Splunk Enterprise and Universal Forwarder CLI connections lacked TLS certificate validation

Advisory ID: SVD-2022-0606

CVE ID: CVE-2022-32156

Published: 2022-06-14

Last Update: 2022-07-18

CVSSv3.1 Score: 7.4, High

CWE: CWE-295

Bug ID: SPL-49451


In Splunk Enterprise and Universal Forwarder versions before 9.0, the Splunk command-line interface (CLI) did not validate TLS certificates while connecting to a remote Splunk platform instance by default. Splunk peer communications configured properly with valid certificates were not vulnerable. However, connections from misconfigured nodes without valid certificates did not fail by default. After updating to version 9.0, see Configure TLS host name validation for the Splunk CLI to enable the remediation.

The vulnerability does not affect the Splunk Cloud Platform. At the time of publishing, we have no evidence of exploitation of this vulnerability by external parties.


Upgrade Splunk Enterprise and Universal Forwarder versions to 9.0 or higher and Configure TLS host name validation for the Splunk CLI.

Product Status

ProductVersionComponentAffected VersionFix Version
Splunk Enterprise9.0-Versions before
Universal Forwarder9.0-Versions before

Severity Considerations

Splunk strongly recommends securing your Splunk environment with hardened TLS configurations. See Securing the Splunk platform with TLS for more information. However, the vulnerability assumes that you have configured your Splunk platform instances to use transport layer security (TLS) certificates for secure network connections. If you have not and are using the default certificates, the vulnerability is not applicable and is informational.


Chris Green at Splunk


2022-07-18: Added Severity Considerations