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Ubiqiti / Ubnt stuff

Server Port Problem

There is a Problem with Aircontrol 1 (version 1.4.2-beta.3839), that the HTTP connection antenna to server tries to connect to port 22 on the serverside, no matter what is configured in the Aircontrol server settings (there port 9080 was configured).

Settings in Aircontrol Server
Admin / System Settings
Default Device SSH Port 22
AirControl Server Address name-of-the-server.domain
AirControl Server HTTP Port 9080

After provisioning the antenna we check the settings on the antenna via CLI:
$ mca-ctrl -t status

So the correct server port is not set, instead the server sets (server) port 22. Of course on the server on port 22 nothing is listening for the connection from the antenna.
The heartbeat gets through if I manually set the correct port on the antenna

$ mca-ctrl -t connect -s http://name-of-the-server.domain:9080/heartbeat

After that the antenna comes online instantly. Of course the setting is lost as soon as the antenna is disconnected / unprovisioned, each timer after reconnecting the correct port has to be set again. That is of course too complicated.
The easier way is to make the server listen on port 22. Since there is no way to change the server port it is easier to create a port redirect with iptables.
On the server run (adapted if necessary):
# iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 22 -j REDIRECT --to-port 9080
After that all antennas come online by themselves.
mca-ctrl -t connect -s http://name-of-the-server.domain:22/heartbeat

How to change password and admin user on AirOS device via command line interface and ssh

Such a change might be necessary if the password is not accepted by the login of the webinterface, e.g. because it is too long.

If you make these changes yourself step by step it is important to sync all changes, otherwise you can easily lock out yourself of your antenna (and having to drive to a remote place for resetting your antenna is never what you want). This is exactly what is done by the webinterface if you change username or password there.

Add a new line for the new admin into /etc/passwd, copy & paste from another device, hash type / length should be the same (to be on the safe side). The line for the old admin can stay there, it will be deleted automatically later.

Edit /tmp/system.cfg and look for the lines

Edit to correspond with the username added to /etc/passwd
copy&paste the password hash from this user's line in /etc/passwd to /tmp/systemf.cfg
run cfgmtd -p /etc/ -w

The public key authentication set up previously (as a backup in case something went wrong with the passwords) will automatically work for the new admin user name.

You can log in via ssh with all usernames that are listed in /etc/passwd.
When rebooting all other admin usernames apart from the one set as will be removed from /etc/passwd

How to remove the motherfucker virus / worm

It is written rather simple and can be removed without any major problems.

The virus does (at least) the following things:

  • Create a system account (mother, moth3r, motherfucker or similar)
  • store and camouflage its files somewhere on the filesystem
  • make sure it gets loaded at every reboot
  • scan the network around him to distribute itself aka infect other devices
  • set aliases for the shell so it gets run / loaded e.g. when the user runs the ps command (nice one! :) )

There are 3 variants of the motherfucker virus.

Variant 1

All the files of the virus are located in /etc/persistent
mf.tar the virus itself
rc.poststart startscript to load and run itself at every boot
.ssh/ directory for dropbear settings, public keys etc

Commands to remove the worm
cd /etc/persistent/
rm mf.tar
rm rc.poststart
rm -R .mf
sed -i "/^mother/d" /etc/passwd

(or open it in vi and delete the respective line)
cfgmtd -p /etc/ -w

Variant 2

All the files of the virus are located in /var/lib/dhcp
Probably motherfucker can use /var/lib/dhcp/.ssh/authorized_keys, so you have to write your own key (via exploit) into that file to be able to login, if your password doesn't work
rm /etc/persistent/rc.poststart
rm -r /var/lib/dhcp

Variant 3

The virus writes itself to /var/bin/cgi and runs itself at every boot from /etc/persistent/rc.prestart
rm /etc/persistent/rc.prestart
rm /var/bin/cgi

Variant 3

most sophisticated variant

XM.v5.5.6# ls -la .mf drwxrwxr-x 2 moth3r admin 240 May 28 2013 .
drwxr-xr-x 4 moth3r admin 200 May 28 2013 ..
-rwxrwxr-x 1 moth3r admin 1529 Jun 3 2016 download
-rwxr-xr-x 1 moth3r admin 1517 Dec 12 19:19 infect
-rw------- 1 moth3r admin 806 May 25 2016 mfid
-rw-r--r-- 1 moth3r admin 395 May 25 2016
-rwxrwxr-x 1 moth3r admin 2847 Jun 3 2016 mother
-rwxrwxr-x 1 moth3r admin 577 Jun 1 2016 p
-rw-rw-r-- 1 moth3r admin 161 May 30 2016 passlst
-rw-rw-r-- 1 moth3r admin 84 May 25 2016 passwd
-rwxrwxr-x 1 moth3r admin 1206 May 31 2016 scan
-rwxrwxr-x 1 moth3r admin 411 May 30 2016 sprd
download: download itself infect: infect other vulernable devices mother: run discover to find devices, write result to file, infect found devices, change SSID and do other fancy stuff p: check if account moth3r exists, if not create it, modify startscripts, empty authorized_keys, write config, reboot passlst: password file for brute force attack passwd: passwd file to be copied to /etc/passwd scan: scan and infect my own subnet sprd: infect other random IP addresses sh -c LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/etc/persistent/.mf/ ./curl -s killall mother killall sleep killall sh cd /etc/persistent rm mf.tgz rm rc.poststart rm -r .mf cd /tmp rmdir down reboot

After successful cleaning update your firmware immediately! Otherwise your device will be infected soon again.


Written 2016-12-09 - last update

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