Vulnerability Note VU#500027

3Com HomeConnect Cable Modem vulnerable to DoS via long string of characters

Original Release date: 27 Dec 2001 | Last revised: 09 Apr 2003


Intruders can disrupt the normal operation of a 3Com HomeConnect Cable Modem.


The 3Com HomeConnect Cable Modem contains a web server. This web server is used to administer the cable modem. By default, this web server is configured to allow any user (local or remote) to connect to 80/tcp.


If an intruder connects to the web server and issues a specially crafted GET request, the cable modem will reset. When the modem resets, it will lose all of it's network configuration information along with any other configuration data. Until this data is restored, the hosts on the internal side of the cable modem will have no connectivity to the outside network.


The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.


Configure the cable modem to filter 80/tcp.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
3ComUnknown-27 Dec 2001
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The CERT/CC thanks Alex S. Harasic for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ian A. Finlay.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2001-1293
  • Date Public: 26 Sep 2001
  • Date First Published: 27 Dec 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 09 Apr 2003
  • Severity Metric: 7.50
  • Document Revision: 18


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