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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

        ESA-2015-056: EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Undocumented
                        User Accounts Vulnerability
                               2 April 2015


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:          EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance
Publisher:        EMC
Operating System: VMware ESX Server
Impact/Access:    Unauthorised Access -- Existing Account
Resolution:       Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:        CVE-2015-0529  

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ESA-2015-056: EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Undocumented User Accounts 

EMC Identifier: ESA-2015-056

CVE Identifier: CVE-2015-0529

Severity Rating: CVSS v2 Base Score: 5.0 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected products:

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance (vApp) versions 1.x


EMC PowerPath vApp contains undocumented user accounts that may potentially be
utilized by malicious users to gain limited unauthorized access to the system.


EMC PowerPath vApp enables the user accounts emcupdate and svcuser which were
found to be undocumented and protected with default passwords. These accounts
are restrictive in nature and may provide limited functionality to the 
attacker, such as accessing the system level information, in the event of 
unauthorized access.


The following EMC PowerPath vApp version does not contain the undocumented 
user accounts:

EMC PowerPath vApp 2.0

EMC strongly recommends all customers to upgrade to the above version at the 
earliest opportunity.

Customers who do not wish to upgrade can use the following instructions to 
remove the user accounts. These accounts are not required for product 

1. Login to the appliance as root

2. Issue the following commands:

   userdel emcupdate

   userdel svcuser

Link to remedies:

Registered EMC Online Support customers can download patches and software from
support.emc.com at: https://support.emc.com

The PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Install/Upgrade information is available 

The 2.0 PowerPath Virtual Appliance will be available within the normal 
release location, for your reference a PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Upgrade
Video tutorial is available at: https://community.emc.com/videos/26034.


EMC would like to thank Jeremy Brown for reporting this issue.

Read and use the information in this EMC Security Advisory to assist in 
avoiding any situation that might arise from the problems described herein. If
you have any questions regarding this product alert, contact EMC Software 
Technical Support at 1-877-534-2867.

For an explanation of Severity Ratings, refer to EMC Knowledgebase solution 
emc218831. EMC recommends all customers take into account both the base score
and any relevant temporal and environmental scores which may impact the 
potential severity associated with particular security vulnerability.

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EMC disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including the 
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of business profits or special damages, even if EMC or its suppliers have been
advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the 
exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages,
so the foregoing limitation may not apply.

EMC Product Security Response Center


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