Dreambox DM500 webserver long URL request denial of service
scip AG Vulnerability ID 3807 (08/29/2008)
Dreambox is a Linux-based DVB satellite, terrestrial and cable digital
television decoder (set-top box), produced by German multimedia vendor
More information is available at the official product web site at the
Marc Ruef at scip AG found an input validation error within the web
interface of the model DM500C. Other models, for example DM500S, might
be affected too.
An attacker is able to send a very long http request string (approx. 512
bytes) to the web server which will cause a denial of service. The web
interface and some parts of the operating system might not be
It is possible to exploit the vulnerability with a common web browser by
using a long url.
The http web server fingerprinting suite httprecon is able to
reproduce the problem too. Just use the test plugin get_long (activated
The Attack Tool Kit (ATK) is able to exploit this vulnerability with
the following generic ASL code (expand the long URL request):
open|send GET http://192.168.0.1/aaa(...)
HTTP/1.0\n\n|sleep|close|pattern_not_exists HTTP/1.# ### *
Because the attack is possible without further authentication, users
with access possibilities to the web server might affect the behavior of
The web interface and some parts of the operating system are not
responsible anymore. A restart of the device is required to provide full
Detection of web based attacks requires a specialized web proxy and/or
intrusion detection system. Patterns for such a detection are available
and easy to implement.
We have informed Dream Multimedia on an early stage. Our technical
requests were not answered nor confirmed. Therefore, not official
statement, patch or upgrade is available.
We suggest to close the web interface in insecure environments.
Especially the access via Internet should be prevented with restrictive
configuation settings or an additional firewall device.
VII. VENDOR RESPONSE
Dream Multimedia has been informed first at 04/30/2008 via email to
support-at-Dream-Multimedia-Tv.de. This message has been added to the
ticketing system at http://tickets.dream-multimedia-tv.de.
The same day it was assured to verify the mentioned condition. No
further response came back. Other requests remained unanswered too.
scip AG - Security Consulting Information Process (german)
scip AG Vulnerability Database (german)
computec.ch document data base (german)
IX. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
2008/04/28 Identification of the vulnerability by Marc Ruef
2008/04/30 First information to support-at-Dream-Multimedia-Tv.de
2008/04/30 Automated reply by the ticketing system (ticket id
2008/04/30 Manual response by Nils Weiberg announcing further investigation
2008/05/22 Request for current state of investigation
2008/05/22 Another response by Nils Weiberg that the research is ongoing
2008/07/15 Last request for current state of investigation
2008/07/15 Another response by Nils Weiberg without further details
2008/08/29 Public disclosure of the advisory
The vulnerability was discovered by Marc Ruef.
Marc Ruef, scip AG, Zuerich, Switzerland
A2. LEGAL NOTICES
Copyright (c) 2007-2008 scip AG, Switzerland.
Permission is granted for the re-distribution of this alert. It may not
be edited in any way without permission of scip AG.
The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time
of publishing based on currently available information. There are no
warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the
publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect or
consequential loss or damage from use of or reliance on this advisory.