Date: 23 December 2015
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
EMC VPLEX Undocumented Account Vulnerability
23 December 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: EMC VPLEX
Operating System: Virtualisation
Impact/Access: Root Compromise -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2015-6850
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ESA-2015-174: EMC VPLEX Undocumented Account Vulnerability
EMC Identifier: ESA-2015-174
CVE Identifier: CVE-2015-6850
Severity Rating: CVSS Base Score 6.8 (AV:L/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C)
EMC Software: EMC VPLEX GeoSynchrony 5. 4 SP1 P2 and earlier
EMC Software: EMC VPLEX GeoSynchrony 5.5
EMC VPLEX GeoSynchrony code level 5.5 and earlier contains an undocumented
account that may potentially be utilized by malicious VPLEX users to gain
unauthorized access to the system.
EMC VPLEX enables the root account that was found to be undocumented and
protected with default password. The users are prevented from logging into
VPLEX directly as root. However, any VPLEX user who is already logged in can
elevate his/her privilege to root with knowledge of the default password.
Note: "Root" account is not required for normal operations of the product.
Service account is the only authorized account to get the root privilege for
the purpose of functionality and maintaining the product.
EMC updated product documentation to include information about the "root"
account and how to change its default password. The following steps need to be
performed to resolve this issue:
Upgrade the VPLEX GeoSynchrony to versions 5.4 SP1 P3 or 5.5 Patch 1.
Once you have upgraded to 5.4 SP1 P3 or 5.5 Patch 1, customers must follow the
instructions in the KB Article 211258 (https://support.emc.com/kb/211258), How
to change default password for EMC VPLEX root account, to change default
Note: VS1 customers cannot upgrade to 5.5 Patch 1, since only VS2 hardware is
capable of running 5.5 Patch 1. VS1 customers must upgrade to 5.4 SP1 P3, and
VS2 customers can go to either 5.4 SP1 P3, or 5.5 Patch 1.
Given the elevated permissions granted to the service account, its default
password must be also changed (if not done already) in order to better protect
VPLEX from misuse or abuse of those privileges. Refer to EMC VPLEX Security
Configuration Guide (https://support.emc.com/docu31419) for more information.
EMC recommends that all customers upgrade to one of the above listed versions
at their earliest opportunity and change all default passwords to fully
mitigate the risk.
Link To Remedies
Customers must follow KB 211258, How to change default password for EMC VPLEX
root account, and can download the script mentioned in the KB from EMC's
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
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