TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

CA Total Defense Suite UNCWS Web Service getDBConfigSettings Credential Disclosure Vulnerability

ZDI-11-127: April 13th, 2011


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of CA Total Defense Suite. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the management.asmx module of the Management Web Service. This process responds to SOAP 1.2 requests on port 34444 for HTTP and port 34443 for HTTPS. Due to a flaw in the implementation of the getDBConfigSettings method, it is possible for an unauthenticated user to obtain the server's database credentials, which are transmitted via plaintext. Given the database credentials, it is trivial for a remote user to authenticate to the server and execute arbitrary code under the context of the database administrator.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-12-16 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2011-04-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod