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Siemens SANTIS 50 Authentication Vulnerability
From: luca.carettoni () securenetwork it
Date: 25 Jul 2005 13:45:22 -0000

Secure Network - Security Research Advisory

Vuln name: [Siemens SANTIS 50 Authentication Vulnerability]

Systems affected:
Siemens Santis 50 Wireless router (firmware version:

Likely to be affected:
Ericsson HN294dp
Dynalink RTA300W

Severity: medium risk
Local/Remote: Remote (limited to the LAN, with default configuration)
Vendor URL: http://www.dynalink.com.au/modemsadsl_dis.htm?prod=RTA300W#
                    http://help.virgilio.it/guide/index.jsp? id=5080&id_figlio=5541  (italian Internet provider)

Author(s): Luca Carettoni - luca.carettoni () securenetwork it

Vendor disclosure: 17th July 2005
Vendor acknowledged: Not acknowledged
Public disclosure: 25th July 2005
Advisory number: SN-2005-01
Advisory URL: http://www.securenetwork.it/advisories/

*** SUMMARY ***

The Siemens Santis 50 Wireless router is a wi-fi (802.11b) ADSL router. It's a complete system for home and small 
business networks in a single device.

Some features include:
- Integrated WLAN for internet sharing
- ADSL Modem/Router/Firewall/Switch
- 10/100 Mbps 4 port switch built in
- Stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall
- Wireless Access Point
- VPN passthrough

Telecom Italia Net (one of the largest italian Internet providers) delivers this device to its ADSL customers, so in 
Italy it's a common device used in SOHO and SMB networks.

The Siemens Santis50, the Ericsson HN294dp and the Dynalink RTA300W devices share the same hardware, so it's very 
likely that they share this vulnerability. The original project of these products was from Askey. The firmware software 
is from VirataGlobespan, bought by Conexant.

The tested (vulnerable) version of firmware is the

This bug provides access to the management CLI, without  authentication, after a DOS attack to a specific service port.


This device provides a web management interface and the classic telnet CLI for administration purposes. By default 
these services are available only from the local network, but can be optionally activated also on the WAN interface.

Sending trigger packets to the management port (280/http-mgmt), the device "freezes" the web interface, allowing 
unauthenticated  connection to the telnet CLI.

This behavior appears to be some sort of "disaster recovery mode". The set of available commands is limited to a few, 
but they are enough to discover informations about the configuration of the device and connections (events, traffic, 
ethernet addresses configuration, etc). Also critical commands like "irreversibly erase FLASH contents" are available.

*** EXPLOIT ***

A simple exploit is to use the application scanner AMAP (kudos to THC, www.thc.org).
Mojito:~ LuCa$ amap x.x.x.x 280


A vendor-provided fix is currently unavailable. An upgrade to a more recent version of firmware (v5.2.2 is currently 
available) could help, but we are unable to test this version.

An obvious workaround (and good practice) is to disable the management interface on the WAN, this obviously blocks this 
attack from external attackers.


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