Reporter Tim Brown
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I've found a number of low risk issues with Mentor's ADSLFR4II router. I
initially spoke to them on the 20th July, passing them full details of my
findings on the 21st of July. I then emailed them again on the 4th of
August asking for an update and notifying them of my intent to publish
after close of business on the 11th of August unless I recieved adequate
assurance that they are working on these issues. As it stands, I've had
no contact since the 21st July and therefore have decided to publish this
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Nth Dimension Security Advisory (NDSA20050719)
Date: 19th July 2005
Author: Tim Brown <mailto:email@example.com>
URL: <http://www.nth-dimension.org.uk/> / <http://www.machine.org.uk/>
Product: ADSL-FR4II router (firmware v.2.00.0111 2004.04.09)
Vendor: Mentor <http://www.bona.com.tw/>
This product has 4 vulnerabilities.
1) An undocumented port 5678/tcp is open on the internal interface,
which allows access to the web application used to administer the
2) There is no default password configured for the web application
user to administer the router.
3) The routers state table for active TCP connections to the device
is such that a simple scan of all ports will prevent the router
responding to valid connections to open TCP ports.
4) Backup configuration files downloaded from the router contain
the administrative password for the web application used to configure
the router in plain text.
1) Connecting to port 5678/tcp on the routers internal IP with a web
browser presents the same web application as can be found on port
80/tcp. It may therefore be possible to access the application even
where internal firewalls are blocking access to port 80/tcp. This
would be of particular concern if there is another password that
will allow access to the application in a similar manner to that
described in http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/12507.
2) By default, the web appplication used to administer the router
does not have a password configured. If a password is not configured
then in combination with vulnerability 1 it may be possible to
compromise the router.
3) Running scanrand <ip>:all will prevent the router responding to
valid connections to open TCP ports on either the external or internal
interface, most likely due to the state table becoming full.
4) Running strings over backup configuration files downloaded from
the router reveals the administrative password for the web application
used to configure the router in plain text. If a system holding
one of these backup configuration files is compromised then it may be
possible to compromise the router.
Unfortunately, Nth Dimension are unware of any fixes for these issues
at the current time.
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