ZDI-09-085: Hewlett-Packard Operations Manager Server Backdoor Account Code Execution Vulnerability


ZDI-09-085: Hewlett-Packard Operations Manager Server Backdoor Account Code Execution Vulnerability http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-09-085 November 20, 2009 -- CVE ID: CVE-2009-3843 -- Affected Vendors: Hewlett-Packard -- Affected Products: Hewlett-Packard OpenView Operations Manager for Windows -- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 9261. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit: http://www.tippingpoint.com -- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Hewlett-Packard Operations Manager. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability. The specific flaw exists due to a hidden account present within the Tomcat users XML file. Using this account a malicious user can access the org.apache.catalina.manager.HTMLManagerServlet class. This is defined within the catalina-manager.jar file installed with the product. This servlet allows a remote user to upload a file via a POST request to /manager/html/upload. If an attacker uploads malicious content it can then be accessed and executed on the server which leads to arbitrary code execution under the context of the SYSTEM user. -- Vendor Response: Hewlett-Packard has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c01931960 -- Disclosure Timeline: 2009-11-09 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2009-11-20 - Coordinated public release of advisory -- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by: * Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security (www.harmonysecurity.com) -- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI): Established by TippingPoint, The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities. Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at: http://www.zerodayinitiative.com The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used. TippingPoint does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, TippingPoint provides its customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, TippingPoint provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors) who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product. Our vulnerability disclosure policy is available online at: http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/disclosure_policy/