Vulnerability Note VU#753264

IPSwitch WhatsUp Gold does not validate commands when deserializing XML objects

Original Release date: 07 Jan 2016 | Last revised: 07 Jan 2016


IPSwitch WhatsUp Gold version 16.3 does not properly validate data when deserializing XML objects sent over SOAP requests.


CWE-502: Deserialization of Untrusted Data - CVE-2015-8261

WhatsUp Gold version 16.3 contains a SOAP request handler named DroneDeleteOldMeasurements. User-controlled data may be passed to the application within a serialized XML object via a SOAP request. This data is later directly included into an SQLite query without being sanitized or properly escaped, allowing an attacker to perform SQL Injection attacks.


An unauthenticated remote attacker may be able to execute SQL queries on the database.


Apply an update

IPSwitch has released WhatsUp Gold version 16.4, which addresses this issue. Affected users are encouraged to update as soon as possible.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Ipswitch, IncAffected02 Nov 201508 Dec 2015
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base 10.0 AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Temporal 7.8 E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental 5.9 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND


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Thanks to Matt Buzanowski for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Garret Wassermann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2015-8261
  • Date Public: 19 Dec 2015
  • Date First Published: 07 Jan 2016
  • Date Last Updated: 07 Jan 2016
  • Document Revision: 24


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