Despite the fact that it’s been over 2 years since I posted Part 1, I got bored and decided I should take another look at the Patriot Gauntlet Node. So I go and grab the latest firmware from Patriot’s website (V21_188.8.131.52) and use the same binwalk techniques described in the first post, I extracted the latest firmware.
So, the TL;DR is: It’s unexciting because Patriot makes no effort to secure the device. It seems that their security model is “if you’re on the network, you own the device”, which is pretty much the case. Not only can you enable telnet as I’ve discussed before, there’s even a convenient web-based interface to run commands: http://10.10.10.254:8088/adm/system_command.asp. Oh, and it’s not authenticated. Even if you set an admin password (which is hidden at http://10.10.10.254:8088/adm/management.asp).
I don’t intend to spend much more time on this device from a security PoV: it doesn’t seem intended to be secure at all, so it’s not like there’s anything to break. The device is essentially pre-rooted, so go to town and have fun!