I noticed a security issue in my Netgear CG3000v2 cable modem, as
provided by Optus (an Australian phone/communications provider).
The "admin password" can be changed on the web interface, without
providing the current password. The page
prompts for old and new passwords (and repeat of new), but in fact
ignores the old password provided, and changes the password to the
new one, regardless.
This issue could be exploited via CSRF, to change the password
while the user happens to be logged in. I do not know what
practical benefit an attacker would then gain; maybe not much,
seeing how most modems would be left at the default setting of
admin/password as per
I do not know whether the same issue affects other modems or routers.
I reported the issue to Netgear (support case #26592620) but they
did not seem interested.
Paul Szabo email@example.com http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/psz/
School of Mathematics and Statistics University of Sydney Australia