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Category:   Device (Router/Bridge/Hub)  >   Apple AirPort Vendors:   Apple
Apple AirPort Wireless Base Station Discloses Administrator Password to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1006742
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1006742
CVE Reference:   CVE-2003-0270   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 14 2008
Original Entry Date:  May 12 2003
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Apple's AirPort wireless base station. A remote user that is monitoring the network can potentially obtain administrator passwords.

@stake reported that the administrative interface sends the administrator's password over the network without encryption to TCP port 5009 on the device. A remote user can sniff the network and decode the password.

The report indicates that the password is obfuscated by an XOR operation against a static, pre-defined key. The key can readily be determined through testing, the report stated.

[Editor's note: @stake does not permit us to redistribute the original text of their advisories. The advisory is available at http://www.atstake.com/research/advisories/2003/a051203-1.txt]

Impact:   A remote user can monitor the network to determine the administrative password.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry. The vendor reportedly recommends that you administer the device via a "wired connection" or via a WEP-protected wireless connection.
Vendor URL:  www.apple.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.


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