Two-Factor Authentication Bypass Flaw Affects 70 Million+ Domains

Researchers have uncovered a previously undisclosed vulnerability affecting the cPanel & WebHost Manager (WHM) web hosting platform. cPanel &WHM version 11.90.0.5 (90.0 Build 5) exhibits a two-factor authentication bypass flaw, vulnerable to brute force attack, resulting in a scenario where an attacker with knowledge of or access to valid credentials could bypass two-factor authentication protections on an account.

Experts Comments

November 26, 2020
Craig Young
Principal Security Researcher
Tripwire
cPanel’s 2-factor authentication could be bypassed because it did not lock users out for failed attempts. This and a lack of rate-limiting meant that attackers could use a script to simply try every possible 2-factor code until they found the right one. The result is that this 2-factor implementation was little more than window dressing.

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