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Security Bulletin: SONAS documentation update available for configuration of SONAS with LDAP authentication (CVE-2012-0706)

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SONAS includes a version of the LDAP client which stores the username and the password of the LDAP user in clear text in the local file system.


CVE ID: CVE-2012-0706

SONAS requires LDAP username (called binddn) and password for authentication purposes when accessing the LDAP server to obtain information about users and groups. SONAS includes an LDAP client implementation which stores the LDAP username and the LDAP password in cleartext in the local file system. A local or a remote attacker who gains root access to SONAS can use this information to gain access to the external LDAP server.
Earlier versions of the SONAS documentation advised SONAS administrator’s to configure an LDAP account with root-like access to the LDAP server. The SONAS documentation has been changed to recommend that customers configure the system to only allow LDAP users with at least privileged access for SONAS to look up data on the LDAP server.


CVSS Base Score: 1.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

    • Affected releases: All SONAS releases.


    Vendor Fix(es): None. Permanent limitation.

    Workaround(s): Updated documentation is available with SONAS and above.
    Please refer to below section on infocenter to follow the guidelines.
    Administering > Managing > Managing authentication and ID mapping > Configuring the system for authentication > Authentication using an external LDAP server > Setting up external LDAP server prerequisites

    Mitigation(s): SONAS customers who configure SONAS with LDAP authentication should configure SONAS using an LDAP user id with least privileges as described in the updated documentation. In addition SSL or TLS should be configured to ensure that the LDAP user name is not transferred in clear text over the network. Please see SONAS Information Center for more details.



    • 28/03/2013: Original copy published.
    • 04/04/2013: Restructured the document as per new guidelines
    • 17/02/2014: Restructured the document .

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    Document information

    More support for: Scale Out Network Attached Storage

    Version: 1.3

    Operating system(s): Linux

    Reference #: S1004292

    Modified date: 17 February 2014