Observium Network Monitor rrdtool.inc.php command injection

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A vulnerability has been found in Observium Network Monitor (the affected version is unknown) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects some unknown processing of the file /includes/rrdtool.inc.php. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-77. The software 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 09/01/2016. The weakness was presented 11/10/2016 by Ronald Volgers as [CT-2016-1110] Unauthenticated RCE in Observium network monitor as confirmed mailinglist post (Full-Disclosure). The advisory is shared for download at seclists.org. The public release was coordinated in cooperation with the vendor. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be initiated remotely. Required for exploitation is a single authentication. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available. Responsible for the vulnerability is the following code:

function rrdtool_pipe_open(&$rrd_process, &$rrd_pipes)
 global $config;

 $command = $config['rrdtool'] . " -"; // Waits for input via standard input (STDIN)

 $descriptorspec = array(
    0 => array("pipe", "r"),  // stdin
    1 => array("pipe", "w"),  // stdout
    2 => array("pipe", "w")   // stderr

 $cwd = $config['rrd_dir'];
 $env = array();

 $rrd_process = proc_open($command, $descriptorspec, $rrd_pipes, $cwd, $env);

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 55 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

See 93567, 93569 and 93570 for similar entries.




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VulDB Meta Base Score: 6.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.0

VulDB Base Score: 6.3
VulDB Temp Score: 6.0
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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

Availability: 🔍
Status: Not defined
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: seclists.org


09/01/2016 🔍
10/21/2016 +50 days 🔍
10/21/2016 +0 days 🔍
10/26/2016 +5 days 🔍
11/10/2016 +15 days 🔍
11/11/2016 +1 days 🔍
05/30/2019 +930 days 🔍


Advisory: [CT-2016-1110] Unauthenticated RCE in Observium network monitor
Researcher: Ronald Volgers
Status: Confirmed
Coordinated: 🔍
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Created: 11/11/2016 03:54 PM
Updated: 05/30/2019 09:27 AM
Changes: (1) vulnerability_cwe
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