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Denial of Service in D-Link DSR-250N

RedTeam Pentesting discovered a Denial-of-Service vulnerability in the D-Link DSR-250N device which allows unauthenticated attackers in the same local network to execute a CGI script which reboots the device.


  • Product: D-Link DSR-250N
  • Affected Versions: 3.12 and below
  • Fixed Versions: 3.17B301C_WW
  • Vulnerability Type: DoS
  • Security Risk: low
  • Vendor URL:
  • Vendor Status: fixed version released
  • Advisory URL:
  • Advisory Status: published
  • CVE: CVE-2020-26567
  • CVE URL:


“The D-Link Wireless N Unified Service Router (DSR-250N) provides enhanced security, functionality and performance over a traditional VPN router without the complexity of a full firewall solution. The D-Link Wireless N Unified Service Router is a cost-effective, high performance solution for securing a small business network.”

(from the vendor’s homepage)

More Details

During a penetration test, the firmware for the D-Link DSR-250N router was downloaded from D-Links official website ( and extracted for further analysis. It was then confirmed that CGI scripts exist on the router that can be directly accessed with a web browser, without any authentication. In particular, the script “upgradeStatusReboot.cgi” executes the command to reboot the device. Its contents are:

echo Content-type: text/plain
echo ""
stat=`/sbin/reboot -d 8 &`
echo $stat

Executing this script renders the device unusable for the time of the reboot. In tests, it turned out that the device needs roughly four minutes to complete a reboot. As a consequence, any network using the device as a switch or router is not accessible during that time, too.

In the penetration test, the router’s web interface was available directly over the Internet. According to the vendor, the web interface is by default disabled for the WAN interface.

Proof of Concept

An HTTP GET request to the CGI script “upgradeStatusReboot.cgi” will reboot the device:

$ curl -k -s https://IP-ADDRESS/scgi-bin/upgradeStatusReboot.cgi


Access to the D-Link DSR-250N’s web interface should only be enabled for administrators, for example by only allowing access from specific IP addresses in the firewall. Access over the WAN interface should also be disabled if it was enabled manually.


A preview firmware version named 3.17B which should correct the issue was received at the end of September from the vendor. RedTeam Pentesting was not able to verify the fix due to lack of access to a test device. However, the formerly accessible CGI script is no longer part of the firmware.

Shortly after the release of this advisory, the patched firmware version 3.17B301C_WW was released by the vendor (

Security Risk

No authentication is needed to excute the CGI script and thereby reboot the device. Attackers might abuse this behaviour for targeted denial-of-service-attacks against D-Link customers, since rebooting the device interrupts access to networks relying on this device for routing or switching purposes. However, the attack is only possible if the attacker resides on the same network, and no further information can be gathered or control over the devices be obtained. Therefore, the vulnerability is rated as a low risk.


  • 2020-06-29 Vulnerability identified
  • 2020-07-03 Customer approved disclosure to vendor
  • 2020-07-03 Requested security contact from vendor via web formular
  • 2020-07-03 Vendor replied with contact information
  • 2020-07-07 Advisory provided to vendor
  • 2020-09-28 Vendor provided fixed version to RedTeam Pentesting
  • 2020-10-05 CVE ID requested
  • 2020-10-06 CVE ID assigned
  • 2020-10-08 Advisory released
  • 2020-10-08 Vendor released fixed version

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