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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
HPESBHF03723 rev.1 - HPE Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager,
using Apache Struts, Remote Code Execution
30 March 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: HPE Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2017-5638
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Note: the current version of the following document is available here:
SUPPORT COMMUNICATION - SECURITY BULLETIN
Document ID: hpesbhf03723en_us
HPESBHF03723 rev.1 - HPE Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager, using Apache Struts,
Remote Code Execution
NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as
soon as possible.
Release Date: 2017-03-29
Last Updated: 2017-03-29
Potential Security Impact: Remote: Code Execution
Source: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Product Security Response Team
A potential security vulnerability has been identified in HPE Aruba ClearPass
Policy Manager. The vulnerability could be remotely exploited to allow
execution of code.
**Note:** The ClearPass Policy Manager administrative Web interface is
affected by the vulnerability. ClearPass Guest, Insight, and Graphite are NOT
- CVE-2017-5638 - Apache Struts, remote code execution
SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
- Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager All versions prior to 6.6.5
CVSS Base Metrics
Reference, CVSS V3 Score/Vector, CVSS V2 Score/Vector
Information on CVSS is documented in
HPE Customer Notice HPSN-2008-002 here:
HPE Aruba has provided hotfixes for ClearPass 6.6.5, 6.6.4, and 6.5.7. Use
one of the following methods to install the appropriate hotfix:
Install the Hotfix Online Using the Software Updates Portal:
1. Open ClearPass Policy Manager and go to Administration - Agents and
Updates - Software Updates.
2. In the Firmware and Patch Updates area, find the "ClearPass 6.5.7
Patch for CVE-2017-5638" or "ClearPass 6.6.4 Hotfix Patch for
patch and click the Download button in its row.
3. Click Install.
4. When the installation is complete and the status is shown as "Needs
Restart", proceed to restart ClearPass. After reboot, the status for the
patch will be shown as Installed. The ClearPass Policy Manager version
number will not change.
Installing the hotfix Offline Using the Patch File from
1. Download the "ClearPass 6.5.7 Hotfix Patch for CVE-2017-5638" or
"ClearPass 6.6.4 Hotfix Patch for CVE-2017-5638" patch from the Support
2. Open the ClearPass Policy Manager Admin UI and go to Administration -
Agents and Software Updates - Software Updates.
3. At the bottom of the Firmware and Patch Updates area, click Import
and browse to the downloaded patch file. The name and description once
imported may differ from the name and remark on the support site
as these were adjusted after posting. This is purely a cosmetic
4. Click Install.
5. When the installation is complete and the status is shown as Needs
proceed to restart ClearPass. After reboot, the status for the patch will
be shown as Installed. The ClearPass Policy Manager version number will
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Restrict access to the Policy Manager Admin Web Interface. This can be
accomplished by navigating to Administration - Server Manager -
Server Configuration - Server-Name - Network - Restrict Access and
only allowing non-public or network management networks.
**Note:** Please contact HPE Technical Support if any assistance is needed
acquiring the software updates.
Version:1 (rev.1) - 29 March 2017 Initial release
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