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Exploit for CVE-2017-12945

A (remote) (authenticated) (blind) OS command injection vulnerability exists in Mersive Solstice Pods - a wireless collaboration and presentation platform designed by Mersive Technologies Inc. - running versions of the firmware prior to 2.8.4, as acknowledged/reported on the vendor website, see the screenshot below. As a result, an authenticated adversary can run arbitrary commands (with root privileges) on vulnerable Mersive Solstice Pods by sending them crafted HTTP requests.


This vulnerability exists due to the lack of server-side inputs/parameters validation. Some user-controlled inputs/parameters are directly passed as arguments to a public static String runShellCommand(String command) method designed to execute OS commands under the context of the root user. This insecure configuration would allow an adversary to fully compromise vulnerable devices.


Mitre CVE Reference:

Vendor Change Log:

Affected versions

Mersive Solstice Pods running versions of the firmware prior to 2.8.4.

Affected components

  • com/mersive/solstice/server/
static void SetPrefixLength(int prefixLength) {
    int value = -1 << (32 - prefixLength);
    try {
        Log.d("Ethernet", "complete: " + ServerDisplay.runShellCommand("ifconfig eth0 netmask " + InetAddress.getByAddress(new byte[]{(byte) (value >>> 24), (byte) ((value >> 16) & 255), (byte) ((value >> 8) & 255), (byte) (value & 255)}).getHostAddress()));
    } catch (Exception e) {

static void SetGateway(String gateway) {
    if (!gateway.equals(GetGateway())) {
        Log.d("Ethernet", "complete: " + ServerDisplay.runShellCommand("ip route del default"));
        Log.d("Ethernet", "complete: " + ServerDisplay.runShellCommand("ip route add default via " + gateway + " dev " + ETH0));

static void SetStaticIP(String ipAddr) {
    Log.d("Ethernet", "complete: " + ServerDisplay.runShellCommand("ifconfig eth0 " + ipAddr));
  • com/mersive/solstice/server/
public static String runShellCommand(String command) {
   return runShellCommand(command, true);

public static String runShellCommand(String command, boolean wait) {
   Log.d("Shell Command", command);
   try {
       Process process = Runtime.getRuntime().exec("shell-tunnel --client");
       DataOutputStream stdin = new DataOutputStream(process.getOutputStream());
       InputStream is = process.getInputStream();
       stdin.writeBytes(command + "\n");
       if (wait) {
       byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
       Arrays.fill(buffer, 0);
       return new String(buffer, 0,;
   } catch (Exception e) {
       return "";

Attack vectors

To exploit this vulnerability, an authenticated adversary would need to send a specifically crafted request to devices running vulnerable version of the firmware (prior to 2.8.4). This request could either be sent directly from the device web interface (from the set static IP address form) itself, or alternatively, it could be sent using a command line utility such as cURL.

In either case, the payload would need to be preceded by a special character instructing /bin/sh to run consecutive commands, e.g. the ; or & character, for the payload to get executed after completion of the original/legitimate command.

The staticIP parameter which is one of the multiple vulnerable parameters along with the gateway parameter is not validated server-side and is instead directly passed as an argument to the static void SetStaticIP(String ipAddr) method which in turn passes it as an argument to the public static String runShellCommand(String command) method.

This configuration would allows an authenticated adversary to run arbitrary commands on vulnerable devices under the context of the root user.


Copyright (C) 2019 Alexandre Teyar

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