Aruba Mobility Controller User Authentication Vulnerability - Aruba Advisory ID: AID-122207 Jan 04 2008 11:42PM
Robbie Gill (rgill arubanetworks com)
Aruba Networks Security Advisory

Title: Aruba Mobility Controller User Authentication Vulnerability
Aruba Advisory ID: AID-122207
Revision: 1.0

Please see attached PGP signed file for details of the vulnerability.

-Robbie

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Robbie Gill
Aruba Networks
rgill (at) arubanetworks (dot) com [email concealed]
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Aruba Networks Security Advisory

Title: Aruba Mobility Controller User Authentication Vulnerability

Aruba Advisory ID: AID-122207

Revision: 1.0

For Public Release on 12/22/2007

SUMMARY

A user authentication vulnerability was discovered during standard bug

reporting procedures in the Aruba Mobility Controller. This

vulnerability affects customers using versions at or below 2.3.6.15,

2.5.2.11, 2.5.4.25, 2.5.5.7, 3.1.1.3, and 2.4.8.11-FIPS using LDAP

authentication for management and VPN (PAP-L2TP) users.

DETAILS

Aruba Mobility Controllers may use external authentication methods to

authenticate administrative and VPN users. A vulnerability in the

LDAP authentication component may allow unauthorized use of

LDAP-authenticated administrative and PAP-L2TP users. LDAP is not the

default authentication method and must be configured as an

authentication method for users before it will be used. By default,

administrative user accounts and passwords are kept in a local

database which is not vulnerable to this defect. Other VPN

authentication methods supported by the Aruba Mobility Controller are

not vulnerable to this defect.

IMPACT

An attacker with access to the management or VPN interfaces of an

Aruba Mobility Controller and knowledge of an existing account may be

able to access the Aruba Mobility Controller with the access levels of

that account (for administrative users) or access the VPN services

(for VPN users).

CVSS BASE METRIC SCORE: 10

WORKAROUNDS

See Solution below.

SOLUTION

Aruba Networks recommends that all customers apply the appropriate

patche(es) as soon as practical. However, in the event that a patch

cannot immediately be applied, the following steps will help to

mitigate the risk:

- - - Do not expose the Mobility Controller administrative interface to

untrusted networks such as the Internet.

- - - Disable LDAP authentication for administrative accounts until such

time as the patches can be applied.

- - - Disable LDAP authentication for VPN users until such time as the

patches can be applied.

- - - Disable anonymous binds in the LDAP server until such time as the

patches can be applied.

OBTAINING FIXED FIRMWARES

Aruba customers can obtain the firmware on the support website:

http://www.arubanetworks.com/support.

Aruba Support contacts are as follows:

1-800-WiFiLAN (1-800-943-4526) (toll free from within North

America)

+1-408-754-1200 (toll call from anywhere in the world)

e-mail: support(at)arubanetworks.com

Please, do not contact either "wsirt(at)arubanetworks.com" or

"security(at)arubanetworks.com" for software upgrades.

EXPLOITATION AND PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

This vulnerability will be announced at

Aruba W.S.I.R.T. Advisory:

http://www.arubanetworks.com/support/wsirt/alerts/aid-122207.asc

SecurityFocus Bugtraq

http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1

STATUS OF THIS NOTICE: Final

Although Aruba Networks cannot guarantee the accuracy of all

statements in this advisory, all of the facts have been checked to the

best of our ability. Aruba Networks does not anticipate issuing

updated versions of this advisory unless there is some material change

in the facts. Should there be a significant change in the facts, Aruba

Networks may update this advisory.

A stand-alone copy or paraphrase of the text of this security advisory

that omits the distribution URL in the following section is an

uncontrolled copy, and may lack important information or contain

factual errors.

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

This advisory will be posted on Aruba's website at:

http://www.arubanetworks.com/support/alerts/aid-122207.asc

Future updates of this advisory, if any, will be placed on Aruba's

worldwide website, but may or may not be actively announced on mailing

lists or newsgroups. Users concerned about this problem are encouraged

to check the above URL for any updates.

REVISION HISTORY

Revision 1.0 / 12-22-2007 / Initial release

ARUBA WSIRT SECURITY PROCEDURES

Complete information on reporting security vulnerabilities in Aruba

Wireless Networks products, obtaining assistance with security

incidents is available at

http://www.arubanetworks.com/support/wsirt.php

For reporting *NEW* Aruba Networks security issues, email can be sent

to wsirt(at)arubanetworks.com or security(at)arubanetworks.com. For

sensitive information we encourage the use of PGP encryption. Our

public keys can be found at

http://www.arubanetworks.com/support/wsirt.php

(c) Copyright 2007 by Aruba Networks, Inc. This advisory may be

redistributed freely after the release date given at the top of the

text, provided that redistributed copies are complete and unmodified,

including all date and version information.

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