PT-2018-10: Server-Side Request Forgery in Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Vulnerable software

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Version: 17.x and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Arbitrary Command Execution, Information Disclosure
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 9.8
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVE: CVE-2018-8939

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Server-Side Request Forgery vulnerability in Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold.

A server-side request forgery vulnerability in NmAPI.exe in Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold allows attackers to gain unauthorized access to the WhatsUp Gold system, obtain information about the WhatsUp Gold system, or execute remote commands by submitting specially crafted requests via the NmAPI executable.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

21.04.2017 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
07.03.2018 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
22.08.2018 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Vyacheslav Moskvin, Timofey Milovanov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is a leading provider of vulnerability assessment, compliance management and threat analysis solutions to more than 1,000 global enterprise clients. Our solutions work seamlessly across your entire business: securing applications in development; assessing your network and application vulnerabilities; assuring compliance with regulatory requirements; and blocking real-time attacks. Our commitment to clients and research has earned Positive Technologies a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on SCADA, Banking, Telecom, Web Application and ERP security, and distinction as the #1 fastest growing Security and Vulnerability Management firm in 2012, as shown in an IDC report*. To learn more about Positive Technologies please visit

*Source: IDC Worldwide Security and Vulnerability Management 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares, doc #242465, August 2013. Based on year-over-year revenue growth in 2012 for vendors with revenues of $20M+