Low-privileged User can View Hashed Default Splunk Password

Advisory ID: SVD-2023-0604

CVE ID: CVE-2023-32709

Published: 2023-06-01

Last Update: 2023-06-01

CVSSv3.1 Score: 4.3, Medium

CWE: CWE-285

Bug ID: SPL-235016


A low-privileged user who holds the ‘user’ role can see the hashed version of the initial user name and password for the Splunk instance by using the ‘rest’ SPL command against the ‘conf-user-seed’ REST endpoint.


For Splunk Enterprise, upgrade versions to 8.1.14, 8.2.11, 9.0.5, or higher.

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

Product Status

ProductVersionComponentAffected VersionFix Version
Splunk Enterprise8.1Splunk Web8.1.0 to
Splunk Enterprise8.2Splunk Web8.2.0 to
Splunk Enterprise9.0Splunk Web9.0.0 to
Splunk Cloud PlatformSplunk Web9.0.2303 and below9.0.2303.100

Mitigations and Workarounds



This detection search provides information about a possible privilege escalation exploitation In Splunk Enterprise versions below 9.0.5, 8.2.11, and 8.1.14.


Splunk rated the vulnerability as Medium, 4.3, with a CVSSv3.1 vector of CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N

If the initial admin password has been changed, then there is no impact and the severity is Informational.


Anton (therceman)