VDB-81016 · CVE-2015-5970 · BID 83238

Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.3/11.4 RPC ChangePassword XPath code injection

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A vulnerability was found in Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.3/11.4 (Policy Management Software). It has been declared as critical. This vulnerability affects the function ChangePassword of the component RPC Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a code injection vulnerability (XPath). The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-94. The software constructs all or part of a code segment using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the syntax or behavior of the intended code segment. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 02/18/2016 by cpnrodzc7 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at novell.com. This vulnerability was named CVE-2015-5970 since 08/12/2015. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1059.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 88982 (Novell ZENworks ChangePassword RPC XPath Injection), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Misc. and running in the context remote.

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Vulnerability Center (SBV-57613) and Tenable (88982).






  • commercial


  • end of life

CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


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VulDB Base Score: 5.3
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Name: XPath
Class: Code injection / XPath
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707
ATT&CK: T1059

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 88982
Nessus Name: Novell ZENworks ChangePassword RPC XPath Injection
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08/12/2015 🔍
02/09/2016 +181 days 🔍
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02/18/2016 +8 days 🔍
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02/19/2016 +1 days 🔍
02/26/2016 +7 days 🔍
03/22/2016 +25 days 🔍
02/02/2019 +1047 days 🔍


Vendor: novell.com

Advisory: novell.com
Researcher: cpnrodzc7
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CVE: CVE-2015-5970 (🔍)
Vulnerability Center: 57613 - Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.3 and 11.4 Remote File System Read via a Malformed Query, Medium
SecurityFocus: 83238 - Novell ZENworks Configuration Management CVE-2015-5970 XPath Injection Vulnerability


Created: 02/19/2016 09:29 AM
Updated: 02/02/2019 11:16 AM
Changes: 02/19/2016 09:29 AM (65), 02/02/2019 11:16 AM (15)
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