Novell NetIQ 2.3.0/2.3.1 Privileged User Manager unifid.exe pa_modify_accounts improper authentication

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Novell NetIQ 2.3.0/2.3.1. This affects the function pa_modify_accounts in the library auth.dll of the file unifid.exe of the component Privileged User Manager. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a improper authentication vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-287. When an actor claims to have a given identity, the product does not prove or insufficiently proves that the claim is correct. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 11/15/2012 by Andrea Micalizzi (rgod) as confirmed exploit (Website). The advisory is shared at The public release was coordinated with Novell. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2012-5930 since 11/20/2012. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details and a public exploit are known.

A public exploit has been developed by Andrea Micalizzi (rgod) in PHP and been published immediately after the advisory. The exploit is shared for download at It is declared as proof-of-concept. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 62991 (NetIQ Privileged User Manager Password Change Authentication Bypass (intrusive check)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CGI abuses. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 120749 (NetIQ Privileged User Manager Remote Code Execution Vulnerability).

Upgrading to version 2.3.1 HF2 eliminates this vulnerability. The upgrade is hosted for download at A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (80067) and Tenable (62991). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 7219 and 7220.







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Class: Improper authentication
CWE: CWE-287
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)
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Nessus ID: 62991
Nessus Name: NetIQ Privileged User Manager Password Change Authentication Bypass (intrusive check)
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OpenVAS ID: 802043
OpenVAS Name: Novell NetIQ Privileged User Manager Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: NetIQ 2.3.1 HF2


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Researcher: Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2012-5930 (🔍)
X-Force: 80067 - Novell NetIQ Privileged User Manager security bypass, Medium Risk
Vulnerability Center: 38005 - NetIQ Privileged User Manager ModifyAccounts Method Allows Remote Unauthorized Admin Accounts Access, Medium
SecurityFocus: 56535 - NetIQ Privileged User Manager Admin Password Change Authentication Bypass Vulnerability
Secunia: 51291 - Novell Privileged User Manager Security Bypass Vulnerabilities, Moderately Critical
OSVDB: 88756

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Created: 12/28/2012 06:48 PM
Updated: 04/20/2021 01:51 PM
Changes: 12/28/2012 06:48 PM (98), 04/23/2017 02:12 PM (3), 04/20/2021 01:51 PM (4)
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