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Critical Remote Code Execution Flaws Found in HPE iMC

HPE has released an update for its Intelligent Management Center (iMC) platform to address several vulnerabilities, including critical flaws that allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected systems.

HPE Intelligent Management Centre is a comprehensive network infrastructure management platform designed for campus core and data center networks. According to the vendor, the product was built to support the Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, Security (FCAPS) model.

A few months ago, Steven Seeley of Offensive Security discovered a total of seven vulnerabilities in the product. The expert noticed that the dbman service in HPE iMC, which listens on TCP port 2810 by default, introduces a weakness that allows an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code (CVE-2017-12561).

“A crafted opcode 10012 message can cause a pointer to be reused after it has been freed. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of SYSTEM,” reads an advisory from the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which coordinated reporting and disclosure of the flaw.

Seeley also discovered four other critical remote code execution vulnerabilities in the WebDMServlet, WebDMDebugServlet, MibBrowserTopoFilterServlet and mibFileServlet components of the product.

The security holes exist due to the lack of proper validation for user-supplied data, and they allow an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. The flaws are tracked as CVE-2017-12558, CVE-2017-12557, CVE-2017-12556 and CVE-2017-12554.

HPE and ZDI also published advisories for two remotely exploitable denial-of-service (DoS) flaws discovered by Seeley.

The security holes, identified as CVE-2017-12559 and CVE-2017-12560, allow a remote attacker to delete arbitrary files and folders from vulnerable installations. While an attack requires authentication, the existing authentication mechanism can be bypassed, ZDI said.

The vulnerabilities affect iMC Plat 7.3 E0504P4 and earlier, and they have been addressed by HPE this week with the release of version 7.3 E0506P03.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing 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.