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Arris / Motorola Surfboard SBG6580 Web Interface Takeover

The web interface for the Arris / Motorola Surfboard SBG6580 has several vulnerabilities that, when combined, allow an arbitrary website to take control of the modem, even if the user is not currently logged in. The attacker must successfully know, or guess, the target's internal gateway IP address. This is usually a default value of First, a hardcoded backdoor account was discovered in the source code of one device with the credentials "technician/yZgO8Bvj". Due to lack of CSRF in the device's login form, these credentials - along with the default "admin/motorola" - can be sent to the device by an arbitrary website, thus inadvertently logging the user into the router. Once successfully logged in, a persistent XSS vulnerability is exploited in the firewall configuration page. This allows injection of Javascript that can perform any available action in the router interface. The following firmware versions have been tested as vulnerable: SBG6580-, and SBG6580-

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Module Name



  • joev <joev [at]>



  • WebServer



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/admin/http/arris_motorola_surfboard_backdoor_xss msf auxiliary(arris_motorola_surfboard_backdoor_xss) > show actions ...actions... msf auxiliary(arris_motorola_surfboard_backdoor_xss) > set ACTION <action-name> msf auxiliary(arris_motorola_surfboard_backdoor_xss) > show options and set options... msf auxiliary(arris_motorola_surfboard_backdoor_xss) > run