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Red Hat Network Satellite Server Grants Administrative Access to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1029331
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2013-4480   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 12 2013
Impact:   Modification of system information, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Red Hat Network Satellite Server. A remote user can gain administrative access to the target system.

The web interface used to create the initial administrator user is not disabled after the initial user is created. A remote user can create an administrator user account with arbitrary credentials and then gain control of the target Satellite server.

Andrew Spurrier of Red Hat reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can gain administrative access on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

The vendor's advisories are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Red Hat Enterprise)
Underlying OS Comments:  5, 6

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [RHSA-2013:1513-01] Critical: rhn-java-sat security update

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Critical: rhn-java-sat security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2013:1513-01
Product:           Red Hat Satellite
Advisory URL:
Issue date:        2013-11-12
CVE Names:         CVE-2013-4480 

1. Summary:

An updated rhn-java-sat package that fixes a security issue is now
available for Red Hat Network Satellite 5.2.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having critical
security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,
which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in
the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Satellite 5.2 (RHEL v.5) - noarch

3. Description:

Red Hat Network Satellite is a systems management tool for Linux-based
infrastructures. It allows for provisioning, monitoring, and remote
management of multiple Linux deployments with a single, centralized tool.
The rhn-java-sat packages contain the code for the Java version of the Red
Hat Network Satellite Web site.

It was found that the web interface provided by Red Hat Network Satellite
to create the initial administrator user was not disabled after the initial
user was created. A remote attacker could use this flaw to create an
administrator user with credentials they specify. This user could then be
used to assume control of the Satellite server. (CVE-2013-4480)

This issue was discovered by Andrew Spurrier of Red Hat.

All rhn-java-sat users are advised to upgrade to this updated package,
which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

5. Bugs fixed (

1024614 - CVE-2013-4480 Satellite: Interface to create the initial administrator user remains open after installation

6. Package List:

Red Hat Satellite 5.2 (RHEL v.5):



These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from

7. References:

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <>.  More contact
details at

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