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HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Remote Command Execution Vulnerability



HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) provides virtualized SAN infrastructure for a Vmware ESX environment. VSA consolidates server disk drives and external storage into a virtual iSCSI SAN. The appliance includes a management service which listens on numerous TCP and UDP ports.


Remote exploitation of an arbitrary command execution vulnerability in HP.'s StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected service.

The management service implements a protocol command to allow a remote client to ping a remote device from the VSA. Input passed as part of this ping request is not correctly sanitized. This condition may result in an arbitrary command execution. This vulnerability does not require authentication as default account credentials are hard-coded into the management service.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected service. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker needs to be able to create a TCP connection to the targeted VSA on port 13838.


HP P4000 Virtual SAN/iQ versions prior to 9.5 are vulnerable.


TCP port 13838 may be firewalled on the Virtual SAN Appliance.


HP has released patches and workarounds to address this vulnerability. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2011-4157 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


10/20/2010 Initial Vendor Notification
11/09/2010 Initial Vendor Reply
11/11/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Nicolas Gr?ire / Agarri.

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