The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has recently discovered several vulnerabilities in the Alcatel Speed Touch line of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) modems. These vulnerabilities are the result of weak authentication and access control policies and result in one or more of the following impacts: unauthorized access, unauthorized monitoring, information leakage, denial of service, and permanent disability of affected devices.
The SDSC has published additional information regarding these vulnerabilities at http://security.sdsc.edu/self-help/alcatel/.
The Alcatel Speed Touch ADSL modem ships with a null default password, permitting unauthenticated access via TELNET, HTTP, and FTP. As with the EXPERT account vulnerability (VU#243592), the device must have an externally accessible IP address.
Unless the user or internet service provider changes the default password of an affected device, a remote attacker can access the modem via TELNET, HTTP, or FTP. In the case of TELNET and HTTP, this vulnerability grants the attacker read and write access to device configuration. For FTP, this vulnerability allows the attacker to browse the file structure of the affected device.
Set a password for your ADSL modem
The CERT Coordination Center would like to thank Tom Perrine and Tsutomu Shimomura of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for notifying us about this problem and their help in constructing this advisory.
This document is based on research by the SDSC and was written by Cory Cohen and Jeffrey P. Lanza.