Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Endpoint Security

Critical McAfee ePO Flaw Ideal For Reconnaissance

Intel Security has fixed a critical vulnerability in its McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) centralized security management product. Researchers warn that the flaw is ideal for profiling the users and infrastructure of an organization.

Intel Security has fixed a critical vulnerability in its McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) centralized security management product. Researchers warn that the flaw is ideal for profiling the users and infrastructure of an organization.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2016-8027 and assigned a CVSS score of 10.0, is a blind SQL injection discovered by a member of the Cisco Talos Vulnerability Development Team. The security hole can be triggered using specially crafted HTTP POST requests and it allows an unauthenticated attacker to obtain information from the application database.

McAfee ePO allows organizations to manage their security policies from a central console. The solution requires the deployment of agents on each endpoint, and these agents communicate over a proprietary protocol known as SPIPE.

The vulnerable component is in the application server and it can be reached directly via the administration console or over SPIPE. Researchers warned that exploitation of the flaw can also allow attackers to impersonate an agent, which can reveal information related to that agent.

“Vulnerabilities like this can allow deep insight into the organisation without an attacker requiring any privileged access to centralised platforms such as Active Directory, with this access an attacker can profile users and the infrastructure passively,” Talos researchers said in a blog post.

The security hole affects McAfee ePO version 5.1.3 and earlier, and 5.3.2 and earlier. Intel Security has released hotfixes to address the vulnerability. While the vendor says there are no mitigations or workarounds, Talos believes attacks can be prevented by limiting access to port 8443.

Cisco has published technical details on the vulnerability and Intel Security has released an advisory with information on affected versions and patches.

It’s not uncommon for researchers to find vulnerabilities in enterprise security products. Serious flaws have also been identified in solutions from Symantec, FireEye, KasperskySophos and several other vendors.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Related Reading: Intel to Spin Off McAfee as Independent Security Firm

Related Reading: Serious Vulnerabilities Found in McAfee Enterprise Product

Related Reading: McAfee Application Control Flaws Expose Critical Infrastructure

Written By

Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

Click to comment

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

Join us as we delve into the transformative potential of AI, predictive ChatGPT-like tools and automation to detect and defend against cyberattacks.


As cybersecurity breaches and incidents escalate, the cyber insurance ecosystem is undergoing rapid and transformational change.


Expert Insights

Related Content


Less than a week after announcing that it would suspended service indefinitely due to a conflict with an (at the time) unnamed security researcher...

Identity & Access

Zero trust is not a replacement for identity and access management (IAM), but is the extension of IAM principles from people to everyone and...

Data Breaches

OpenAI has confirmed a ChatGPT data breach on the same day a security firm reported seeing the use of a component affected by an...

Risk Management

The supply chain threat is directly linked to attack surface management, but the supply chain must be known and understood before it can be...

IoT Security

A group of seven security researchers have discovered numerous vulnerabilities in vehicles from 16 car makers, including bugs that allowed them to control car...


A researcher at IOActive discovered that home security systems from SimpliSafe are plagued by a vulnerability that allows tech savvy burglars to remotely disable...


Patch Tuesday: Microsoft calls attention to a series of zero-day remote code execution attacks hitting its Office productivity suite.


Patch Tuesday: Microsoft warns vulnerability (CVE-2023-23397) could lead to exploitation before an email is viewed in the Preview Pane.