Wed Feb 27 17:47:42 CET 2008

Netgear SSL312 VPN Router DoS

Author Sebastian "Rembrandt" Rother
Date 2008-02-27
Affected Software propietary CGI
Affected OS Netgear embedded Linux for the SSL312 router. Propably other devices are affected as well
Type Denial of Service

ISS X-Force48605
VUPEN IDADV-2009-0407

Trying to fix it responsible and get in contact with the vendor:

-- ZDI --
Case Opened 2008-12-28 07:57 GMT-6
Case Closed 2009-01-15 17:01 GMT-6

"After some deliberation we have unfortunately decided that we won't be accepting bugs affecting NetGear products."
-- END --

Contacting Netgear and 2009-02-01 12:25 GTM+1
No reaction, release: 2009-02-06 23:59 GTM+1
Netgear VPN router SSL312 is prone to a remote DoS condition which can get triggered if somebody has access to the webinterface of the VPN router. The problem is related to a propietary CGI binary and makes is impossible for users to patch the router. Further in detail analyses will show several other issues like outdated third party software (e.g. the webserver) and further problems in the cgi-binary itself which won't get disclosed here.

If you download the source code the affected binary can be found at:

Steps to reproduce:

Visit the Netgear SSL312 VPN router webinterface.
You will see a login field and a password field.
Just enter any random data and proceed.

The URL will include a path like:

If you modify the URL as below and resend your http request the device will
crash and needs a hard reboot.

Example network affected by this: StudiVZ

Simple google dork:
intitle:SSL-VPN intext:password inurl:/cgi-bin/welcome

Preventing others to gain access to the webinterface of the router prevents the attack.

Posted by Sebastian Rother | Permanent link | File under: denial_of_service, authentication