SSD Advisory – Panopta OnSight Remote Root

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Vulnerability Details
Panopta OnSight is a virtual appliance which exposes two primary network services, nginx and sshd. There are two undocumented user accounts on the system, one of which’s password leaked after examining the file system. This user is in the sudo group, so after login to the system, privileges can be elevated and a user can execute arbitrary shell commands as root.

Upon boot of the appliance, a randomly generated admin password (Panopta OnSight key) for the web console is generated. An example is demonstrated below:
panopta onsight configuration console
By rebooting the system and entering recovery mode, we physically gained root access to the appliance. Looking through the file system, it was noticed that several sensitive files were left on the box during ship. Among these, the most useful proved to be .bash_history found in the /home/panopta.admin directory:
As we can see, the vendor erroneously pasted what instinctively looks like a password, as a shell command, right in the middle of an attempted su session. Testing proved that this is actually the password for the panopta.admin system account, which can remotely login via SSH and has sudo privileges.
$ ssh panopta.admin@pan-onsight
panopta.admin@ pan-onsight's password: [
Panopta OnSight Monitoring Appliance
Web Console: https://pan-onsight/
Agent Proxy: https://pan-onsight:8443
panopta.admin@onsight:~$ sudo bash
[sudo] password for
root@onsight:~# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)

Suggested Fixes / Workaround
SSH access is not documented for this appliance and should either be documented or disabled. Sensitive files should be removed from the file system before shipping the product.
Vendor response

You can view the page referencing the security flaw using the link below. Look for the April 15th release under the Appliance section.

2015-07-26 – The vendor has requested that we censor the password that was shown in the advisory to prevent exploitation of (still) vulnerable servers, we have partially censored the password to prevent easy exploitation – we think though, that completely removing the password would not serve the public rather would make it appear as if “the vulnerability does not exist”.

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