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Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Remote Command Execution

RedTeam Pentesting discovered a remote command execution in the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX during a penetration test. The masterCGI script of the OmniPXC integrated communication solution web interface is vulnerable to a remote command execution. Attackers can run arbitrary commands with the permissions of the web application user.


  • Product: Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX
  • Affected Versions: All versions up to and including R7.1
  • Fixed Versions: All supported versions
  • Vulnerability Type: Remote Command Execution
  • Security-Risk: high
  • Vendor-URL:
  • reference number 2007002
  • Vendor-Status: Informed, patch available
  • Advisory-URL:
  • Advisory-Status: public
  • CVE: CVE-2007-3010
  • CVE-URL:


“The OmniPCX Enterprise is an integrated communications solution for medium-sized businesses and large corporations. It combines the best of the old (legacy TDM phone connectivity) with the new (a native IP platform and support for Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP) to provide an effective and complete communications solution for cost-conscious companies on the cutting edge.”

(from the vendor’s homepage)

More Details

The OmniPCX web interface has a CGI script “masterCGI” which offers a “ping” functionality. By running the script with the parameters “ping” and “user”, one is able to ping any IP address reachable from the server the webinterface is running on.

curl -k ""

The ping will be done on the server, running the ping program installed on it. The vulnerability lies in the “user” variable not being filtered when passed to the shell. Thus, arbitrary commands can be executed on the server by adding them to the user variable, separated by semicolons. Spaces have to be encoded by using the internal field separator ${IFS}, as any normal or URL encoded space will abort the command execution.

Proof of Concept

curl -k ";ls\${IFS}-l;"


Deactivate the Web server at the loss of some functionality not related to telephony service. Interpose a firewall allowing access to the web interface of the OXE to IP addresses who should have access to the server (e.g. maintenance technicians).


Correct filtering of shell meta-characters and tighter access control have been implemented in all supported versions.

Security Risk

The risk of this vulnerability is high. Any user which has access to the web interface of the OmniPCX Enterprise solution will be able to execute arbitrary commands on the server with the permissions of the webserver.


  • 2007-05-07 First contact with head of technical staff of Alcatel-Lucent.
    Will relay the information to their technicians and call back with further information.
  • 2007-05-09 Response with a pointer to the Alcatel-Lucent PSIRT and the
    website, where the process of reporting a security vulnerability is explained. The advisory gets mailed to the email address provided there.
  • 2007-05-10 Advisory gets acknowledged by the PSIRT
  • 2007-05-23 Vulnerability gets confirmed by Alcatel-Lucent
  • 2007-06-18 CVE number assigned
  • 2007-09-17 Coordinated public release with Alcatel-Lucent
  • 2009-05-08 Updated Advisory URL


reference number 2007002

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