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Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an OS Command ('OS Command Injection')


Severity High
Score 8.8/10


On D-Link DCS-5009 devices with firmware 1.08.11 and earlier, DCS-5010 devices with firmware 1.14.09 and earlier, and DCS-5020L devices with firmware before 1.15.01, command injection in alphapd (binary responsible for running the camera's web server) allows remote authenticated attackers to execute code through sanitized /setSystemAdmin user input in the AdminID field being passed directly to a call to system.

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CWE-78 - OS Command Injection

The OS command injection weakness (also known as shell injection) is a vulnerability which enables an attacker to run arbitrary OS commands on a server. This is done by modifying the intended downstream OS command and injecting arbitrary commands, enabling the execution of unauthorized OS commands. This has the potential to fully compromise the application along with all of its data, and, if the compromised process does not follow the principle of least privileges, it may compromise other parts of the hosting infrastructure as well. This weakness is listed as number ten in the 'CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses'.


Advisory Timeline

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