Attempts to hack digital video recorders over http via the nntp port / 2019-10-27

2019-10-27 Attempts to hack digital video recorders over http via the nntp port 3 weeks ago
Sometimes you really wonder about the amount of errors made by noisy attacks. I noticed the following pattern in the system logs:
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Accept-Encoding: identity
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Content-Length: 586
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Accept-Language: en-us
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Host: 74.219.111.25
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Accept: */*
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized User-Agent: ApiTool
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Connection: close
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Cache-Control: max-age=0
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Content-Type: text/xml
nnrpd[7029]: 189.243.177.73 unrecognized Authorization: Basic YWRtaW46ezEyMjEzQkQ...
With some searching I eventually found exploit code for certain series of digital video recorders which can be anywhere on the wide Internet.

The whole protocol mismatch makes this a lot noisier via the nntp port than via http, but I also see some attempts via the http port.

Update: Suricata doesn't recognize the specific attack, but it does notice the HTTP basic auth in the traffic:
11/13/2019-20:12:33.772828  [**] [1:2006402:11] ET POLICY Incoming Basic Auth Base64 HTTP Password detected unencrypted [**] [Classification: Potential Corporate Privacy Violation] [Priority: 1] {TCP} 188.59.207.57:43753 -> 82.95.196.202:119

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