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Vulnerability title: Remote SSL VPN Endpoint Identity Not Verified In Viprinet Multichannel VPN Router 300

CVE: CVE-2014-9754, CVE-2014-9755
Vendor: Viprinet
Product: Multichannel VPN Router 300
Affected version: 2013070830/2013080900
Fixed version: 2014013131/2014020702
Reported by: Tim Brown


In order for the hardware VPN client on the affected device to establish a VPN channel it connects to the remote VPN endpoint and initiates an SSL connection using TLSv1.1. It then initiates the following exchange (protocol version 2):

client> VERSION 3
server> ERROR
client> VERSION 2
server> +OK Protocol version 2 chosen
client> TUNNEL test
server> +OK Tunnel chosen
client> PASS test
server> +OK You are now authenticated
client> CHANNEL test
server> +OK Channel selected
client> DATA

The hardware VPN client does not validate the remote VPN endpoint identity (through the checking of the endpoint's SSL key) before initiating the exchange.

In this example, we perform a downgrade attack from protocol version 3 to protocol version 2, however as noted in the impact, version 3 of the protocol is similarly affected.

Note: MITRE have assigned CVE-2014-9754 to reference the missing certificate validation and CVE-2014-9755 to reference the protocol downgrade attack.


An attacker could perform an active "Man-In-The-Middle" attack. The underlying protocol is text based and can easily be manipulated. On version 2 of the protocol, the password is sent in plain text, whilst on version 3, the password is obfuscated using a fixed SHA based HMAC. Irrespective of the protocol version, this also allows for replay attacks.


The proof of concept exploit is available.


The vendor has released a patch.

Vendor status:

30/01/2014 Initial vendor contact established
30/01/2014 Vendor responded
03/11/2015 MITRE assigned CVE-2014-9754 and CVE-2014-9755
03/11/2015 Published

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