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Category:   Device (Router/Bridge/Hub)  >   U.S. Robotics Router Vendors:   U.S. Robotics
US Robotics Broadband Router Discloses Administrative Password to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010433
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 8 2004
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): USR8003; firmware v1.04 08
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the US Robotics Broadband Router 8003. The router discloses passwords in clear text via the HTML interface.

Fernando Sanchez reported that the device uses a non-secure HTML interface and provides the administrative password in the HTML login form.

The vendor has reportedly been notified.

Impact:   A remote user can determine the administrative password.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  U.S. Robotics Broadband Router 8003 admin password visible

        US Robotics Broadband Router 8003 is a small home/SOHO router which
is configured using a HTML interface. This interface, as usual, asks for a
password in order to let you view or change configuration parameters. But
the password is checked first by a javascript function that just compares
two strings:

function submitF(F)
        var     loginflag,loginIP;
        var pwd;

        loginflag = 0;
        loginIP = "";

        pwd = "thisistheadminpassword" ;

        if (loginflag == 1)
                alert("Someone ( " + loginIP + " ) has logged in
as an administrator !");

        if ( F.PSW.value != pwd )
                alert("Incorrect password!");

And yes, pwd = "thisistheadminpassword" is actually showing the
administrator password. So anyone who can access the HTML administration
interface will be able to login and view or modify the device configuration.

This is true at least with firmware v1.04 08. The router firmware can be
upgraded but U.S. Robotics has not released any revision for the
8003 model yet.

I have contacted them and they have told me that the problem is not too
serious and that it can be solved by limiting the access to the router
interface to trusted people only. No mention to a firmware upgrade or
any other temporal workaround was made.

Kind regards,

Fernando Sanchez


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