n.runs-SA-2008.009 - Eaton MGE OPS Network Shutdown Module - authentication bypass vulnerability and remote code execution

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2008-10-29T00:00:00


n.runs AG http://www.nruns.com/ security(at)nruns.com n.runs-SA-2008.009 27-October-2008

Vendor: Eaton MGE office protection systems Affected Products: Network Shutdown Module version 3.10 Vulnerability: authentication bypass vulnerability and remote code execution Risk: High

Vendor communication:

2008/08/13 initial notification of EATON MGE Office Protection Systems (MGEOPS) 2008/08/20 second notification of MGEOPS 2008/08/20 MGEOPS confirmation of receiving information 2008/08/25 receiving patch proposal from MGEOPS 2008/08/29 confirmation of proper patch, asking of release date 2008/09/02 awaiting feedback regarding release date of the patch 2008/09/18 patch and new version undergoing QA process of MGEOPS still no release date known 2008/10/07 another request regarding the release date 2008/10/21 MGEOPS informs n.runs AG about release of the new software version 2008/10/27 n.runs AG releases this advisory


EATON MGE Office Protection Systems designs and manufactures secured power products and solutions for enterprises, small business and homes. The Network Shutdown Module continuously wait for information from the Management Proxy or Management Card connected to the EATON UPS and warns administrators and users if AC power fails and proceeds with graceful system shutdown before the end of battery backup power is reached.


Remote exploitation of an authentication bypass vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

In detail, the following flaw was determined:

  • Custom actions can be added to the MGE frontend without authentication required (pane_actionbutton.php)
  • Actions can be executed (tested) without authentication required (exec_action.php)


This problem can lead to a remote file execution vulnerability. It can allow an attacker to add and execute custom actions. The commands to be executed are included within the added action.

The vulnerability is present in MGE Network Shutdown Module software versions prior 3.10 build 13.


EATON MGE Office Protection Systems has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. A new version of the software (version 3.20) can be found at: http://download.mgeops.com/explore/eng/network/net_sol.htm

Credits: Bug found by Jan Rossmann and Jan Wagner of n.runs AG.

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