[UNIX] Dreambox DM500 Webserver Long URL Request Denial of Service

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Dreambox DM500 Webserver Long URL Request Denial of Service


<http://www.dream-multimedia-tv.de/> Dreambox is "a Linux-based DVB
satellite, terrestrial and cable digital television decoder (set-top box),
produced by German multimedia vendor Dream Multimedia". Marc Ruef at scip
AG found an input validation error within the web interface of the model
DM500C. Other models, for example DM500S, might be affected too.


An attacker is able to send a very long http request string (approx. 512
bytes) to the web server which will cause a denial of service. The web
interface and some parts of the operating system might not be responsible

It is possible to exploit the vulnerability with a common web browser by
using a long url.

The http web server fingerprinting suite
<http://www.computec.ch/projekte/httprecon/> httprecon is able to
reproduce the problem too. Just use the test plugin get_long (activated by

The Attack Tool Kit ( <http://www.computec.ch/projekte/atk/> ATK) is able
to exploit this vulnerability with the following generic ASL code (expand
the long URL request):
open|send GET
HTTP/1.0\n\n|sleep|close|pattern_not_exists HTTP/1.# ### *

Because the attack is possible without further authentication, users with
access possibilities to the web server might affect the behavior of the

The web interface and some parts of the operating system are not
responsible anymore. A restart of the device is required to provide full
functionality again.

Disclosure timeline:
2008/04/28 Identification of the vulnerability by Marc Ruef
2008/04/30 First information to support-at-Dream-Multimedia-Tv.de
2008/04/30 Automated reply by the ticketing system (ticket id
2008/04/30 Manual response by Nils Weiberg announcing further
2008/05/22 Request for current state of investigation
2008/05/22 Another response by Nils Weiberg that the research is ongoing
2008/07/15 Last request for current state of investigation
2008/07/15 Another response by Nils Weiberg without further details
2008/08/29 Public disclosure of the advisory


The information has been provided by <mailto:maru@xxxxxxx> Marc Ruef.
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