Talos Vulnerability Report


Robustel R1510 web_server /action/import_authorized_keys/ OS command injection vulnerability

October 14, 2022
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An OS command injection vulnerability exists in the web_server /action/import_authorized_keys/ functionality of Robustel R1510 3.1.16 and 3.3.0. A specially-crafted network request can lead to arbitrary command execution. An attacker can send a sequence of requests 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.

Robustel R1510 3.1.16
Robustel R1510 3.3.0


R1510 - https://www.robustel.com/en/product/r1510-industrial-cellular-vpn-router/


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


CWE-78 - Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an OS Command (‘OS Command Injection’)


The R1510 is an industrial cellular router. It offers several advanced software features like an innovative use of Open VPN, Cloud management, data over-use guard, smart reboot and others.

The R1510’s web_server offers an API to add, for the logged users, the SSH authorization keys.

Here is the /action/import_authorized_keys/ API that manages the imports of the SSH authorization keys:

void /action/import_authorized_keys/(Webs *webs)

      user_username = uci_get("user_management.username");
      iVar1 = dir_exists(admin_ssh_folder);
      if (iVar1 == 0) {
        sysprintf("mkdir -p %s",admin_ssh_folder);
        sysprintf("chmod 700 %s",admin_ssh_folder);
      iVar1 = scaselessmatch(webs->method,"POST");
      if (iVar1 != 0) {
        for (current_file = (WebsKey *)hashFirst(webs->files); current_file != (WebsKey *)0x0;
            current_file = (WebsKey *)hashNext(webs->files,current_file)) {
          sysprintf("cp -rf \"%s\" %s/authorized_keys",
                    ((current_file->content).WebsUpload)->temp_filename,admin_ssh_folder);              [1]

This function will fetch the admin-chosen username, create the /home/<ADMIN_USERNAME>/.ssh folder and set the right permissions for it. Then it will iterate over the request’s files and import those using the instruction at [1]. This instruction uses the sysprintf function that will first execute the vsnprintf function with the provided arguments, then use the output as argument for the system function. So, the instruction will copy the uploaded file from the temporary upload location to the /home/<ADMIN_USERNAME>/.ssh/authorized_keys folder, executing cp -rf \"<TEMP_LOCATION>\" /home/<ADMIN_USERNAME>/.ssh/authorized_keys.

The web_server offers the possibility to change the admin username. The API responsible to do so is /ajax/webs_uci_set_super_user/:

undefined4 /ajax/webs_uci_set_super_user/(Webs *webs)


      new_username = websGetVar(webs,"new_username",0);
      is_not_empty = string_is_not_empty(new_username);
      if ((is_not_empty == 0) ||
         (does_not_match = string_reg_verify(new_username,
                                    "^[a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!][a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!\\-]{4,32 }$"
                                   ), does_not_match == 0)) {                                           [2]
        old_password = websGetVar(webs,"old_password",0);
        is_error = string_reg_verify(old_password,
                                  "^[a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!][a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!\\-]{4,32}$ "
        if (is_error == 0) {
          new_password = websGetVar(webs,"new_password",0);
          is_error = string_reg_verify(new_password,
                                    "^[a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!][a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!\\-]{4,32 }$"
          if (is_error == 0) {
            current_password = uci_get("user_management.password");
            is_error = string_matched(old_password,current_password);
            if (is_error == 0) {
              websWrite(webs,"{name: \"%s\", reason: \"%s\"}","old_password","not match");
            else {
              is_error = string_is_not_empty(new_username);
              if (((is_error == 0) ||
                  (is_error = uci_set("user_management.username",new_username), is_error == 0)) &&      [3]
                 (is_error = uci_set("user_management.password",new_password), iVar1 == 0)) {
                res = "OK";

This function will take the request’s new_username parameter and checks at [2], if it is in a valid format. The same goes for the password parameters. Then, at [3], the new_username is committed as the new one.

Because the new_username valid format is ^[a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!][a-zA-Z0-9@\\#\\.\\$\\*\\!\\-]{4,32 }$, it is allowed to use special characters that can be interpreted in the unix shell. So, crafting a specific admin username and then using the /action/import_authorized_keys/ API would lead to a command injection at [1].


2022-07-13 - Vendor Disclosure
2022-10-14 - Public Release


Discovered by Francesco Benvenuto of Cisco Talos.