after informing Netgear about the unsafe handling of passwords on their WG102 Access Points nothing happened for several weeks. To inform other users about the potential threat to their networks I decided to share my findings.
WG102 offers the the typical SNMP write & SNMP read community password 'protection'. SNMPv2 is already known for weak security, yet NETGEAR goes one step further:
the SNMP write community (password) is accessible in cleartext via the MIB which is readable via the SNMP read community.
- Netgear WG102
- with Firmware 4.0.16
- Firmware 4.0.27 (latest as of 2009-01-09)
- other firmwares and similar products probably have the same bug (just an assumption!)
- leakage of admin/write password
- Once an attacker has SNMP write acccess, she can freely reconfigure the access point. Including e.g. redirect RADIUS authentication to a rogue server.
enable snmp (default) and set different SNMP write/read passwords.
then on a different machine do:
snmpwalk -c READPASSWORD -v2c IP SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.4526.4.3
the passwords are stored in ...45184.108.40.206.4.0 and ...45220.127.116.11.5.0
do not enable SNMP at all. vendor fix required.
'Harm S.I. Vaittes'