SPL Command Safeguards Bypass via the ‘display.page.search.patterns.sensitivity’ Search Parameter in Splunk Enterprise

Advisory ID: SVD-2023-0205

CVE ID: CVE-2023-22935

Published: 2023-02-14

Last Update: 2023-02-14

CVSSv3.1 Score: 8.1, High


Bug ID: SPL-228738


In Splunk Enterprise versions below 8.1.13, 8.2.10, and 9.0.4, the ‘display.page.search.patterns.sensitivity’ search parameter lets a search bypass SPL safeguards for risky commands. The vulnerability requires a higher privileged user to initiate a request within their browser and only affects instances with Splunk Web enabled.


For Splunk Enterprise, upgrade versions to 8.1.13, 8.2.10, 9.0.4, or higher.

For Splunk Cloud Platform, Splunk is actively patching and monitoring the Splunk Cloud instances.

Product Status

ProductVersionComponentAffected VersionFix Version
Splunk Enterprise8.1Splunk Web8.1.12 and lower8.1.13
Splunk Enterprise8.2Splunk Web8.2.0 to
Splunk Enterprise9.0Splunk Web9.0.0 to
Splunk Cloud Platform-Splunk Web9.0.2209 and lower9.0.2209.3

Mitigations and Workarounds

The vulnerability affects instances with Splunk Web enabled; disabling Splunk Web is a possible workaround. See Disable unnecessary Splunk Enterprise components and the web.conf configuration specification file for more information on disabling Splunk Web.


This hunting search provides information on possible bypassing of SPL safeguards by using the ‘display.page.search.patterns.sensitivity’ search parameter on Splunk versions below 8.1.13, 8.2.10, and 9.0.4.


Splunk rated the vulnerability as High, 8.1, with a CVSSv3.1 vector of CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N.

If the Splunk Enterprise instance does not run Splunk Web, there is no impact and the severity is Informational.


Anton (therceman)