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IPSwitch WhatsUp Gold does not validate commands when deserializing XML objects

Vulnerability Note VU#753264

Original Release Date: 2016-01-07 | Last Revised: 2016-01-07


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


Ipswitch, Inc Affected

Notified:  November 02, 2015 Updated: December 08, 2015

Statement Date:   December 07, 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.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 10 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



Thanks to Matt Buzanowski for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Garret Wassermann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2015-8261
Date Public: 2015-12-19
Date First Published: 2016-01-07
Date Last Updated: 2016-01-07 16:36 UTC
Document Revision: 25

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