Owning Your Home Network: Router Security Revisited

Marcus Niemietz, Jörg Schwenk

W2SP 2015: Web 2.0 Security & Privacy 2015 (San Jose, California)


In this paper we investigate the Web interfaces of several DSL home routers that can be used to manage their settings via a Web browser. Our goal is to change these settings by using primary XSS and UI redressing attacks. This study evaluates routers from 10 different manufacturers (TP-Link, Netgear, Huawei, D-Link, Linksys, LogiLink, Belkin, Buffalo, Fritz!Box, and Asus). We were able to circumvent the security of all of them. To demonstrate how all devices are able to be attacked, we show how to do fast fingerprinting attacks. Furthermore, we provide countermeasures to make administration interfaces and therefore the use of routers more secure.

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Tags: Router