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A mysterious code prevents QNAP NAS devices to be updated

Users of QNAP NAS devices are reporting through QNAP forum discussions of mysterious code that adds some entries that prevent software update.

Users of the Network attached storage devices manufactured have reported a mystery string of malware attacks that disabled software updates by hijacking entries in host machines’ hosts file.

According to the users, the malicious code adds some 700 entries to the /etc/hosts file that redirects requests to IP address

The user ianch99 in the QNAP NAS community forum reported that the antivirus ClamAV was failing to update due to host file entries.

“Since recent firmware updates, the ClamAV Antivirus fails to update due to 700+ entries in /etc/hosts, all set to e.g.” wrote
the user ianch99.


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