Dell EMC VMAX Virtual Appliance Manager Hard-coded Password Vulnerability

A vulnerability in Dell EMC VMAX Virtual Appliance Manager could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain unauthorized access to a targeted system.

The vulnerability is due to the use of the undocumented default account with a default password by an affected system. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by logging in with the hard-coded password. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to gain unauthorized access to the targeted system, which could be used to conduct further attacks.

Dell EMC has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.

CVE Number – CVE-2018-1216

Analysis
  • To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must know the hard-coded password for the affected application. This requirement may reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.
Safeguards
  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

    Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

    Administrators are advised to allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.

    Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.

Vendor Announcements
  • Dell EMC has released a security advisory at the following link: DSA-2018-024
Fixed Software
  • Dell EMC has released software updates for registered users at the following link: EMC Online Support




Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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