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Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual Band N+ router contains multiple vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Note VU#201168

Original Release Date: 2015-08-31 | Last Revised: 2016-09-22


Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual Band N+ router, model F9K1102 v2 with firmware version 2.10.17 and possibly earlier, contains multiple vulnerabilities.


CWE-330: Use of Insufficiently Random Values - CVE-2015-5987

DNS queries originating from the Belkin N600, such as those to resolve the names of firmware update and NTP servers, use predictable TXIDs that start at 0x0002 and increase incrementally. An attacker with the ability to spoof DNS responses can cause the router to contact incorrect or malicious hosts under the attacker's control.

CWE-319: Cleartext Transmission of Sensitive Information

Belkin uses HTTP by default for checking and transmitting firmware update information to vulnerable routers. An attacker capable of conducting man-in-the-middle attacks can manipulate traffic to block updates or inject arbitrary files.

CWE-255: Credentials Management - CVE-2015-5988

Belkin N600 by default does not set a password for the web management interface. A local area network (LAN) attacker can gain privileged access to the web management interface or leverage the default absence of credentials in remote attacks such as cross-site request forgery.

CWE-603: Use of Client-Side Authentication - CVE-2015-5989

When a password is implemented in the Belkin N600 web management interface, authorization is enforced client-side by the browser. By intercepting packets from the embedded server containing the strings "LockStatus": "1" and "Login_Success": "0" and modifying the values to "2" and "1" respectively, an attacker can bypass authentication and gain full, privileged access to restricted pages of the web management interface.

CWE-352: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) - CVE-2015-5990

Belkin N600 routers contain a global cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. An attacker can perform actions with the same permissions as a victim user, provided the victim has an active session and is induced to trigger the malicious request. Note that in default configurations lacking password protection, an attacker can establish an active session as part of an attack and does not require a victim to be logged in.

The CVSS score below describes CVE-2015-5990.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to spoof DNS responses to cause vulnerable devices to contact attacker-controlled hosts or induce an authenticated user into making an unintentional request to the web server that will be treated as an authentic request. A LAN-based attacker can bypass authentication to take complete control of vulnerable devices.


Apply an update

As of May 5, 2016, Belkin has made firmware version 2.14.03 available to address most of the reported vulnerabilities. Note that CVE-2015-5988 is still not addressed, as there is still no password requirement or prompt instructing users to create a password.

Users are encouraged to update to the latest firmware release and to implement strong passwords. Users unable or unwilling to update should still consider the following workaround guidance.

Restrict access and use strong passwords

As a general good security practice, only allow trusted hosts to connect to the LAN. Implement strong passwords for WiFi and for the web management interface. While passwords do not provide any additional security against LAN-based attackers due to the authentication bypass vulnerability, passwords can help to prevent blind guessing attempts that would establish sessions for CSRF attacks. LAN hosts should not browse the Internet while the web management interface has an active session in a browser tab.

Note that there are no practical workarounds for the DNS spoofing or firmware over HTTP issues, as general users are unlikely to be able to monitor traffic entering the router's WAN port.

Vendor Information


Belkin, Inc. Affected

Notified:  July 17, 2015 Updated: August 25, 2015



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor References


The Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual Band router, model F9K1102 v2 with firmware version 2.10.17 and possibly earlier, is affected

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 6.8 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Temporal 6.1 E:POC/RL:U/RC:C
Environmental 4.6 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



These vulnerabilities were reported by Joel Land of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Joel Land.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2015-5987, CVE-2015-5988, CVE-2015-5989, CVE-2015-5990
Date Public: 2015-08-31
Date First Published: 2015-08-31
Date Last Updated: 2016-09-22 19:48 UTC
Document Revision: 35

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