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TWSL2010-003: Unauthorized access to root NFS export on EMC Celerra NAS appliance
From: Trustwave Advisories <trustwaveadvisories () trustwave com>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:32:17 -0400
Trustwave's SpiderLabs Security Advisory TWSL2010-003:
Unauthorized access to root NFS export on EMC Celerra Network Attached
Storage (NAS) appliance
Published: 2010-07-29 Version: 1.0
Vendor: EMC (http://www.emc.com)
Product: Celerra Unified Storage products
Version(s) affected: All
The Celerra Unified Storage Platform provides Network Attached Storage (NAS)
services through a combination of server appliances and software modules.
Credit: Steve Ocepek of Trustwave's SpiderLabs
The Celerra appliance's NFS server freely exports its "/" file system and
enforces access using a factory-defined list of authorized IP addresses.
The addresses found on a recent model are listed in the showmount example
below, however this list may differ depending on product version. The IP
addresses are intended for communication internal to the appliance, but are
still accepted from external sources. An attacker can mount this file system
by spoofing an authorized IP address.
The NFS showmount command can be used to obtain a list of the IP addresses:
# showmount -e <Celerra IP address>
Export list for <Celerra IP address>:
Because the appliance's NFS server does not enable the "rootsquash" feature,
full access to the file system is possible by mounting the export using root
Fully spoofing the source IP address (for sending and receiving packets)
will usually require access to the local subnet or the ability to exploit
some other network infrastructure vulnerability. On Linux, local IP address
spoofing can be accomplished by creating an alias interface and using the
"ip route" command to set the source IP accordingly.
# ifconfig eth0:0 220.127.116.11
# ip route add <Celerra IP address> dev eth0 src 18.104.22.168
# mkdir nfs
# mount <Celerra IP address>:/ nfs
The flaw allows unauthorized access to files contained on the system,
including all CIFS shares and iSCSI mounted drives. The "/" path does not
correspond to the true root of the file system -- only the root of the user
data directory is exposed.
The vendor has acknowledged this issue and issued the following workaround.
Vendor has also published a knowledgebase article about the issue and
mitigation so support can help any customers who call in with this issue
until a permanent fix from EMC is available.
Vendor estimated date for a code fix is Q3 2010.
The following recommendations were provided by the vendor.
1. Hide NFS exports and show it only based on the configured access. Setting
forceFullShowmount param to 0 (default is 1) will hide the "/" from the list
since only Control Station have access to it for administration purpose:
[root () virgil slot_3]# server_param server_3 -f mount -info
name = forceFullShowmount
facility_name = mount
default_value = 1
current_value = 1
user_action = none
change_effective = immediate
range = (0,1)
description = Forces response to showmount requests to fully
[root () virgil slot_3]# server_param server_3 -f mount -modify \
forceFullShowmount -value 0
server_3 : done
After the above change, client will see only the shares he have permissions
to access to:
/usr/sbin/showmount -e 172.24.97.3
Export list for 172.24.97.3:
2. Change default IP addresses (during install or after) for internal
network along with first step above to further minimize the exploitability.
Product team has provided additional mitigations steps that can be
implemented by the customers to reduce the severity of exploitation of a
1. Create IP-based access rules on the network equipment rejecting traffic
for IP addresses belonging to internal Celerra network which do have own
switch for that purpose. These addresses are listed in the /etc/hosts file
of the Celerra Control Station.
2. Configure firewall(s) between Data Movers and NFS clients to reject
traffic for IP addresses belonging to the internal Celerra network.
3. Hide NFS exports and show it only based on the configured access. Setting
forceFullShowmount param to 0 (default is 1) will hide the ³/² from the list
since only Control Station have access to it for administration purpose.
4. Disable IP reflect
Vendor Communication Timeline:
05/07/10 - Initial communication
05/10/10 - Vulnerability details provided
05/18/10 - Vulnerability acknowledged, workaround and timeline provided
07/27/10 - Additional workaround details provided
1.0 Initial publication
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