There is a lot of hype around DNS rebinding vulnerability and vulnerable IoT devices, including home cameras, air conditioners or climate control devices; this flaw is mainly caused by the lack of origin checking on HTTP requests.

DNS Rebinding Attack

DNS Rebinding allows an attacker who has control on a DNS server to directly access a device inside of the internal network of the victim.

Normally, these kind of attacks are mitigated by the Same-Origin policy header, implemented by most of the browsers, blocking every attempt to load external content that does not belong to the original domain.

The idea of the attack is to configure an evil DNS server to answer to a specific A query returning two different IPs for two consecutive requests; the first one will return the attacker's IP with a short TTL (1 sec), the second one will return the original IP of the device.

Since most browsers use different caching system with different expiration time, a minimum amount of seconds is needed to perform the attack; we will need to let the victim stay on our website for almost 60 seconds (on Firefox, it may change with other browsers).




The attack

First, we configure the DNS server using FakeDns tool; we just need one entry for our attack scenario.

NOTE: In our PoC we used NAT addresses, an internet address can be used for the fake DNS server.


Now the evil DNS server will respond to A query for host, the first parameter before the '%' is the TTL.

Next step is to build an HTML page, entertaining our user with a youtube video and waiting for the timeout; when this occurs, an XMLHttpRequest is sent to the device.



And, after 60 seconds we get the response from our Daikin device:


Video of the attack


Fix Available

The vulnerability has been fixed in the version 3.3.6 of the firmware.


I would like to thank Mr. Pieter-Jan Decherf and the Daikin Europe team for the quick responses and updates on the remediation measures implemented.

Responsible disclosure time-line

  • 25/07/2018 - First contact with Daikin Europe
  • 26/07/2018 - Got response, asking for report
  • 07/08/2018 - Report+PoC sent
  • 08/08/2018 - Vulnerability confirmed
  • 14/09/2018 - Vulnerability will be fixed by the end of October
  • 31/10/2018 - Official update released (firmware 3.3.6)
  • 19/11/2018 - Paper draft has been sent to Daikin Europe team
  • 13/12/2018 - CVE-2018-20139 assigned