Cisco BroadWorks Vulnerabilities CVE-2021–34785 & CVE-2021–34786

Hi! Today I will talk about my last findings at Cisco products BroadSoft BroadWorks, one of Cisco products. I’ve discovered 2 CVEs at it and assigned as

  1. CVE-2021–34785: IDOR lead to privileges escalation “Admin account takeover”
  2. CVE-2021-34786: IDOR lead to delete arbitrary admin user accounts

I will not talk about the full story or something similar because I hate this useless words 😅 So let’s get started directly with the exploits and the conditions.

I’ve found these CVEs at one of my activities at Security Meter, So before I get started I want to thank them and their talented team, I am always proud to work with you ❤ ❤


  1. BroadWorks structure
  2. CVE-2021–34785
  3. CVE-2021–34786
  4. Weakness points

1. BroadWorks structure

At BroadWorks, we have Admins group which have admins with write and read privileges and other admins with read only privileges.

  1. Read and Write: he can modify his data and other admins' data. Also, he can add users, change system preferences, delete users, and full control on the system
  2. Read only: he can modify his data and delete his account. He doesn’t have any other privileges “In my case”

I’ve the second role (Read only) and my task is trying to escalate my privileges to have Read and Write actions.

2. CVE-2021–34785

If you tried to view system users, we have 2 users: Admin and PentestAdmin. My user is PentestAdmin which have low privileges, read his data only. User Admin have full control on the system

I tried to enumerate Admin account to know what’s allowed functions but unfortunately! There’s no any allowed function to use at Admin profile, I can view the data only, but at all I know the firstname, lastname and adminID

After that, I tried to enumerate my account and found that I have 2 allowed functions delete account and change password without asking you for your old password, weird right?!

I entered a new password and intercept the request to know what’s the request parameters. I’ve found that we have firstname, lastname and loginid required parameters because I tried to delete loginid but unfortunately! The request failed

At all, it’s not a problem because I have privileges to read all users' data, so I know these data from Admin profile.

The final step is replacing your data with Admin data and send the request. It returns 200 OK and to check, I tried to login with the new password and Bingoooo! You takeover the Admin account by changing his password ❤

Me with my friend after success ❤

To make POC, I’ve created a new user SecmeterPOC with write and read privileges.

After reviewing the Admin board

3. CVE-2021–34786

With the same methodology, I tried to delete my account and intercept the request.

We have the same required parameters firstname/lastname/loginid and with the same exploit, just replace them with Admin account data and send the request.

What’s the results? The Admin account was deleted 😈

4. Weakness points

  1. At the change password function, it MUST ask me for the old password and if I forget it, it should ask me to contact the system administrator.
  2. There’s no CSRF token attached with the user session to protect the system from performing the same attack using CSRF [I have tried it and successed]
  3. At delete account, it MUST ask the user to enter his password or any security question

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