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Nortel's Contivity series extranet switches allow a remote user to view any file without authentication.

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Nortel's new Contivity seris extranet switches
( give administrators
the ability to enable a small HTTP server and use Nortel's web based
administration utility to handle configuration and maitenance. The server
runs atop the VxWorks operating system and is located in the directory
/system/manage. A CGI application, /system/manage/cgi/cgiproc that is used
to display the administration html pages does not properly authenticate
users prior to processing requests. An intruder can view any file on the
switch without logging in.

Method of exploitation:

pretty much a no brainer:

(interesting places to look: /system/filelist.dat, /system/version.dat,
/system/keys, /system/core, etc.)

The only entry found in the event/security logs after exploitation is

09:44:23 tEvtLgMgr 0 : Security [12] Management: Request for cgiproc
denied. requires login

Also, this same application does not properly escape metacharacters such
as '$', '!', resulting in total system crash:

Nothing is found in the security/event logs after reboot.


Tested on a Contivity 2500 running version 2.6 of the VxWorks OS. However,
the cgiproc application has been (i believe) part of the package since their
initial release, therefore earlier versions may also be affected.


I was finally able to contact Nortel about this on January 7, to open up a
case (CR# 118887 - cgiproc 'bug', CR# 118890 - DoS). A patch has been
developed and is scheduled to be released with their next shipment of the
VxWorks package.

Those administrators that have properly configured the switch, and placed
adequate access control/filtering rules on the managemnt virtual ip should
not have any immediate concerns.

- John Daniele

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