TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Hewlett-Packard AutoPass License Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-14-195: June 11th, 2014


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Hewlett-Packard AutoPass License Server. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The flaw exists within the CommunicationServlet. The specific flaw is a directory traversal vulnerability, which allows an unauthenticated user to write a file anywhere on the server. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code in the context of the SYSTEM user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2013-12-09 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2014-06-11 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod