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EMC AutoStart is vulnerable to remote code execution via specially crafted packets

Vulnerability Note VU#581276

Original Release Date: 2015-04-30 | Last Revised: 2015-04-30


EMC AutoStart, version 5.5.0 and earlier, is vulnerable to remote command execution via specially crafted packets.


EMC AutoStart is an enterprise software application developed to help networks and service maintain a high level of availability. AutoStart can manage clusters of applications or nodes as well as single instances.

Affected versions of EMC AutoStart fail to communicate securely between nodes, leading to the possibility of packet injection. Remote code execution with SYSTEM or root privileges is possible for attackers with knowledge of the AutoStart domain name. By sending crafted packets to the ftagent running on the remote system, it is possible to run commands to write and execute data to an absolute or relative file path on the remote system.


A remote, unauthenticated user may be able to execute arbitrary commands with SYSTEM or root privileges.


Apply an update

EMC has released update (HF4) to address this vulnerability. Please contact EMC Technical Support to request the hot fix (reference hotfix 1073, service alert 1078). Affected users should update to the latest version as soon as possible.

Use a firewall to limit access

System administrators can set the system firewall to limit TCP port 8045 access to known good systems that run the EMC AutoStart controller application.

Vendor Information


EMC Corporation Affected

Notified:  September 08, 2014 Updated: April 28, 2015

Statement Date:   April 28, 2015



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

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


EMC AutoStart versions 5.5.0 and earlier are affected.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 9.3 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Temporal 8.4 E:F/RL:W/RC:C
Environmental 6.3 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to the reporter who wishes to remain anonymous.

This document was written by Garret Wassermann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2015-0538
Date Public: 2015-04-30
Date First Published: 2015-04-30
Date Last Updated: 2015-04-30 20:12 UTC
Document Revision: 38

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