Sophos Web Appliance up to Active Directory command injection

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A vulnerability was found in Sophos Web Appliance up to It has been classified as critical. This affects some unknown processing of the component Active Directory Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-77. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 03/30/2017. The weakness was published 03/30/2017 by Russell Sanford (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2017-6183 since 02/21/2017. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. Required for exploitation is a authentication. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 99237 (Sophos Web Appliance < Multiple Vulnerabilities), 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. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 87285 (Sophos Secure Web Appliance Multiple Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version eliminates this vulnerability. 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 SecurityFocus (BID 97261) and Tenable (99237). Similar entries are available at 99104, 99106 and 99107.




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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 99237
Nessus Name: Sophos Web Appliance < Multiple Vulnerabilities
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Researcher: Russell Sanford
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CVE: CVE-2017-6183 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 97261 - Sophos Web Appliance Multiple Command Injection and Session Fixation Vulnerabilities
OSVDB: - CVE-2017-6183 - Sophos Web Appliance - Command Injection Issue

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Created: 03/31/2017 10:46 AM
Updated: 08/24/2020 09:45 AM
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