Various WiMAX CPEs authentication bypass vulnerabilities

We have published an accompanying blog post to this technical advisory with

further information:

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20170607-0 >


title: Various WiMAX CPEs Authentication Bypass

product: see "Vulnerable / tested versions"

vulnerable version: see "Vulnerable / tested versions"

fixed version:

CVE number:

impact: Critical


found: 2016-08-22

by: Stefan Viehböck (Office Vienna)

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Vendor description:


Various vendors are affected. See "Vulnerable / tested versions".


Business recommendation:


SEC Consult recommends to decommission affected devices.


Vulnerability overview/description:


Various WiMAX CPEs are vulnerable to an authentication bypass. An attacker

can set arbitrary configuration values without prior authentication.

The vulnerability is located in commit2.cgi (implemented in


Proof of concept:


The following HTTP request sets the admin username and password (configuration

ADMIN_PASSWD) to "admin".

An attacker can now login in with admin permissions.

POST /commit2.cgi HTTP/1.1


Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

Content-Length: 47



Vulnerable / tested versions:


The vulnerability was found in the firmware of various WiMAX CPEs.

A list of "likely" affected products is below. The firmware of these products was

developed by ZyXEL and is likely based on the MediaTek SDK.


The relation with Huawei, ZTE, MADA etc. is not clear, possibly ODM/OEM/OBM.

GreenPacket OX350 (Version: ?)

GreenPacket OX-350 (Version: ?)

Huawei BM2022 (Version: v2.10.14)

Huawei HES-309M (Version: ?)

Huawei HES-319M (Version: ?)

Huawei HES-319M2W (Version: ?)

Huawei HES-339M (Version: ?)

MADA Soho Wireless Router (Version: v2.10.13)

ZTE OX-330P (Version: ?)

ZyXEL MAX218M (Version: 2.00(UXG.0)D0)

ZyXEL MAX218M1W (Version: 2.00(UXE.3)D0)

ZyXEL MAX218MW (Version: 2.00(UXD.2)D0)

ZyXEL MAX308M (Version: 2.00(UUA.3)D0)

ZyXEL MAX318M (Version: ?)

ZyXEL MAX338M (Version: ?)


It is _very likely_, that other products are affected as well.


On some devices remote HTTP/HTTPS administration via the WAN connection is



Vendor contact timeline:


2016-09-09: Sending advisory draft to Huawei PSIRT.

2016-09-09: Huawei confirms receipt of advisory. Starts investigation.

2016-09-23: Huawei states that affected products are End of Service (EOS) since 2014.

2016-10-08: Sending questions regarding other affected vendors and relation to the vendors.

2016-11-22: Huawei states that they cannot share requested information.

2017-04-04: Informing CERT/CC.

2017-06-07: Coordinated release of security advisory.




None available.




Restrict network access to the web interface from WAN.


Advisory URL:




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EOF Stefan Viehböck / @2017