Motorola MBP853 - Certificate Validation Vulnerability (CVE-2018-12499)

Motorola MBP853 - Certificate Validation Vulnerability (CVE-2018-12499)


Date Published: 22 June 2018
CVE: CVE-2018-12499
CVSSv3 Base Score: 7.4 (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N)
Vendors Contacted: Motorola
Discovered By: Sean Wright


The Motorola MBP853 firmware does not correctly validate server certificates. This allows for a Man in The Middle (MiTM) attack to take place between a Motorola MBP853 camera and the servers which communicates with. In one such instance, it was identified that the device was downloading what appeared to be a client certificate to the device.

Version Affected

This finding was found in the device with the model number MBP853CONNECT.


  1. Startup Ettercap to ARPSpoof the device and obtain packets to and from the device:

    sudo ettercap -T -i wlp58s0 -M arp:remote / ///

  2. Setup iptable rules to forward the appropriate traffic to BurpSuite

    sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i wlp58s0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080 sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i wlp58s0 -p tcp --dport 443 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080 sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i wlp58s0 -p tcp --dport 8883 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080

  3. Configure BurpSuite to listen for the traffic

  • In the Proxy tab, select the Options subtab and then select the current listener and click on the Edit button.


  • Set the Bind to address radio button to be All interfaces.


  • Click on the Request handling tab and check the Support invisible proxying checkbox.


  • Click on the OK button to accept the changes.

  1. Start up the camera and monitor the BurpSuite Proxy's HTTP History subtab for traffic:


  2. Monitor the traffic logs for the request<id>/client.key and observe the private key in the response to the request:





  3. Confirm that a certificate is in the response to the request<device-id>/client.crt.


Base Score: 7.4

Base Score Metrics

Exploitability Metrics

Network Vector: Network (AV:N)
Attack Complexity: High (AC:H)
Privileges Required: None (PR:N)
User Interaction: None (UI:N)
Scope: Unchanged (S:U)

Impact Metrics

Confidentiality Impact: High (C:H)
Integrity Impact: High (I:H)
Availability Impact: None (A:N)


Issue has yet to be resolved as of 22 June 2018.

Vendor Notification

  • 14 April 2018 - Initially contacted vendor.
  • 27 April 2018 - No response received, requested update from vendor.
  • 29 April 2018 - Received response from vendor requesting details of the issue.
  • 8 May 2018 - Passed appropriate details on the vednor.
  • 10 May 2018 - Vendor requested more detailed details about the issue.
  • 11 May 2018 - Full details of the issue passed onto the vendor.
  • 11 May 2018 - Vendor confirmed reciept of the details, stating that they would respond in a week.
  • 19 May 2018 - Vendor sent update requesting for further patience on details from their technical team.
  • 12 June 2018 - Requested update on the status of the issue.
  • 18 June 2018 - Further request for update informing intentions of publishing the found issue.
  • 22 June 2018 - Issue publicly published.
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