so maybe this is obvious, i donno...
the talk started when i told my buddy (@zenfosec) that i had this password for the firewall for this big .com site... it was one of those "it's always been that" passwords... pure speculation, anyway...
so at the end of the gig while presenting my report, i suggested they rotate the password, since they gave it to an external party. the admin laughs, and he's like "you can only get to the box from inside once i pull the rule for you".
i'm a big advocate of dropping the whole "inside" / "outside" terminology for substantial networks. the fundamental protection measures are so cheap in true cost, and the risk/benefit is clear. anywho...
so my buddy says "yea, until you client side him" ;)
so that was the crux of the talk. when you get client-sided by xss or flash vulns or whatever, your internal network can be attacked.
this idea really built off the nifty modem csrf pointed out by nathan... so let's just extend it. what if there's auth required on the device? can we attack it when we're XSSing and/or CSRFing?
blah blah, slides about xss and csrf history, and traditional distinctions, etc...
so anyway, the hostile code can blindly assume gateways are .1 or .254 on the local /24 (re: the timely rsnake comments on the pervasive homogenous rfc 1918 networks) or you can do a little work and find them.
once found, gateways can be attacked w/ a csrf via the client-side. if the gateway requires auth, it can be brute forced. i didn't do much with forms based because i was really curious about http basic auth. this lead me to realize you can pass http basic auth creds to the gateway:
***update*** - i thought this auth method was really nifty when i thought about it and tested it, and just two days ago realized that the gnucitizen crew used the same method in their AttackAPI.. mb others did before that too. anywho, just wanted to give credit
generate tons of code brute the passwords with known usernames and image paths for common gateway models. you are auth'd, you detect it and initiate a second stage which leaks out the creds and/or performs a csrf to enable wan management.
bruting will work because people feel like inside is safe and they don't take reasonable precautions like password rotation, password complexity, and human monitoring of interesting log events like days of failed password attempts on the firewall.
i haven't come across similar ramblings on the web yet, so i wanted to share :)
thanks for stickin w/ me if you read this far ;)