TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Novell ZENworks Control Center File Upload Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-049: March 22nd, 2013


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Novell ZENworks. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific issues exists within ZENworks Control Center which listens on tcp/443 by default. Insufficient authentication checking on /zenworks/jsp/index.jsp allows a remote attacker to upload files to the webserver. By combining this with a directory traversal vulnerability, an attacker can exploit this condition to gain remote code execution as SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2012-03-14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2013-03-22 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    James Burton
    Insomnia Security