Talos Vulnerability Report


Abode Systems, Inc. iota All-In-One Security Kit console_main_loop :sys OS command injection vulnerability

October 20, 2022
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An OS command injection vulnerability exists in the console_main_loop :sys functionality of Abode Systems, Inc. iota All-In-One Security Kit 6.9Z. A specially-crafted XCMD can lead to arbitrary command execution. An attacker can send an XML payload 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 6.9Z


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


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


CWE-489 - Leftover Debug Code


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 receives command and control messages (referred to in the application as XCMDs) via an XMPP connection established during the initialization of the hpgw application. As of version 6.9Z there are 222 XCMDs registered within the application. Each XCMD is associated with a function intended to handle it. As discussed in TALOS-2022-1552 there is a service running on UDP/55050 that allows an unauthenticated attacker access to execute these XCMDs.

An XCMD, by virtue of being commonly transmitted over XMPP, is an XML payload structured in a specific format. Each XCMD must contain a root node <p>, which must contain a child element, <mac> with an attribute v containing the target device MAC Address. There must also be a child element <cmd> which must contain an attribute a naming the XCMD to be executed. From there, various XCMDs require various child elements that contain information relevent only to that handler.

For example, one of the simplest XCMDs that can be executed is getDev.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <mac v="B0:C5:CA:00:00:00"/>
    <cmd a="getDev"/>

One of the XCMDs, setUPnP, is used to configure port forwarding by modifying UPnP-specific configuration values and communicating to another thread that the configuration has been modified and the other thread should react. The setUPnP XCMD expects several elements, each containing some relevant piece of UPnP configuration information. These XML tags are mapped to the following configuration values:

  • upnpdev -> UPnP_Enable
  • portfw -> PortRedir
  • webport -> UPnP_WebPort
  • webextport -> UPnP_WebExtPort

Several of these values are optional, and if they are not provided, a default value will be fetched from a configuration file (e.g. if webport is not provided, the system will use the WebPort configuration). One should note that the port being forwarded need not actually be related to the web interface.

A sample of this command might appear as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <mac v="B0:C5:CA:00:00:00"/>
    <cmd a="setUPnP">
      <upnpdev v="1"/>
      <portfw v="1"/>
      <webport v="80"/>
      <webextport v="8080"/>

In this example, the XCMD handler would end up setting the various configuration values and then triggering a separate thread to use those values to request port forwarding from the router via UPnP. Similarly, UPnP and port redirection can be disabled using the same command.

The vulnerability discussed in this report occurs in a second portion of this function, which appears largely superfluous for code responsible for configuring UPnP data. It is at this point that we begin to deviate from TALOS-2022-1557. Note that TALOS-2022-1557 applies to both 6.9X and 6.9Z, but this vulnerability only applies to the most recent firmware version, 6.9Z. This vulnerability exists in the handling of data supplied to the /var/in named pipe, no matter how it is supplied—setUPnP webextport is just the most expedient method of getting data into the /var/in named pipe from across the network.

The relevant portions of the decompilation of setUPnP handler are included below.

int __fastcall setUPnP(xml_related_t *xml, int *a2)
  char *webextport; // r0 MAPDST
  char command[256]; // [sp+28h] [bp-120h] BYREF
  // [1] The value of the webextport `v` attribute is recovered
  webextport = get_xcmd_param(xml, "webextport");                      
  // [2] We wish to bypass this conditional, so we start `webexport` with a ':'
  if ( !webextport || *webextport != ':' )                              
    ... // This is all of the UPnP/Port Forwarding functionality
    return 0;
  log(DEBUG, XCMD, "debug cmd=%s", webextport);
  write_log(DEBUG, XCMD, "DEBUG", "XCMD", webextport, -1);
  memset(command, 0, sizeof(command));
  // [3] Submit the attacker-controlled webextport value to /var/in
  vsnprintf_nullterm(command, 0xFFu, "echo %s > /var/in", webextport);  
  return 0;

For the purpose of this vulnerability, the only relevant child of <cmd> is <webextport>.

At [1] the value of this tag is extracted. At [2] the value is checked to determine if it starts with a ‘:’. If it does, then the code relevant to port forwarding is skipped entirely. At [3] the user-controlled webextport value is echo’d into the /var/in named pipe.

The /var/in named pipe is being monitored by a separate thread running within the same hpgw binary. The function responsible for consuming data received over this named pipe is titled console_main_loop. This function existed in 6.9X but was almost entirely empty, effectively discarding any data it received. It gained major functionality in version 6.9Z. The decompilation of this function in 6.9Z is 2028 lines, compared to 76 lines in version 6.9X.

The functionality added in 6.9Z causes the console_main_loop to iterate over the data submitted to /var/in line-by-line and treat it as console commands.

The functionality exposed by this console is best described by the console itself, via the :help function. There are some unlisted commands, but they are all generally innocuous.

[DBG ][MAIN][[Console
[DBG ][MAIN]     :quit
[DBG ][MAIN]     :action [target] [action] {argv..., C-style escape}
[DBG ][MAIN]     :action_wait [target] [action] {argv..., C-style escape}
[DBG ][MAIN]     :action_print [target]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :actmon_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :config_set [key] [value, C-style escape]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :config_get [key]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :config_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :wireless_change [SSID] [WPAPSK]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :status_webrtc
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_learn_rule_add [id] [area] [zone] [type] [su] [name]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_learn_rule_delete [id]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_list_add [id] [area] [zone] [type] [su] [name]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_list_delete [id]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_list_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_set_prop [id] [prop] [value]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_group_set [group] [name]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_group_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_history_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_status_set [id] [key] [value]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :device_status_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_status
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_user_add [area] [user] [name] [passwd] [latch]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_user_delete [area] [user]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_user_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_area_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_area_set_prop [area] [prop] [value]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_ha_set [ID] [rule] [exec]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_ha_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_pq_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_media_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_history_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_report_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :alarm_fault_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :report_setting_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :web_session_print
[DBG ][MAIN]     :http_send_request [addr] [port] [request, C-style escape]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :http_send_request_dl [addr] [port] [filename] [uBuffSize] [request, C-style escape]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :http_send_request_file [addr] [port] [filename] [request, C-style escape]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :http_ssl_send_request [addr] [port] [request, C-style escape]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :print_net_info [interface]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :print_version
[DBG ][MAIN]     :print_datetime
[DBG ][MAIN]     :get_reg [addr]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :set_reg [addr] [value]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :set_datetime [YY] [MM] [DD] [hh] [mm] [ss]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :log_con_set_priority_mask [nMaskPriority]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :log_con_set_class_mask [nMaskClass] [bEnable]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :log_db_reload_cache
[DBG ][MAIN]     :xfinder_debug [1/0]
[DBG ][MAIN]     :sys | :system
[DBG ][MAIN]     :print_trace
[DBG ][MAIN]     :suspend
[DBG ][MAIN]     :reboot

It would seem that this is a diagnostic or debugging console, used by developers to test various features of the device. While a significant number of these can be abused, the most easily exploitable command exposed by this console is :sys | :system . The :sys command simply executes the remainder of the line via popen.

Below are the relevant portions of the decompilation of console_main_loop, with annotations.

void console_main_loop()

  g_QUIT = 0;
  popen_write("rm -f /var/in");
  if ( mkfifo("/var/in", 0x1FFu) )
    named_pipe = 0;
    named_pipe = open64("/var/in", 0x802);
    if ( named_pipe < 0 )
      log(4, 0, "FIFO fail");
      named_pipe = 0;
  v0 = fcntl(0, F_GETFL);
  fcntl(0, F_SETFL, v0 | O_NONBLOCK);
  while ( !g_QUIT )
    if (... || read(named_pipe, v2, 1u) > 0) )
      v8 = v2;
      // [1] Read the named pipe, byte-by-byte, until a '\n' is encountered, storing the values into `line`
      while ( 1 )                                           
        v9 = v8;
        if ( v8 >= &v392 )
        v10 = (unsigned __int8)*v8++;
        if ( v10 == '\n' )
        v2 = v8;
        if ( read(0, v8, 1u) <= 0 )
          goto LABEL_28;
      *v9 = 0;
      remainder = 0;
      // [2] Begin tokenizing the line by whitespace, storing the first word to `action`
      action = strtok_r(line, " \t", &remainder);           
      if ( !action || action[0] != ':' )
        continue;              // Ignore empty or non-conforming lines
      // [3] Begin comparing the action to available action handlers...
      if ( !strcmp(action, ":quit") )                       
        log(5, 0, "User quit...");
      if ( !strcmp(action, ":config_print") )
      // [4] Action handler for `:sys` begins
      if ( !strcmp(action, ":sys") || !strcmp(action, ":system") )    
        // [5] If there is data following :sys
        if ( remainder )                                    
          command = remainder;                              
          end = strlen(command);
          // [6] then append an ampersand (to force to background)
          command[end] = '&';                         
          // [7] and null-terminate
          command[end + 1] = '\0';                         
          log(6, 0, "command:%s", command);
          // [8] and finally execute.

At [1] the data from /var/in is read into a buffer until a \n character is seen. At [2] the line is tokenized, splitting on spaces and tabs. The first value is expected to be a command, beginning with a :. At [3] the function begins searching for the code to execute based on the command it received. At [4] it will successfully identify that the :sys command was supplied from webextport and enter the vulnerable portion of the function. At [5] the function checks to see if there was data following :sys in the line. At [6] it appends an ampersand to ensure the call does not block the hpgw process, and at [7] it null-terminates the command. Finally, at [8] the command passed in is executed using popen.

We speculate that this console functionality might not have been intended for the final release version of the firmware. We are uncertain if this console functionality has ever been included in a release firmware before. Given that this appears to be leftover debug functionality, we decline to treat this as ‘intended functionality’ and rather as exploitable leftover debug code. We are uncertain why this console_main_loop interface is exposed through the unrelated webextport value of the setUPnP functionality.

Exploit Proof of Concept

Submitting the following XCMD

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <mac v="B0:C5:CA:00:00:00"/>
    <cmd a="setUPnP">
      <webextport v=":sys sleep 11"/>

will result in the execution of the command sleep 11 & as the root user


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


Discovered by Matt Wiseman of Cisco Talos.