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[R2] EMC VASA Virtual Appliance Default Creds and Arbitrary File Upload



While researching CVE-2017-4997, Tenable discovered the default account "smc:smc" in the EMC VASA Virtual Appliance SE web application. We also quickly discovered that this account is not authorized to access the web interface:

2017-07-27 20:44:01,237 INFO  [em.bp.SECURITY] (default task-14) com.emc.em.common.security.authentication.Authenticator:User C:aceeca79-53d7-49ee-bfb8-0d425579597f\smc has successfully logged in
2017-07-27 20:44:01,344 INFO  [com.emc.se.utils] (default task-14) smc User Not Authorized

However, if you read the error log closely you'll see the initial login process was successful. An attacker can use this account to login and obtain a valid session ID:

[[email protected] inp]$ curl --tlsv1.2 -ki -d "user=smc&passwd=smc" "https://:5480/SE/app"
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Expires: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT
X-Powered-By: JSP/2.2
Set-Cookie: JSESSIONID=ubTvlGp-9jsCBy48a0GiQzW0Myly5BX9f2SaZoim.record; path=/SE; secure; HttpOnly

The session ID is the cookie's JSESSIONID without the .hostname string. In the above example the hostname was record. Therefore the session ID is 9jsCBy48a0GiQzW0Myly5BX9f2SaZoim. With a valid session ID the attacker can perform many authenticated functions without interacting with the vApp Manager web interface.

Tenable further discovered that CVE-2017-4997 was not completely fixed. The "fix" did not stop authenticated users from uploading files to arbitrary locations. An attacker could login with the "smc" account and upload a JSP shell.


Follow the upgrade advice provided by EMC's advisory.

Disclosure Timeline

11/01/17 - Vulnerability has been reported in a PGP encrypted message to the vendor.
11/01/17 - Response from EMC that by Nov 10 we will have an initial response
11/13/17 - EMC confirmed the vulnerability and responded that in the 27th of the month they would provide a date for when it would be patched.
02/12/18 - EMC releases an advisory and patch
02/15/18 - Tenable releases an advisory

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