Ledger patches vulnerability after multiple DApps using connector library were compromised
Update (Dec. 14 at 2:45 pm UTC): This article has been updated to clarify that Ledger has reportedly fixed the issue.
The front end of multiple decentralized applications (DApps) using Ledger’s connector, including Zapper, SushiSwap, Phantom, Balancer and Revoke.cash were compromised on Dec. 14. Nearly three hours after the security breach was discovered, Ledger reported that the malicious version of the file had been replaced with its genuine version around 1:35 pm UTC.
Ledger is warning users “to always Clear Sign” transactions, adding that the addresses and the information presented on the Ledger screen are the only genuine information. “If there’s a difference between the screen shown on your Ledger device and your computer/phone screen, stop that transaction immediately.”
SushiSwap chief technical officer Matthew Lilleywas among the first to report the issue, noting that a commonly used Web3 connector was compromised, allowing malicious code to be injected into numerous DApps. The on-chain analyst said the Ledger library confirmed the compromise where the vulnerable code inserted the drainer account address.
Ledger connector is a library used by many DApps and maintained by Ledger. A wallet drainer has been added, so draining assets from a user’s account might not happen on its own. However, prompts from a browser wallet like MetaMask will display and could give malicious actors access to the assets.
Lilley warned users to avoid any DApps using the Ledger connector, adding that the “connect-kit” is also vulnerable, and that this isn’t a single isolated attack but a large-scale attack on multiple DApps.
Polygon Labs vice president Hudson Jameson said even after Ledger corrects the bad code in its library, projects using and deploying the library will need to update before it is safe to use DApps using Ledger’s Web3 libraries.
Ido Ben-Natan, co-founder and CEO of Blockaid, told Cointelegraph:
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Ledger acknowledged the vulnerability in its code and said it has “removed a malicious version of the Ledger Connect Kit,” adding that “a genuine version is being pushed to replace the malicious file now.“
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