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Spectrum Scale Exploit Analysis

Exploit code enabling a user to gain root access to a system running vulnerable versions of Spectrum Scale (GPFS) surfaced online. We've undertaken an analysis of this exploit code and written a safe script that you can use to check if your Spectrum Scale installation is vulnerable as well as some best practice advice for securing your installation.

BeeGFS Privilege Escalation (CVE-2019-15897)

A vulnerability exists in a default installation of BeeGFS which allows users to perform operations which allow them to elevate their privileges and become root. This is due to a failure to properly authenticate a user when performing filesystem operations.

PBS Professional MoM Authentication Bypass (CVE-2019-15719)

HPCsec have identified a vulnerability in PBS Pro which allows for arbitrary code execution on any node running the pbs_mom service. This vulnerability can be exploited by anyone in a position to communicate with the pbs_mom service from an authorized node within the cluster. Exploitation of this issue allows for arbitrary code execution as any other user including as root, even in installations where root is not permitted to submit jobs.

IBM Spectrum LSF Privilege Escalation

A vulnerability was identified within IBM Spectrum LSF which made it was possible to impersonate other users when submitting jobs for execution. Additionally, it was found to be possible to impersonate and execute jobs as root, even where root job submission is disabled.

Torque 2.5.13 Buffer Overflow (CVE-2014-0749)

A buffer overflow exists in older versions of TORQUE which can be exploited in order to remotely execute code from an unauthenticated perspective. This issue is exploitable in all versions of the 2.5 branch, up to and including 2.5.13.