Remote authenticated command execution in BIG-IP TMUI

Published: 2021-03-16

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) OS Command Injection

EUVDB-ID: #VU51494

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 8.6 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-22988

CWE-ID: CWE-78 - Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an OS Command ('OS Command Injection')

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote user to execute arbitrary shell commands on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation within the Traffic Management User Interface (TMUI). A remote authenticated user with network access to the Configuration utility, through the BIG-IP management port or self IP addresses can send specially crafted packets to the system and execute arbitrary OS commands on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

BIG-IP: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP LTM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP AAM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP Advanced WAF: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP AFM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP Analytics: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP APM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP ASM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP DDHD: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP DNS: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP FPS: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP GTM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP Link Controller: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP PEM: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

BIG-IP SSLO: 11.6.1 - 16.0.1

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote authenticated user via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.