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       ESA-2016-037: EMC PowerPath Management Appliance Information
                         Disclosure Vulnerability
                              30 January 2017


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:          EMC PowerPath Management Appliance
Publisher:        EMC
Operating System: VMware ESX Server
Impact/Access:    Access Confidential Data -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:       Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:        CVE-2016-0890  

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ESA-2016-037: EMC PowerPath Management Appliance Information Disclosure Vulnerability

EMC Identifier: ESA-2016-037

CVE Identifier: CVE-2016-0890

Severity Rating: CVSS v3 Base Score: 6.4 (AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:L/A:L)  

Affected products:
EMC PowerPath Virtual (Management) Appliance 2.0
EMC PowerPath Virtual (Management) Appliance 2.0 SP1

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance is affected by a sensitive information disclosure vulnerability that may potentially be exploited by malicious users to compromise the affected system

The service running on port 5672 (AMQP server) in PowerPath Virtual (Management) Appliance listens on both loopback and external interfaces. The external interface for this service is unnecessary but, when it is used, the messages are transmitted in plain text. A malicious user with access to exposed communication path may potentially sniff sensitive information, such as credentials, over this interface.

The external interface has been disabled in EMC PowerPath Management Appliance version 2.1. Customers can either upgrade to this version or apply the workaround to remediate this issue.

The following EMC PowerPath Management Appliance release contains the resolution to this vulnerability:

EMC PowerPath Management Appliance version 2.1

Note: The \x{147}PowerPath Virtual Appliance\x{148} has been renamed to \x{147}PowerPath Management Appliance.\x{148}

EMC recommends all customers upgrade at the earliest opportunity.


If you are unable to upgrade to EMC PowerPath Management Appliance 2.1, the following workaround may be applied:

Disable AMQP port 5672 from external access using "iptables". Log in to the PowerPath Virtual (Management) Appliance as root and execute the following commands:

# iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5672 -s <vApp IP> -j ACCEPT
# iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5672 -s localhost -j ACCEPT
# iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5672 -j DROP

Link to remedies:
Customers can download software from

Read and use the information in this EMC Security Advisory to assist in avoiding any situation that might arise from the problems described herein. If you have any questions regarding this product alert, contact EMC Software Technical Support at 1-877-534-2867.

For an explanation of Severity Ratings, refer to EMC Knowledgebase solution emc218831. EMC recommends all customers take into account both the base score and any relevant temporal and environmental scores which may impact the potential severity associated with particular security vulnerability.

EMC recommends that all users determine the applicability of this information to their individual situations and take appropriate action. The information set forth herein is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. EMC disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. In no event, shall EMC or its suppliers, be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special damages, even if EMC or its suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, so the foregoing limitation may not apply.
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