TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

HP OpenView Network Node Manager ovas.exe Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-11-005: January 10th, 2011


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Hewlett-Packard OpenView Network Node Manager. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The flaw exists within the ovas.exe component which listens by default on TCP port 7510. When handling the Source Node or Destination Node name POST variables the process blindly copies user supplied data into a fixed-length buffer on the stack. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the OVAS service.

Vendor Response

Hewlett-Packard has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-09-14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2011-01-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory


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