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HP Business Service Management 9.12 remote code execution vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#859230

Original Release Date: 2012-05-16 | Last Revised: 2012-05-16


The HP Business Service Management (HPBSM) application contains a remote code execution vulnerability. Version 9.12 has been reported to be affected but other versions may also be affected.


HPBSM uses the JBOSS application server. In the default configuration, HPBSM contains open ports that may be accessed by an unauthenticated attacker. The attacker can upload a jsp-shell as a .war file and have the JBOSS application server deploy it as a service. In the default configuration, this attacker shell will run with SYSTEM privileges.


An unauthenticated attacker may be able to deploy a backdoor shell with SYSTEM privileges.


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

Restrict Access

Implement appropriate firewall rules to block traffic from untrusted sources to TCP ports 4444, 1098, and 1099.

Vendor Information


Hewlett-Packard Company Affected

Notified:  April 02, 2012 Updated: May 14, 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 10.0 AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Temporal 9.0 E:H/RL:U/RC:UC
Environmental 9 CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to David Elze of Daimler TSS for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jared Allar.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2012-2561
Date Public: 2012-05-16
Date First Published: 2012-05-16
Date Last Updated: 2012-05-16 14:25 UTC
Document Revision: 17

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