The OmniSwitch 7700/7800 running Alcatel Operating System (AOS) version 5.1.1 has TCP port 6778 listening as a telnet server. This gives anyone access to the OmniSwitch's Vx-Works operating system without requiring a password.
During an NMAP audit of the AOS 5.1.1 code that runs on the Alcatel OmniSwitch 7700/7800 LAN switches, it was determined a telnet server was listening on TCP port number 6778. This was used during development to access the Wind River Vx-Works operating system. Due to an oversight, this access was not removed prior to product release.
Anyone running NMAP on AOS 5.1.1 will see port 6778 listening. The attacker is able to telnet to the port and access the OmniSwitch operating system without a password. This backdoor compromises the entire system.
1) Immediate - create an ACL blocking all access to TCP port 6778.
Thanks to Alcatel for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Alcatel's Olivier Paridaens and Jeff Hayes. This document was published by Ian A. Finlay.