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Improper Authentication


Severity High
Score 7.5/10


cgi/b on the BT Home Hub router allows remote attackers to bypass authentication, and read or modify administrative settings or make arbitrary VoIP telephone calls, by placing a character at the end of the PATH_INFO, as demonstrated by (1) %5C (encoded backslash), (2) '%' (percent), and (3) '~' (tilde). NOTE: the '/' (slash) vector is already covered by CVE-2007-5383.

  • LOW
  • NONE

CWE-287 - Improper Authentication

Improper (or broken) authentication attacks are widespread, and have accounted for many of the worst data breaches in recent years. Improper authentication attacks are a class of vulnerabilities where an attacker impersonates a legitimate user by exploiting weaknesses in either session management or credential management to gain access to the user’s account. This can result in disclosure of sensitive information, and can lead to system compromise, theft, identity theft, and fraud.


Advisory Timeline

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