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Nexans FTTO GigaSwitch Outdated Components / Hardcoded Backdoor

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`SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20220615-0 >  
title: Hardcoded Backdoor User and Outdated Software Components  
product: Nexans FTTO GigaSwitch industrial/office switches HW version 5  
vulnerable version: See "Vulnerable / tested versions"  
fixed version: V6.02N, V7.02  
CVE number: CVE-2022-32985  
impact: High  
found: 2020-05-25  
by: T. Weber (Office Vienna)  
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab  
An integrated part of SEC Consult, an Atos company  
Europe | Asia | North America  
Vendor description:  
"As a global player in the cable industry, Nexans is behind the scenes  
delivering the innovative services and resilient products that carry thousands  
of watts of energy and terabytes of data per second around the world. Millions  
of homes, cities, businesses are powered every day by Nexans’ high-quality  
sustainable cabling solutions. We help our customers meet the challenges they  
face in the fields of energy infrastructure, energy resources, transport,  
buildings, telecom and data, providing them with solutions and services for the  
most complex cable applications in the most demanding environments."  
Business recommendation:  
The vendor provides a patch which should be installed immediately.  
SEC Consult recommends to perform a thorough security review of these  
products conducted by security professionals to identify and resolve all  
security issues.  
Vulnerability overview/description:  
1) Outdated Vulnerable Software Components  
A static scan with the IoT Inspector (ONEKEY) revealed outdated software packages that  
are used in the devices' firmware. Four of them were verified by using the  
MEDUSA scalable firmware runtime.  
2) Hardcoded Backdoor User (CVE-2022-32985)  
A hardcoded root user was found in "/etc/passwd". In combination with the  
invoked dropbear SSH daemon in the library, it can be used on port  
50201 and 50200 to login on a system shell.  
Proof of concept:  
1) Outdated Vulnerable Software Components  
Based on an automated scan with the IoT Inspector (ONEKEY) the following third party  
software packages were found to be outdated:  
Firmware version 6.02L:  
BusyBox 1.20.2  
Dropbear SSH 2012.55  
GNU glibc 2.17  
lighttpd 1.4.48  
OpenSSL 1.0.2h  
The following CVEs were verified with MEDUSA scalable firmware emulation:  
* CVE-2015-9261 (Unzip)  
The crafted ZIP archive "x_6170921383890712452.bin" was taken from:  
Execution inside the firmware emulation:  
bash-4.2# unzip x_6170921383890712452.bin  
Archive: x_6170921383890712452.bin  
inflating: ]3j½r«IK-%Ix  
do_page_fault(): sending SIGSEGV to unzip for invalid read access from 735ededc  
epc = 0044bb28 in busybox[400000+99000]  
ra = 0044b968 in busybox[400000+99000]  
Segmentation fault  
* CVE-2015-0235 (gethostbyname "GHOST" buffer overflow)  
PoC code was taken from:  
* CVE-2015-7547 (getaddrinfo buffer overflow)  
PoC code was taken from:  
-bash-4.4# python /medusa_exploits/ &  
[1] 259  
-bash-4.4# chroot /medusa_rootfs/ bin/bash  
bash-4.2# cd /medusa_exploits/  
bash-4.2# ./cve-2015-7547_glibc_getaddrinfo  
[UDP] Total Data len recv 36  
[UDP] Total Data len recv 36  
Connected with  
[TCP] Total Data len recv 76  
[TCP] Request1 len recv 36  
[TCP] Request2 len recv 36  
Segmentation fault  
* CVE-2017-16544 (shell autocompletion vulnerability)  
A file with the name "\ectest\n\e]55;test.txt\a" was created to trigger the  
# ls "pressing <TAB>"  
2) Hardcoded Backdoor User (CVE-2022-32985)  
The hardcoded system user, reachable via the dropbear SSH daemon was found due  
to multiple indications on the system. The undocumented root user itself was  
contained in the "passwd" file:  
Content of the file "/etc/passwd".  
A suspicious port for the SSH daemon was chosen in the config file of dropbear:  
Content of the file "/etc/init.d/dropbear":  
DESC="Dropbear SSH server"  
DROPBEAR_PORT="50200 -p 50201"  
This is invoked from "/usr/lib/", which can be seen in the  
following pseudo-code:  
void dropbear_server_init(char param_1)  
__pid_t __pid;  
char *pcVar1;  
int aiStack16 [2];  
__pid = fork();  
if (__pid == 0) {  
__pid = fork();  
if (__pid != 0) {  
/* WARNING: Subroutine does not return */  
if (param_1 == '\0') {  
pcVar1 = "/etc/init.d/dropbear stop";  
else {  
pcVar1 = "/etc/init.d/dropbear start"; <---  
else {  
This function is called if a specific command is issued in the CLI interface:  
iVar6 = telnet_cmp_command((char *)(param_3 + 0xf2),"ssh",2);  
if (iVar6 != 0) {  
if (param_2 < 4) {  
netbuf_fwd_sprintf(param_1,"\r\n%%Error: Parameter missing\r\n");  
iVar6 = shared_mem_get_addr(&var_shm);  
iVar7 = shared_mem_get_addr(&var_shm);  
uVar8 = shared_mem_read_u8(&var_shm,iVar7 + 0x161a);  
shared_mem_write_u8(&var_shm,iVar6 + 0x161a,uVar8 & 0xff | 0x10);  
iVar6 = telnet_cmp_command((char *)(param_3 + 0x16b),"start",1);  
if (iVar6 != 0) {  
dropbear_server_init('\x01'); <---  
netbuf_fwd_sprintf(param_1,"Starting dropbear...\r\n");  
iVar6 = telnet_cmp_command((char *)(param_3 + 0x16b),"stop",1);  
if (iVar6 != 0) {  
dropbear_server_init('\0'); <---  
netbuf_fwd_sprintf(param_1,"Stopping dropbear...\r\n");  
netbuf_fwd_sprintf(param_1,"Uknown dropbear command...\r\n");  
The mentioned library is used in the CLI program that is running on the device.  
Vulnerable / tested versions:  
The following firmware versions have been tested:  
* Nexans FTTO GigaSwitch HW Version 5 (all industrial/office switches) / Firmware 6.02L  
* Nexans FTTO GigaSwitch HW Version 5 (all industrial/office switches) / Firmware 5.04M  
Vendor contact timeline:  
2020-05-28: Contacting the vendor's PSIRT under the following link:  
No answer.  
2020-06-08: Contacting vendor again via [email protected]. Extended  
deadline by 11 days.  
2020-06-16: Telephone call with Nexans representative. Security advisory was  
received. It will be reviewed to confirm the found issues.  
2020-06-26: Telephone call with Nexans representative. Nexans is working on the  
reported issues and will remove the dropbear daemon as first  
2020-08-04: Vendor stated that a fix for the outdated software components will  
be available in November.  
2020-11-12: Asked for status update.  
2020-11-16: Contact stated, that firmware test will need more time. Updates are  
estimated to be ready in Q1 of 2020.  
2020-11-20: Vendor confirmed Q1 as estimated disclosure date.  
2021-01-21: Asked for status update; Vendor stated that the release with all  
fixes is aimed to be published end of Q1.  
2021-03-09: Asked for status update.  
2021-03-17: Vendor stated that the firmware is in testing stage. The fixed  
firmware will be released in May.  
2021-06-10: Asked for status update.  
2021-06-14: Vendor stated that the firmware is not ready due to COVID19 and  
homeschooling. The fixed firmware will be released end of August.  
2021-08-31: Asked for status update.  
2021-09-07: Vendor stated that the fixed firmware will be ready end of 2021.  
2022-05-23: Informed vendor that the advisory will be released mid of June 2022.  
2022-05-24: Firmware V7.02 is available for download which fixes most outdated  
components issues.  
2022-06-15: Release of security advisory.  
The vendor provides an updated firmware here:  
Firmware version V6.02N has the backdoor removed and was already published a while ago.  
Version V7.02 also has the backdoor removed and most of the outdated software issues.  
Advisory URL:  
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