Bug 508646 (CVE-2009-2288) - CVE-2009-2288 nagios: remote code execution via statuswml.cgi CGI script
Summary: CVE-2009-2288 nagios: remote code execution via statuswml.cgi CGI script
Alias: CVE-2009-2288
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 508649
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Reported: 2009-06-29 10:17 UTC by Tomas Hoger
Modified: 2019-09-29 12:30 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2016-06-10 22:30:30 UTC

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2009:1141 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Important: nagios security update 2009-07-02 20:29:36 UTC

Description Tomas Hoger 2009-06-29 10:17:20 UTC
A remote shell code injection flaw was found in statuswml.cgi script in nagios.  A remote attacker able to access nagios web pages (usually protected by HTTP authentication) can run arbitrary commands with CGI script's (i.e. web server) privileges.

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Comment 1 Tomas Hoger 2009-06-29 10:34:45 UTC
Access control defaults for nagios packages:

- By default, access to nagios web pages is only allowed for localhost.
- Additionally, access to pages is protected by HTTP authentication.  There's no user created by default.
- Note: it seems that during nagios2 -> nagios3 transition, an attempt was made to provide default user/password (nagiosadmin:nagiosadmin) in .htpasswd file:


However, /etc/httpd/conf.d/nagios.conf file has not been updated and still references (non-existent) /etc/nagios/passwd file and not newly added /etc/nagios/.htpasswd file.  Please correct me if I'm missing something here.  I'm also not sure if there's a good reason to use .ht as file name prefix (file is not in web server's docroot).

Red Hat HPC Solution:
- Based on Fedora 2.x Fedora packages, so nagios package by default only allow access from localhost and requires authentication.
- However, kusu-nagios-config overwrites httpd/conf.d/nagios.conf file in its postinst script to allow access from any host by default and creates user with fixed default password (admin:admin).  This default user name and password is documented in HPC installation guide, but it seems to lack instructions on how to change this default.


Comment 4 Tomas Hoger 2009-07-01 12:09:00 UTC
statuswml.cgi in Nagios before 3.1.1 allows remote attackers to
execute arbitrary commands via shell metacharacters in the (1) ping or
(2) Traceroute parameters.

Comment 6 errata-xmlrpc 2009-07-02 20:29:44 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat HPC Solution for RHEL 5

Via RHSA-2009:1141 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-1141.html

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2009-07-07 14:49:03 UTC
nagios-2.12-6.el4 has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 4.

Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2009-07-07 14:49:10 UTC
nagios-2.12-6.el5 has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 5.

Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2009-07-09 05:42:13 UTC
nagios-2.12-6.el5 has been pushed to the Fedora EPEL 5 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2009-07-09 05:42:23 UTC
nagios-2.12-6.el4 has been pushed to the Fedora EPEL 4 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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