Vulnerability Note VU#350508

HP ArcSight SmartConnector fails to properly validate SSL and contains a hard-coded password

Original Release date: 27 Oct 2015 | Last revised: 03 Nov 2015


The HP ArcSight SmartConnector fails to properly validate SSL certificates, and also contains a hard-coded password.


CWE-295: Improper Certificate Validation - CVE-2015-2902

The ArcSight SmartConnector fails to validate the certificate of the upstream Logger device it is reporting logs to. An eavesdropper can perform a man-in-the-middle attack against log traffic.

CWE-259: Use of Hard-coded Password - CVE-2015-2903

Use of a default password (and no mechanism for changing it) in the CWSAPI SOAP service provided by ArcSight allows an an attacker to gain administrator credentials.


A remote attacker may be able to utilize a man-in-the-middle attack to read SSL-encrypted log traffic. A remote attacker may use the hard-coded password to gain root access to the device.


Apply an update

HP has released ArcSight SmartConnector 7.1.6, which addresses these issues. Affected users should update to version 7.1.6 or later as soon as possible.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Hewlett-Packard CompanyAffected08 Jul 201520 Oct 2015
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base 7.1 AV:A/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:N
Temporal 6.1 E:POC/RL:U/RC:UR
Environmental 4.6 CDP:N/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to Jefferson Ogata for reporting this vulnerability to us.

This document was written by Garret Wassermann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2015-2902 CVE-2015-2903
  • Date Public: 19 Oct 2015
  • Date First Published: 27 Oct 2015
  • Date Last Updated: 03 Nov 2015
  • Document Revision: 56


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