Cobalt RaQ4 Administrative Interface Command Execution Vulnerability



Date Discovered

December 5, 2002


The RaQ4 is a server appliance distributed and maintained by Sun Microsystems. A vulnerability has been reported in the web administration interface of the RaQ4. It is possible for a remote attacker to execute commands. By passing malicious email parameter to the vulnerable CGI script, commands are carried out in the security context of the administration server. This vulnerability only affects RaQ4 servers with the RaQ4 Security Hardening Package (SHP) installed. The SHP is not installed by default.

Technologies Affected

  • Cobalt RaQ 4.0.0


Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.
Filter untrusted network traffic to RaQ4 administrative ports at border routers and network firewalls.

Disable any unneccessary default services.
Systems not requiring web administration capabilities should not run web administration servers.

The vendor has fixed this issue with package RaQ4-en-Security-2.0.1-SHP_REM.pkg.



Vulnerability discovery credited to <>.

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