Downloading Firmware via Plain HTTP in HomeMatic CCU2

Posted on March 31, 2018


HomeMatic is a home automation system consisting of various components for automating several parts of a building, including different sensors and actuators. The HomeMatic CCU2 is a central control unit, which is responsible for integrating these components with each other.

From the vendor’s website (eQ-3):

The Homematic Central Control Unit CCU2 is responsible for numerous control, signalling and supervision functions across all areas of the Homematic system. The device includes a browser based user interface to the up the system. It can be controlled in the local network as well as via Internet. The Homematic software offers various configuration and application possibilities, so that there are no limits to creativity for installing your individual smart home.

Issue Description

While analyzing the CCU2 software, it was found that the system’s crontab file contains an entry for invoking the script /usr/local/etc/config/addons/mh/ on a regular basis. This script contains the following code:


#altes Schluessel-Paket loeschen
v1=`rm $ADDONDIR/vpnkey_ccu2.tar.gz`
v1b=`rm $ADDONDIR/newver`
#das Paket des Benutzers herunter laden
v2=`/usr/bin/wget -O $ADDONDIR/newver '' -q`

It can be observed that software update packages are downloaded via the HTTP protocol, which does not provide any cryptographic protection of the downloaded contents. An attacker with a privileged network position (which could be obtained via DNS spoofing or other approaches) can exploit this issue in order to provide arbitrary malicious firmware updates to the CCU2. This can result in a full system compromise.


CVSS Base Score: 4.8



Gregor Kopf of Secfault Security GmbH

Patrick Muench of SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH


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