[Full-disclosure] Drive-by Pharming
oliver_friedrichs at symantec.com
Thu Feb 15 17:02:55 GMT 2007
I'm posting this on behalf of Zulfikar Ramzan who isn't subscribed to
We discovered a new potential threat that we term "Drive-by Pharming".
An attacker can create a web page containing a simple piece of malicious
attempt into the user's home broadband router and attempts to change its
DNS server settings (e.g., to point the user to an attacker-controlled
DNS server). Once the user's machine receives the updated DNS settings
from the router (e.g., after the machine is rebooted) future DNS request
are made to and resolved by the attacker's DNS server.
The main condition for the attack to be successful is that the attacker
can guess the router password (which can be very easy to do since these
home routers come with a default password that is uniform, well known,
and often never changed). Note that the attack does not require the
user to download any malicious software - simply viewing a web page with
We've written proof of concept code that can successfully carry out the
steps of the attack on Linksys, D-Link, and NETGEAR home routers. If
users change their home broadband router passwords to something
difficult for an attacker to guess, they are safe from this threat.
Additional details on the attack can be found at:
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