rootpw plugin in rPath Appliance Platform Agent privilege escalation

rootpw-rpath-appliance-privilege-escalation (42394) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


The rootpw plugin in rPath Appliance Platform Agent fails to validate a request made from a browser within a valid administrative session. If the rootpw plugin is enabled, a remote attacker with physical access could exploit this vulnerability to gain unauthorized access to an administrative account and elevated privileges on the vulnerable system.


Base Score: 6.8
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: Partial
Temporal Score: 5.5
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Unavailable
  Report Confidence: Uncorroborated


Gain Access


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • rPath Wiki Web site: rPath Appliance Platform Agent.
  • rPSA-2008-0148: rPath Security Advisory 2008-0148-1.
  • CVE-2008-2139: The rootpw plugin in rPath Appliance Platform Agent 2 and 3 does not re-validate requests from a browser with a valid administrator session, including requests to change the password, which makes it easier for physically proximate attackers to gain privileges and maintain control over the administrator account.
  • OSVDB ID: 45215: rootpw Plugin for rPath Appliance Platform Agent Request Revalidation Handling Local Privilege Escalation

Platforms Affected:

  • rPath Appliance Platform Agent 2
  • rPath Appliance Platform Agent 3


Apr 25, 2008

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