Synology advises on DiskStation Manager vulnerability

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21 February 2014 | 0

The maker of popular home and business storage and multimedia solutions, Synology, has released information and fixes aimed at securing vulnerabilities in its DiskStation Manager (DSM) software.

The company said that there are confirmed security issues (reported as CVE-2013-6955 and CVE-2013-6987) which could cause compromise file access authority in DSM. An updated DSM version resolving these issues has been released accordingly.

The following are possible symptoms to appear on affected DiskStations and RackStations:

  • Exceptionally high CPU usage detected in Resource Monitor:
    CPU resource occupied by processes such as, minerd, synodns, PWNED, PWNEDb, PWNEDg, PWNEDm, or any processes with PWNED in their names
  • Appearance of non-Synology folder:
    An automatically created shared folder with the name “startup”, or a non-Synology folder appearing under the path of “/root/PWNED”
  • Redirection of the Web Station:
    “Index.php” is redirected to an unexpected page
  • Appearance of non-Synology CGI program:
    Files with meaningless names exist under the path of “/usr/syno/synoman”
  • Appearance of non-Synology script file:
    Non-Synology script files, such as “”, appear under the path of “/usr/syno/etc/rc.d”

If users identify any of above situations, they are strongly encouraged to do the following:

  • For DiskStations or RackStations running on DSM 4.3, please follow the instruction here to REINSTALL DSM 4.3-3827.
  • For DiskStations or RackStations running on DSM 4.0, it’s recommended to REINSTALL DSM 4.0-2259 or onward from
  • Synology Download Center.
  • For DiskStations or RackStations running on DSM 4.1 or DSM 4.2, it’s recommended to REINSTALL DSM 4.2-3243 or onward from Synology Download Center.

For other users who have not encountered above symptoms, it is recommended to go to DSM > Control Panel > DSM Update page, update to versions above to protect DiskStation from malicious attacks.

Synology said that it has taken immediate actions to fix vulnerability at the point of identifying malicious attacks. As the proliferation of cybercrime and increasingly sophisticated malware evolves, Synology continues to devote resources to mitigate threats and is dedicated to providing the most reliable solutions for users.

If users still notice their DiskStation behaving suspiciously after being upgraded to the latest DSM version, it is recommended that they contact


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