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Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Remotely Tamper With Dahua Security Cameras

A vulnerability affecting Dahua cameras and video recorders can be exploited by threat actors to modify a device’s system time.

Researchers have discovered a vulnerability that can be exploited by remote hackers to tamper with the timestamp of videos recorded by Dahua security cameras.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2022-30564, was discovered last year by India-based CCTV and IoT cybersecurity company Redinent Innovations. Advisories describing the vulnerability were published on Wednesday by both Dahua and Redinent.

Redinent has assigned the vulnerability a ‘high’ severity rating, but Dahua has calculated a 5.3 CVSS score for it, which makes it ‘medium severity’.

According to the Chinese video surveillance equipment maker, the flaw impacts several types of widely used cameras and video recorders, including IPC, SD, NVR, and XVR products. 

An attacker can exploit the vulnerability to modify a device’s system time by sending it a specially crafted packet. 

Redinent says there are thousands of internet-exposed cameras that can be targeted directly by hackers. Exploitation from the local network is also possible. However, the company noted that an attacker needs to have knowledge of an APIs parameters in order to exploit the vulnerability. 

“An attacker can make modification to the timestamp of the video feed, leading to inconsistent date and time showing up on the recorded video, without the need of knowing the username and password of the camera. It has a direct impact on digital forensics,” Redinent explained in its advisory.

Dahua device vulnerabilities may be targeted by DDoS botnets, but in the case of CVE-2022-30564, it would most likely be exploited in highly targeted attacks whose goal is to tamper with evidence, rather than cybercrime operations. 

The issue was reported to the vendor in the fall of 2022. Dahua has released patches for each of the impacted devices. 

In December, Redinent disclosed a vulnerability affecting Hikvision wireless bridges. Exploitation of the flaw could lead to remote CCTV hacking

Related: Backdoor Found in Dahua Video Recorders, Cameras

Related: CISA Warns of Hikvision Camera Flaw as U.S. Aims to Rid Chinese Gear From Networks

Related: FCC: Telecom Firms Requested $5.6 Billion to Replace Chinese Gear

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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