Authenticated RCE on project configuration import in Guardian/CMC before 22.0.0

Last update: 2023-11-16

Advisory IDNN-2022:2-02
TopicAuthenticated RCE on project configuration import in Guardian/CMC before 22.0.0
CWE ImpactCWE-20: Improper Input Validation
Issue date2022-02-14
AffectsGuardian, CMC < v22.0.0
CVE Name(s)CVE-2022-0551
CVSS detailsCVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L
CVSS Score6.3
CVE Risk LevelMedium
Risk Level for Nozomi customersLow


Improper Input Validation vulnerability in project file upload in Nozomi Networks Guardian and CMC allows an authenticated attacker with admin or import manager roles to execute unattended commands on the appliance using web server user privileges.


Users with admin or import manager roles can upload project configuration files to add more details on asset data inside Nozomi Networks Guardian and CMC. However, an improper validation is performed on the project file, allowing the users to execute commands remotely on the appliance, leveraging the privileges of the webserver.

Affected Products

Guardian, CMC < v22.0.0

Workarounds and Mitigations

Use internal firewall features to limit management interface access and review users allowed to import project data files.


Upgrade to v22.0.0.

Modification History

2022-02-14: Initial revision
2023-09-04: Minor updates to format and metadata to improve the CSAF implementation
2023-11-13: Migrated to CSAF VEX format
2023-11-16: CSAF vers improvements

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We thank the following parties for their efforts:

  • SECURA B.V. for finding this bug during a scheduled VAPT testing session


Nozomi Networks Product Security team can be reached at prodsec@nozominetworks.com.
More contact details on the PSIRT page.