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Vulnerability of HP SiteScope: privilege escalation via DNS Tool

Synthesis of the vulnerability 

A local attacker can use the DNS Tool of HP SiteScope, in order to escalate his privileges.
Vulnerable products: SiteScope.
Severity of this weakness: 2/4.
Creation date: 12/10/2015.
Références of this bulletin: R7-2015-17, SSRT103139, VIGILANCE-VUL-18072, VU#626368.

Description of the vulnerability 

The HP SiteScope product usually allows local users to access to DNS tools.

However, on Windows, an attacker can ask the resolution of "example.com & shell-command". In this case, as "&" is a command separator, the shell command is run with privileges of the SiteScope service (SYSTEM).

A local attacker can therefore use the DNS Tool of HP SiteScope, in order to escalate his privileges.
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This computer threat impacts software or systems such as SiteScope.

Our Vigil@nce team determined that the severity of this computer vulnerability alert is medium.

The trust level is of type confirmed by the editor, with an origin of user shell.

A proof of concept or an attack tool is available, so your teams have to process this alert. An attacker with a technician ability can exploit this cybersecurity weakness.

Solutions for this threat 

HP SiteScope: workaround for DNS Tool.
A workaround is to define an access password for SiteScope.
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