Symantec Web Gateway up to 5.2.1 command injection

CVSS Meta Temp Score
CVSS is a standardized scoring system to determine possibilities of attacks. The Temp Score considers temporal factors like disclosure, exploit and countermeasures. The unique Meta Score calculates the average score of different sources to provide a normalized scoring system.
Current Exploit Price (≈)
Our analysts are monitoring exploit markets and are in contact with vulnerability brokers. The range indicates the observed or calculated exploit price to be seen on exploit markets. A good indicator to understand the monetary effort required for and the popularity of an attack.
CTI Interest Score
Our Cyber Threat Intelligence team is monitoring different web sites, mailing lists, exploit markets and social media networks. The CTI Interest Score identifies the interest of attackers and the security community for this specific vulnerability in real-time. A high score indicates an elevated risk to be targeted for this vulnerability.

A vulnerability was found in Symantec Web Gateway up to 5.2.1 (Firewall Software). It has been classified as critical. Affected is an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a command injection vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-77. The product constructs all or part of a command using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the intended command when it is sent to a downstream component. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was disclosed 12/16/2014 by Egidio Romano with Secunia as SYM14-016 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2014-7285 since 10/02/2014. The exploitability is told to be difficult. The attack needs to be done within the local network. A authentication is necessary for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1202 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

A public exploit has been developed by Metasploit and been published 3 months after the advisory. The exploit is shared for download at It is declared as highly functional. As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 80118 (Symantec Web Gateway < 5.2.2 Authenticated OS Command Injection (SYM14-016)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CGI abuses.

Upgrading to version 5.2.2 eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be patching the affected component. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 19666.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (80118) and Exploit-DB (36263).







CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.1
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.8

VulDB Base Score: 7.1
VulDB Temp Score: 6.8
VulDB Vector: 🔍
VulDB Reliability: 🔍



VulDB Base Score: 🔍
VulDB Temp Score: 🔍
VulDB Reliability: 🔍

NVD Base Score: 🔍


Class: Command injection
CWE: CWE-77 / CWE-74 / CWE-707
ATT&CK: T1202

Local: No
Remote: Partially

Availability: 🔍
Access: Public
Status: Highly functional
Author: Metasploit
Download: 🔍

EPSS Score: 🔍
EPSS Percentile: 🔍

Price Prediction: 🔍
Current Price Estimation: 🔍


Nessus ID: 80118
Nessus Name: Symantec Web Gateway < 5.2.2 Authenticated OS Command Injection (SYM14-016)
Nessus File: 🔍
Nessus Risk: 🔍
Nessus Family: 🔍

OpenVAS ID: 803094
OpenVAS Name: Symantec Web Gateway Unspecified Remote Command Execution Vulnerability - Dec14
OpenVAS File: 🔍
OpenVAS Family: 🔍

MetaSploit ID: symantec_web_gateway_restore.rb
MetaSploit Name: Symantec Web Gateway 5 restore.php Post Authentication Command Injection
MetaSploit File: 🔍

Exploit-DB: 🔍

Threat Intelligenceinfo

Interest: 🔍
Active Actors: 🔍
Active APT Groups: 🔍


Recommended: Patch
Status: 🔍

0-Day Time: 🔍
Exploit Delay Time: 🔍

Upgrade: Web Gateway 5.2.2
TippingPoint: 🔍

McAfee IPS: 🔍
McAfee IPS Version: 🔍

Fortigate IPS: 🔍


10/02/2014 🔍
12/16/2014 +75 days 🔍
12/16/2014 +0 days 🔍
12/16/2014 +0 days 🔍
12/17/2014 +1 days 🔍
12/17/2014 +0 days 🔍
12/18/2014 +1 days 🔍
12/19/2014 +1 days 🔍
12/29/2014 +10 days 🔍
03/04/2015 +65 days 🔍
03/04/2015 +0 days 🔍
03/01/2022 +2554 days 🔍



Advisory: SYM14-016
Researcher: Egidio Romano
Organization: Secunia
Status: Confirmed
Confirmation: 🔍

CVE: CVE-2014-7285 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1031386 - Symantec Web Gateway Lets Remote Authenticated Users Execute Arbitrary Commands
Vulnerability Center: 47833 - Symantec Web Gateway Appliance <5.2.2 Remote OS Commands Execution, Medium
SecurityFocus: 71620 - Symantec Web Gateway CVE-2014-7285 Command Injection Vulnerability
OSVDB: 116009

scip Labs:


Created: 12/18/2014 09:46 AM
Updated: 03/01/2022 12:50 PM
Changes: 12/18/2014 09:46 AM (78), 06/17/2017 07:17 AM (16), 03/01/2022 12:50 PM (3)
Complete: 🔍


No comments yet. Languages: en.

Please log in to comment.

Do you know our Splunk app?

Download it now for free!