PT-2018-23: Remote Code Execution in PRTG Network Monitor

(PT-2018-23) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Remote Code Execution in PRTG Network Monitor

Vulnerable software

PRTG Network Monitor
Version: and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Remote Code Execution
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 7.2
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVE: no assigned

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Remote Code Execution vulnerability in PRTG Network Monitor.

Vulnerability due to improper handling of user input in the POST parameter 'proxyport_' allows remote authenticated attackers with read-write privileges to execute an arbitrary code and OS commands with system privileges. Using a specially crafted HTTP request an attacker can override the 'writeresult' command-line parameter for the HttpAdvancedSensor.exe executable file and write arbitrary data to an arbitrary file-system location, as demonstrated by creating an executable file in the \Custom Sensors\EXE directory and executing it through creation of EXE/Script Sensor.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

25.05.2018 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
24.09.2018 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
25.10.2018 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Anton Vaychikauskas, Dmitry Galecha, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

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