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HP OpenView Storage Data Protector may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands

Vulnerability Note VU#673228

Original Release Date: 2006-08-23 | Last Revised: 2007-01-12


A vulnerability in HP OpenView Storage Data Protector may allow an attacker to issue arbitrary commands on an affected system.


HP Openview

HP Openview is a range of products, distributed and developed by Hewlett Packard, that are used for enterprise system and network monitoring.

HP OpenView Storage Data Protector
HP OpenView Storage Data Protector manages backup and recovery processes across local networks and storage area networks (SAN). The software uses a proprietary protocol for communications between the central backup server (Cell Manager) and clients (Agents).

The problem
On HP OpenView Storage Data Protector 5.1 and 5.5, it may be possible for an attacker to create a specially crafted packet that will pass commands to the backup agents with no authentication or input validation.


An remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able execute arbitrary commands on the backup agents with system privileges.


Apply a patch from the vendor
HP has released patches to address this issue. Please see the systems affected section of this document for more information.

Restrict access
Restricting network access to the backup agents may mitigate this vulnerability. The Administrator's Guide provides instructions on configuring the HP OpenView Storage Data Protector software.

Vendor Information


Hewlett-Packard Company Affected

Updated:  August 23, 2006



Vendor Statement

Patches are available. Please refer to the following Security Bulletin for details.

Document ID: c00742778
HPSBMA02138 SSRT061184 rev.1 - HP OpenView Storage Data Protector, Remote Arbitrary Command Execution

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


See HP Security Bulletin c00742778 for more details.

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This vulnerability was originally reported by NISCC.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4201
Severity Metric: 0.94
Date Public: 2006-08-14
Date First Published: 2006-08-23
Date Last Updated: 2007-01-12 21:39 UTC
Document Revision: 28

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