Vulnerability found:
06 November 2007

Vendor informed:
02 May 2008

Severity level:

Adrian Pastor of ProCheckUp Ltd (

Vulnerability #1
The HTTP authentication mechanism of the 3Com AP 8760 works as follows:

1. Router checks if credentials submitted by user are valid
2. If valid, the router's web interface redirects the user to URLs that should only be available to authenticated admin users

What's important to note is that every time an "authenticated" URL is accessed, there is no authentication data being sent within HTTP requests whatsoever. There are no passwords, or session IDs being submitted at all within HTTP requests. Instead, the AP uses the administrator's source IP address as authentication data.

This means that the authentication state relies on the false assumption that post-authentication URLs won't be known by an attacker and that the attacker and the administrator will not share the same source IP address. By simply accessing administrative URLs in a browser from the same IP address (i.e.: by sharing the same proxy or NATed IP address), the authentication check can be bypassed completely.


Although URL paths are different, these issues appear to be similar to those found on other 3com router models:

Vulnerability #2
Additionally, sensitive data such as the admin password is returned within certain pages. Although after bypassing the authentication the attacker wouldn't need to know the admin password anyway, this could be handy for a cracker in scenarios such as the following:

1. The authentication bypass is fixed by updating the firmware to a patched version (attacker would still be able to access the device since he/she knows the admin password)
2. The attacker could try the same password on other servers owned by the same target company since it's a common human weakness to reuse passwords.

Vulnerability #3
It's possible to launch SNMP injection attacks. By changing the system name via SNMP, it's possible to inject a persistent XSS payload on several pages including the login page. Thus, the attacker has an opportunity to redirect the admin password to his own site by overwriting the login form's action attribute.

The payload gets returned within the login page's 'title' tag. i.e.:

<title>3Com Wireless 8760 Dual Radio 11a/b/g Access Point PAYLOAD_GOES_HERE%3C/title%3E

Example of snmpset command that changes the AP's system name:

snmpset -v2c -c private sysName.0 s "PAYLOAD_GOES_HERE"

Successfully tested on

3COM: AP8760: Dual Radio 11a/b/g Access Point, Software v2.1.13b05_sh, Bootrom v1.2.1, Hardware R02

Note: model and firmware info extracted via SNMP from 'SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0' OID.


No workaround is available for the authentication bypass and passwords leakage issue. SNMP injection can be resolved by disabling SNMP write access.



Proof of concept:
Vulnerability #1
The following is an example of an administrative page that would allow an attacker to change settings:


Vulnerability #2
The following URLs return the admin password within 'hidden' form fields:


3Com Wireless 8760 Dual-Radio 11a/b/g PoE Access Point

SNMP Injection

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