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HP Virtual SAN appliance root shell command injection

Vulnerability Note VU#441363

Original Release Date: 2012-08-17 | Last Revised: 2012-08-17


The HP Virtual SAN appliance version 9.5 is susceptible to a root shell command injection (CWE-77) vulnerability.


Tenable Network Security has reported that HP's fix for the command injection vulnerability, EDB-ID 18893, was incomplete. The ping command for the appliance has a total of four parameters. The initial fix has only sanitized the input for one of the four parameters. Command injection is still possible against the other three parameters.


An authenticated attacker can run arbitrary commands on the appliance.


We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Please consider the following workarounds.

Restrict access

As a general good security practice, only allow connections from trusted hosts and networks. Restricting access would prevent an attacker from accessing an HP Virtual SAN appliance using stolen credentials from a blocked network location.

Vendor Information


Hewlett-Packard Company Affected

Notified:  July 10, 2012 Updated: August 17, 2012



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 7.7 AV:A/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C
Temporal 6.2 E:POC/RL:U/RC:UC
Environmental 6.2 CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to Tenable Network Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jared Allar.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2012-2986
Date Public: 2012-08-17
Date First Published: 2012-08-17
Date Last Updated: 2012-08-17 22:08 UTC
Document Revision: 17

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