: Added information on date vulnerable from

It has been reported that the ftpd server, included in the Embedded Real Time Operating System (ERTOS) of 3Com Superstack 3 NBX IP phones, contains a denial of service vulnerability. This issue can be triggered by sending a CEL paramater of excessive length, effectively causing the ftpd server and various VoIP services to no longer respond.