iDefense Security Advisory 06.26.09: HP Network Node Manager rping Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
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iDefense Security Advisory 06.26.09
Jun 26, 2009
HP Network Node Manager (NNM) is an application suite that is used to
map out and manage network topography. NNM runs on a variety of
platforms, including Linux and multiple versions of Windows. For more
information, see the vendors site at the following link.
Remote exploitation of a stack based buffer overflow vulnerability in
Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP (HP)s Network Node Manager could
allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
The vulnerability exists within the rping application, which is
distributed with the Linux version of NNM. It is possible for a remote
attacker to launch the rping application and trigger a stack based
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the affected service. On RedHat Enterprise
4, the application is started as the user bin. rping is not
compiled with compiler protections such as stack cookies or the -pie
flag, which makes exploitation less difficult.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Network
Node Manager version 7.53 for Linux. Previous versions may also be
affected. The Windows version is not affected.
By default, the webappmon.exe CGI application does not require a user to
be authenticated. By changing the session.conf file and setting
UserLogin to ON, it is possible to require valid credentials in order
to run. The ovhtpasswd application can then be used to add valid
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP (HP) has released a patch which
addresses this issue. Directly downloadable vendor updates for this
report are accessible via the iDefense Intelligence web portal
(https://ialert.idefense.com) and the iDefense Intelligence XML web
service. Information about non-directly downloadable vendor updates can
be found by clicking on the URLs shown.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2009-1420 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/19/2008 - Initial Contact
07/10/2008 - Initial Vendor Reply
06/30/2008 - Vendor validated issue
06/30/2008 - Vendor requested PoC
07/10/2008 - PoC sent to vendor
06/09/2009 - Vendor Patched
06/25/2009 - Requested Status from Vendor
06/25/2009 - Vendor provides disclosure details
06/26/2009 - Coordinated Public Disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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