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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter Server Java Code Injection RCE


March 2, 2015








Base Score



CVSS2 Vector

Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter Server Java Code Injection RCE - High






Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter is an optional web based application that, if installed, is installed separately in a customer’s environment for advanced monitoring, alerting, and reporting capabilities.  Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter for Linux/Unix is susceptible to Java Code injection that could potentially result in privileged access to the application.


Affected Products




Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter for Linux/Unix through 7.6.1

Upgrade to Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter or apply the mitigation identified below

Products Not Affected



Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter for Linux/Unix and prior 

Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter for Windows



Symantec was notified of a Java Code injection in the optional Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter advanced monitoring, alerting, and reporting application.  The application fails to properly filter/sanitize incoming Java Code input, which could potentially allow injection and execution of specifically formatted content. Successful exploitation could potentially result in data loss or corruption, denial of service or complete compromise of the OpsCenter application.

In a normal installation, the Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter should not be externally accessible external to the network environment.  Any attempt to exploit this issue would require network access either by an authorized network user or an external attacker able to leverage network access. 


Symantec Response
Symantec engineers verified this issue and have resolved it in Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter  Customers should upgrade to this release to avoid potential incidents of this nature. 

Symantec is not aware of exploitation of or adverse customer impact from these issues.


Update Information

NetBackup OpsCenter is available through the following link for download and README information:



Symantec recommends customers upgrade to the latest Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter release if installed in their environment.  However, if unable to upgrade immediately, there is a workaround available to mitigate this issue in the affected versions of NetBackup OpsCenter per instructions in TechAlert TECH227777, http://symantec.com/docs/TECH227777 .


Best Practices
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends that customers:

·          Restrict access of administration or management systems to privileged users.

·          Restrict remote access, if required, to trusted/authorized systems only.

·          Run under the principle of least privilege where possible to limit the impact of   exploit by threats.

·          Keep all operating systems and applications updated with the latest vendor patches.

·          Follow a multi-layered approach to security. Run both firewall and anti-malware applications, at a minimum, to provide multiple points of detection and protection to both inbound and outbound threats.

·          Deploy network and host-based intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This may aid in detection of attacks or malicious activity related to exploitation of latent vulnerabilities


Symantec would like to thank an anonymous researcher working with Beyond Security SecuriTeam Secure Disclosure.



BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID (BID) to this issue for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability database.


CVE: The issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.







BID 72737

Symantec NetBackup OpsCenter Java Code Injection RCE






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