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This exploit uses the Cable Haunt vulnerability to open a shell for the Sagemcom F@ST 3890 (50_10_19-T1) cable modem.

The exploit serves a website that sends a malicious websocket request to the cable modem. The request will overflow a return address in the spectrum analyzer of the cable modem and using a rop chain start listening for a tcp connection on port 1337. The server will then send a payload over this tcp connection and the modem will start executing the payload.

The payload will listen for commands to be run in the eCos shell on the cable modem and redirect STDOUT to the tcp connection.

A list of vulnerable modems can be seen in

You can find a video explaining the exploit here:

Running the exploit

Note: Windows 10 is not currently supported, you must use a Linux based OS

Install pwntools and flask for python3 and run python Now go to to exploit the cable modem. Firefox will not work for this, as the websocket is not compatible.

Now a interactive shell should pop in your terminal running the python script. If you exit the shell the modem needs to be rebooted to start a new shell.

building your own payload

if you want to compile your own payload you can grab the toolchain from aeolus and run the following command:

/<toolchain Path>/gnutools/mipsisa32-elf/bin/mipsisa32-elf-gcc -O3 -c ./reverseshell.c -o ./reverseshell.o && /<toolchain Path>/toolchains/gnutools/mipsisa32-elf/bin/mipsisa32-elf-objcopy -O binary reverseshell.o exploit.raw

building exploit for another cable modem

You can build and exploit any modem vulnerable to Cable Haunt using this technique. Go to Cable Haunt for a list of known vulnerable cable modems.

building the ROP chain

First you will need the firmware for the cable modem you're going to exploit. Then, reverse engineer the firmware to find the addresses of the relevant function for building the exploit such as socket(), bind(), accept(), listen(), recv() and connect() for a revers shell. Then Ropper can be used to find gadgets using the following command:

python --type all --all --badbytes 00c0c1f5f6f7f8f9fafbfcfdfeff2c -r -a MIPSBE -I 0x80004000 --console -f <firmware path>

Unreachable gadgets

Not all gadgets can be reached as gadgets are just addresses sent as raw bytes and not all bytes can be sent as a websocket request with text frame. fx the address 0x8080a864 can not directly be inserted in a websocket text frame as it is not a valid utf-8 character, but 0xf28080a864 can as 0xf2 means start new utf-8 symbol with 0x8080a864 as the trailing bytes. The following bytes cannot be insert because of the utf-8 specification: 0x00, 0xc0,0xc1,0xf5, 0xf6, 0xf7, 0xf8, 0xf9, 0xfa, 0xfb, 0xfc, 0xfd, 0xfe, 0xff, 0x2c. You can use to test if a address if reachable.

custom payload

You can use the process described above to compile your own payload for new cable modem but remember that the payload must not return! If it returns the process will look for a return address on the smashed stack and crash.

Extracting firmware from Cable Modems

For most modems you will need a way to access the eCos shell to extract the firmware or extracting it directly from the flash chip. These firmwares are usually packed in a format called ProgramStore If the serial console is not working try running: (might only work if coax cable is disconnected or not provisioned)

snmpset -v2c -c private i 2
snmpset -v2c -c private i 0
snmpset -v2c -c private i 2

Then the shell should be accessible, and bcm2-utils can make it easy to extract it using this shell. When reversing the extracted firmware the load/base address is (as far as we have seen) always 0x80004000.

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