VDB-60999 · CVE-2012-2395 · BID 53666

Michael Dehaan Cobbler 2.2.0 XMLRPC API privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in Michael Dehaan Cobbler 2.2.0. It has been classified as critical. This affects an unknown functionality of the component XMLRPC API. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privileges management vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-269. The software does not properly assign, modify, track, or check privileges for an actor, creating an unintended sphere of control for that actor. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Incomplete blacklist vulnerability in action_power.py in Cobbler 2.2.0 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via shell metacharacters in the (1) username or (2) password fields to the power_system method in the xmlrpc API.

The weakness was shared 06/15/2012 by David Black (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at github.com. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2012-2395 since 04/19/2012. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1068 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 74635 (openSUSE Security Update : cobbler (openSUSE-SU-2012:0655-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (74635).





  • open-source

CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


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Class: Privileges management
CWE: CWE-269 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 74635
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : cobbler (openSUSE-SU-2012:0655-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 850287
OpenVAS Name: SuSE Update for update openSUSE-SU-2012:0655-1 (update)
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Patch: github.com


04/11/2012 🔍
04/11/2012 +0 days 🔍
04/19/2012 +8 days 🔍
06/15/2012 +57 days 🔍
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06/18/2012 +3 days 🔍
06/13/2014 +725 days 🔍
03/23/2015 +283 days 🔍
12/04/2021 +2448 days 🔍


Advisory: 6d9167e5da44eca56bdf42b5776097a6779aaadf
Researcher: David Black
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2012-2395 (🔍)
Vulnerability Center: 35347 - Cobbler 2.2.0 Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability via Shell Metacharacters, High
SecurityFocus: 53666 - Cobbler Remote Command Injection Vulnerability
OSVDB: 82458


Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 12/04/2021 03:12 AM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (58), 04/13/2017 05:21 PM (11), 12/04/2021 03:05 AM (4), 12/04/2021 03:12 AM (1)
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