TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

EMC Data Protection Advisor Application Service Static Credentials Authentication Bypass Vulnerability

ZDI-17-811: September 15th, 2017


CVSS Score

Affected Vendors

Affected Products

    Data Protection Advisor

TippingPoint™ IPS Customer Protection

TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 28106. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to escalate privileges on vulnerable installations of EMC Data Protection Advisor. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the EMC DPA Application service, which listens on TCP port 9002 by default. The issue results from hard-coded hidden user entries within the application database. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to bypass authentication under the context of the Administrator.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2017-04-12 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2017-09-15 - Coordinated public release of advisory


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