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Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:40:47 +0100
From: "Tom Neaves" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Subject: Netgear DG632 Router Authentication Bypass Vulnerability

Product Name: Netgear DG632 Router
Date: 15 June, 2009
Author: <>
Original URL:
Discovered: 18 November, 2006
Disclosed: 15 June, 2009


The Netgear DG632 router has a web interface which runs on port 80.  This
allows an admin to login and administer the device's settings. 
Authentication of
this web interface is handled by a script called "webcm" residing in 
which redirects to the relevant pages depending on successful user 
Vulnerabilities in this interface enable an attacker to access files and 
without authentication.


The "webcm" script handles user authentication and attempts to load 
(via javascript below).  The "indextop.htm" page requires authentication 
(HTTP Basic Authorization).


<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function loadnext() {
<body bgcolor="#ffffff" onload="loadnext()" >

Loading file ...
<form method="POST" action="../cgi-bin/webcm" id="uiPostForm">
<input type="hidden" name="nextpage" value="../html/indextop.htm" 


If a valid password to the default "admin" user is supplied, the script then 
continues to load
the "indextop.htm" page and continues to load the other frames based on a 
hidden field.  If user
authentication is unsuccessful, the user is returned back to 
"../cgi-bin/webcm".  It is possible
to bypass the "webcm" script and access specific files directly without the 
need for authentication.

Normal use:

This would ask for the user to authenticate and would refuse access to this 
file if authentication
details were not known.  All the script is doing is making sure 
authentication is forced upon the user.
The same "stattbl.htm" file can be accessed without having to provide any 
authentication using the
following URL:


Another example:
(returns 401 - Forbidden)

Bypassing the "webcm" script:
(returns 200 - OK)

In the example above (modemmenu.htm), the full source can be viewed which 
discloses further directories
and files within the javascript of the page. A sample of files disclosed 
within modemmenu.htm and available
to download are:

/html/utility.js (full source)

There are many other files that are accessible by calling them directly 
instead of going via the "webcm" script,
the above are just a sample. In addition, it is possible to specify paths to 
the "webcm" script as shown below:


This allows an attacker to enumerate what files and directories exist within 
the www root directory and beyond
by using 200, 403 and 404 errors as a guide.

Affected Versions: Firmware V3.4.0_ap (others unknown)


12 June, 2009 - Contacted vendor.
15 June, 2009 - Vendor responded.  Stated the DG632 is an end of life 
product and is no
longer supported in a production and development sense, as such, there will 
be no further
firmware releases to resolve this issue.


Discovered by Tom Neaves 

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