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
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-- 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:
-- 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)
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