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Shodan Stories Day 42: Party Mode in Kleppestø, Yamaha Receivers, and Incredible Web Design

I saw that someone was searching for quite a few different types of AV receivers today. I decided to look into one of their searches, this one for Yamaha receiver.

Yamaha AV Recievers on

I’m not sure what the typical use-case for remote control of an AV receiver is. Maybe if you run a cafe and you want to make sure your untrustworthy employees don’t make the music too loud while you’re out? I’m sure it’s incredibly useful in certain situations, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. All of the Yamaha ones were running a webserver off port 80, so I picked one in Norway and took a look. Amazing, I have complete control over the volume. I’m also capable of flipping the “PARTY MODE” switch, likely with dire consequences for the immediate surroundings of this device. I could also turn the device off, but that would probably also cut off my connection. There’s also a settings button. Great, all the goodies. Probably the worst thing someone could do right off the bat is brick it, but if they had a malicious version of the firmware they could install that as well. Looks like this is a RX-A1030 model. Which is now discontinued. A hymn for those lost, firmware eternally waiting for the next upgrade, never to arrive. I found the user manual, trying to understand why someone would want a device with remote internet control, but it was 150 pages, and I’ve got like a life to live.

I did decide to give it an nmap to see if I could find anything else about it.

👻🌵🔮 $ nmap
Starting Nmap 7.70 ( ) at 2019-02-14 22:40 EST
Nmap scan report for (
Host is up (0.12s latency).
Not shown: 995 closed ports
80/tcp    open  http
1024/tcp  open  kdm
1900/tcp  open  upnp
8080/tcp  open  http-proxy
50000/tcp open  ibm-db2

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 76.96 seconds

1024 is Apple Airplay. That UPnP is open is a little unnerving, and I couldn’t find any reason why the receiver would need that service, though it seems that, based on some forum posts I found, people configure it to talk over that port to connect to their media servers. Risky when you’re putting that all over the internet! 50000 is a mystery, probably not one worth solving.

Delightfully 8080 is a webserver running a single, beautiful page. PRESENTATION PAGE. Completely blank other than that.

If only all websites were so well thought out. See you tomorrow.