Threat Response – Vulnerabilities in Commvault Command Center



On Monday November 22nd, Source Incite released information concerning a vulnerability, combining multiple bugs, in Commvault Command Center[1]. One of these bugs allows an unauthenticated attacker to read arbitrary files on the system. Due to the fact that the Commvault application writes sensitive information to its logfiles, this can be used to obtain administrative privileges. Using these privileges, an attacker is able to execute arbitrary commands on the underlying system. In this message, we want to warn you about the threat and inform you about the possible mitigation steps.


The vulnerability is a combination of several bugs (CVE-2021-34993[2] and CVE-2021-34996[3]). The first bug (CVE-2021-34993) is an authentication bypass and a file disclosure. An unauthenticated attacker can abuse this bug to read arbitrary files on the system. Because, when requesting a password reset, the password-reset token is written to a logfile, it’s possible to obtain an account with administrative privileges. The second bug (CVE-2021-34993) allows an authenticated attacker to create a ‘workflow’. Using a workflow arbitrary commands can be executed on the underlying system using SYSTEM privileges. By combining these bugs, an unauthenticated attacker can effectively execute arbitrary commands on the underlying system.


An attacker that is able to abuse this vulnerability has the possibility to take full control of the system. Due to the nature of the Commvault application the disruption or corruption of backups is very likely. Therefore, we estimate the impact being high.


Source Incite released proof of concept code[4]. An unauthenticated attacker van use this to execute arbitrary code on the underlying system. Moreover, Commvault has not released any patches yet, making abuse very likely. Therefore, we estimate the risk being high.


Commvault has not yet released patches for this vulnerability. Therefore, it’s important to properly position the webinterface within the network, so it is only accessible to authorised users.

What will Northwave do?

Northwave will monitor any developments regarding this vulnerability. If new critical information about this threat arises we will reach out to you. If you need additional information you can call us by phone or send us an email.

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