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Category:   Device (Router/Bridge/Hub)  >   Linksys Router Vendors:   Linksys
Linksys Router Installation/Upgrade Flaw Lets Remote Users Gain Administrative Access
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1029769
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2013-5122   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 17 2014
Impact:   User access via network
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): EA2700, EA3500, E4200, EA4500
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in some Linksys Routers. A remote user can gain administrative access to the target system.

During the installation and upgrade process, a remote user can connect to TCP port 8083 on the WAN interface to access portions of the administrative interface even though the console indicates that remote access is disabled.

On some systems, TCP port 443 may also be open.

The vendor was notified in July 2013.

Kyle Lovett and Matt Claunch reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can gain administrative access on the target system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Full Disclosure - Linksys EA2700, EA3500, E4200 and EA4500 - Authentication Bypass to Administrative Console

Vulnerable products : Linksys EA2700, EA3500, E4200, EA4500

Due to an unknown bug, which occurs by every indication during the
installation and/or upgrade process, port 8083 will often open,
allowing for direct bypass of authentication to the "classic Linksys
GUI" administrative console for remote unauthenticated users.

If vulnerable, an attacker would have complete control of the routers
administrative features and functions.

On affected models by simply browsing to:


a user will be placed into the admin console, with no prompt for
authentication. Moreover, by browsing to:


the following four cgi scripts (often there are more depending on the
firmware and model) can also be found.


It has been observed that Port 443 will show as open to external scans
when the vulnerability exists, though not all routers with this open
port are affected. On the http header for port 8083, for those
affected, "Basic Setup" is the only item of note observed.

An end user should not rely on the router's GUI interface for the
status of remote access, as this bug is present when the console shows
remote access as disabled.

CVE ID: 2013-5122
CWE-288: Authentication Bypass Using an Alternate Path or Channel
CVSS Base Score 10
CVSS Temporal Score 8.1
Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

The vendor was first notified of this bug in July 2013, and several
follow-up conversations have occurred since that time.

No known patches or official fixes exist, though some workaround
fixes, including reinstallation of the firmware have been often shown
to solve the issue. This is not an official workaround and it is
strongly advised to contact Linksys support for additional


- Scan for an open port 8083 from the WAN side of the router to check
for this particular vulnerability.
- Since an attacker has access to enable FTP service, USB drives
mounted on those routers which have them, should be removed until an
official fix is out or vulnerability of the router has been ruled out.

Research Contacts: Kyle Lovett and Matt Claunch
Discovered - July 2013
Updated - February 2014

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