Sophos Endpoint Protection Control Panel 10.7 - Weak Password Encryption

EDB-ID: 44411
Author: hyp3rlinx
Published: 2018-04-06
CVE: CVE-2018-9233
Type: Local
Platform: Windows
Vulnerable App: N/A

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[+] ISR: Apparition Security


Sophos Endpoint Protection - Control Panel v10.7

Sophos Endpoint Protection helps secure your workstation by adding prevention, detection, and response technology on top of your operating system.
Sophos Endpoint Protection is designed for workstations running Windows and macOS. It adds exploit technique mitigations, CryptoGuard anti-ransomware,
anti-malware, web security, malicious traffic detection, and deep system cleanup.

Vulnerability Type:
Insecure Crypto

CVE Reference:

Security Issue:
Sophos endpoint protection control panel authentication uses weak unsalted unicoded cryptographic hash (SHA1) function, not using salt allows attackers that gain access to hash
ability to conduct faster cracking attacks using pre-computed dictionaries, e.g. rainbow tables. This can potentially result in unauthorized access that could allow for
changing of settings, whitelist or unquarantine files.

Password and config for Sophos endpoint protection control panel is stored here:
C:\ProgramData\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\Config\machine.xml


SHA1 (Unicode) encoding non salted pass = abc123


Using PHP's sha1 function with "mb_convert_encoding" as UTF-16LE we can verify.

C:\>php -r "print sha1(mb_convert_encoding('abc123', 'UTF-16LE', 'UTF-8'));"

Network Access:


Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: December 4, 2017
Vendor Acknowledgement: December 12, 2017
Vendor request additional time before disclosing.
additional time has passed.
April 4, 2018 : Public Disclosure

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