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Linksys WRT160nv2 apply.cgi Remote Command Injection

Some Linksys Routers are vulnerable to an authenticated OS command injection on their web interface where default credentials are admin/admin or admin/password. Since it is a blind OS command injection vulnerability, there is no output for the executed command when using the cmd generic payload. This module has been tested on a Linksys WRT160n version 2 - firmware version v2.0.03. A ping command against a controlled system could be used for testing purposes. The exploit uses the tftp client from the device to stage to native payloads from the command injection.

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Module Name



  • Michael Messner <devnull [at]>
  • juan vazquez <juan.vazquez [at]>



  • CMD
  • Linux mipsel Payload


  • linux
  • unix


  • cmd
  • mipsle



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 exploit/linux/http/linksys_wrt160nv2_apply_exec msf exploit(linksys_wrt160nv2_apply_exec) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(linksys_wrt160nv2_apply_exec) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(linksys_wrt160nv2_apply_exec) > show options and set options... msf exploit(linksys_wrt160nv2_apply_exec) > exploit