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EMC NetWorker Format String

EMC NetWorker Format String
Posted Aug 30, 2012
Authored by Aaron Portnoy | Site emc.com

A format string vulnerability exists in the EMC NetWorker nsrd RPC service that could potentially be exploited by a malicious user to execute arbitrary code. Versions 8.0, 7.6.4, and 7.6.3 are all affected.

tags | advisory, arbitrary
advisories | CVE-2012-2288
MD5 | b4e80dd8f309b599062dbfade14faa4a

EMC NetWorker Format String

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ESA-2012-038: EMC NetWorker Format String Vulnerability

EMC Identifier: ESA-2012-038

CVE Identifier: CVE-2012-2288

Severity Rating: 9.3 (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected products:

EMC NetWorker 7.6.3

EMC NetWorker 7.6.4

EMC NetWorker 8.0


A format string vulnerability exists in the EMC NetWorker nsrd RPC service that could potentially be exploited by a malicious user to execute arbitrary code.


The nsrd RPC service is the NetWorker binary responsible for managing save and recover operations, gathering statistics, and maintaining the NetWorker resource database. The availability of this NetWorker Server process is essential for the proper operation of the product.

Under the context of an account running the NetWorker Server process, a remote malicious user could send a specially-crafted message that could corrupt application memory and subsequently execute arbitrary code.


The following EMC NetWorker products contain resolutions to this issue:

EMC NetWorker and later
EMC NetWorker and later

Link to remedies:

Registered EMC Online Support customers can download software from support.emc.com.

Select “Support by Product” and type “NetWorker”(https://support.emc.com/products/1095_NetWorker). From this page select “Downloads”, “Documentation” or “Advisories” as required.


EMC would like to thank Aaron Portnoy via the Exodus Intelligence Program (http://www.exodusintel.com/eip) for reporting this issue.

Because the view is restricted based on customer agreements, you may not have permission to view certain downloads. Should you not see a software download you believe you should have access to, follow the instructions in EMC Knowledgebase solution emc116045.

For an explanation of Severity Ratings, refer to EMC Knowledgebase solution emc218831. EMC recommends all customers take into account both the base score and any relevant temporal and environmental scores which may impact the potential severity associated with particular security vulnerability.

EMC Corporation distributes EMC Security Advisories, in order to bring to the attention of users of the affected EMC products, important security information. EMC recommends that all users determine the applicability of this information to their individual situations and take appropriate action. The information set forth herein is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. EMC disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. In no event, shall EMC or its suppliers, be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special damages, even if EMC or its suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, so the foregoing limitation may not apply.

EMC Product Security Response Center


Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (Cygwin)



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