Unauthenticated XML-RPC Service 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 available ports of the CCU2, an open XML-RPC port without authentication has been identified. This can be exploited by sending arbitrary XML-RPC request to control the attached bidcos-devices.

The following request illustrates the problem:

curl -v -H "Content-Type:text/xml" -d "<?xml version="1.0"?><methodCall> <methodName>system.listMethods</methodName><params/></methodCall>"

The following response shows that the system successfully processed the unauthenticated request:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: XMLRPC++ 0.7
Content-Type: text/xml
Content-length: 1736

<?xml version="1.0"?>


CVSS Base Score: 5.3



Patrick Muench of SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH

Gregor Kopf of Secfault Security GmbH


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