Splunk Enterprise deployment servers allow client publishing of forwarder bundles
Advisory ID: SVD-2022-0608
CVE ID: CVE-2022-32158
Last Update: 2022-07-18
CVSSv3.1 Score: 9.0, Critical
CVSSv3.1 Vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H
Bug ID: SPL-176829
Splunk Enterprise deployment servers in versions before 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 9.0 let clients deploy forwarder bundles to other deployment clients through the deployment server. An attacker that compromised a Universal Forwarder endpoint could use the vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on all other Universal Forwarder endpoints subscribed to the deployment server. If you do not run a Deployment Server or use the Deployment Server functionality, the vulnerability is not applicable and is strictly informational.
The Splunk Cloud Platform (SCP) does not offer or use deployment servers and is not affected by the vulnerability. For SCP customers that run deployment servers, upgrade to version 9.0 or higher. At the time of publishing, we have no evidence of exploitation of this vulnerability by external parties.
Upgrade Splunk Enterprise deployment servers to version 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, and 9.0 or later.
|Product||Version||Component||Affected Version||Fix Version|
|Splunk Enterprise||8.1||Deployment Server||Versions before 220.127.116.11||18.104.22.168|
|Splunk Enterprise||8.2||Deployment Server||8.2.0 to 8.2.6||22.214.171.124|
|Splunk Enterprise||9.0||-||Not affected||-|
If you do not run a Deployment Server or use the Deployment Server functionality, the vulnerability is informational. You can disable the Deployment Server functionality temporarily without disabling the server. See CLI admin commands for more information.
If the Deployment Server is within a VPC/VPN and only available within that adjacent boundary, Splunk recommends reducing the severity to High.
Nadim Taha at Splunk
2022-07-18: Added “If you do not run a Deployment Server or use the Deployment Server functionality, the vulnerability is not applicable and is strictly informational” to the Description, Components in the Product Status table, and the Severity Considerations.
2022-06-30: Updated versions to reflect backport for this specific vulnerability.
2022-06-16: Removed the Security Content link.
2022-06-14: Changed Solution from “Upgrade Splunk Enterprise deployment servers to version 9.0 or higher, upgrade Universal Forwarders to version 9.0 or higher, and Configure authentication for deployment servers and clients.” to “Upgrade Splunk Enterprise deployment servers to version 9.0 or higher”. Remediation only requires updating the Splunk Enterprise deployment servers to 9.0. Updating the Universal Forwarders does not remediate or mitigate CVE-2022-32158.