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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESA-2013-041: EMC VNX and Celerra Control Station Elevation
of Privilege Vulnerability
17 May 2013
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: EMC VNX Control Station
EMC Celerra Control Station
Operating System: VMware ESX Server
Impact/Access: Increased Privileges -- Existing Account
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ESA-2013-041: EMC VNX and Celerra Control Station Elevation of Privilege
EMC Identifier: ESA-2013-041
CVE Identifier: CVE-2013-3270
Severity Rating: CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.8 (AV:L/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C)
EMC VNX Control Station versions prior 220.127.116.11
EMC Celerra Control Station versions prior 18.104.22.168
A vulnerability exists in EMC VNX and EMC Celerra Control Station that could
result in elevation of privileges by a lower level administrator with access
to the system.
Script files in affected products exist with ownership permissions for the
nasadmin group account (different from the "nasadmin" user). Commands in these
files could be executed in a root-level context. A less privileged
administrator could exploit this vulnerability to run arbitrary commands as the
Note: The "nasadmin" user account on the VNX or Celerra Control Station is
designed to be the most privileged (and hence most trusted) administrator for
the system. This user has system-wide management capabilities for the box and
is authorized to make extensive changes to the storage system. Use of the
"nasadmin" user account should be viewed and treated appropriately. Additional
information about the nasadmin user, group, and role on the VNX and Celerra
Control Station can be found in EMC Knowledge Base article emc325029.
The following products contain resolution to the security issue described
EMC VNX Control Station version 22.214.171.124 and later
EMC Celerra Control Station version 126.96.36.199 and later
EMC strongly recommends all customers upgrade to above listed versions at the
earliest opportunity. Customers are advised to always review the usage of the
"nasadmin" user account on their systems and restrict it as necessary. See EMC
Knowledge Base article emc325029 for more information.
Link to remedies:
Registered EMC Online Support customers can download software from
support.emc.com by navigating to
EMC VNX: https://support.emc.com/downloads/15495_VNX
EMC Celerra: https://support.emc.com/downloads/7855_Celerra-NS
EMC would like to thank Doug DePerry of iSEC Partners, Inc. for assisting to
find this issue.
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