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Title:       EGI SVG 'ALERT' [TLP:WHITE] CRITICAL risk Vulnerability in RedHat Ceph Storage 2.5 [EGI-SVG-CVE-2018-14649] 

Date:        2018-10-03

Affected software and risk

CRITICAL risk vulnerability concerning RedHat Ceph Storage 2.5

Package : RedHat Ceph Storage 2.5   
CVE ID  : CVE-2018-14649
Bug ID  : 1632078 

RedHat announced that it was found that rbd-target-api service provided by ceph-iscsi-cli was running in debug mode. 
An unauthenticated attacker could use this to remotely execute arbitrary code and escalate privileges. 
[R 1] 

Actions required/recommended

Any site using RedHat Ceph storage should check whether they are using ceph-iscsi-cli, and if they are should update urgently.

Component installation information

Sites should see the RedHat site [R 2]

More information

SVG is aware that some sites use RedHat Ceph Storage. However, we are not aware of any sites using ceph-iscsi-cli, 
so are not aware of any impacted site.  Hence we are sending an 'ALERT' rather than an advisory. 

If anyone becomes aware of any situation where this vulnerability has a significant impact on the EGI infrastructure 
then please inform EGI SVG.


** WHITE information - Unlimited distribution - 
   see for distribution restrictions***                       


Minor updates may be made without re-distribution to the sites


Comments or questions should be sent to svg-rat  at

If you find or become aware of another vulnerability which is relevant to EGI you may report it by e-mail to  
report-vulnerability at
the EGI Software Vulnerability Group will take a look according to the procedure defined in [R 3]  

Note that this has been updated and the latest version approved by the Operations Management Board in November 2017


[R 1]

[R 2] 

[R 3]


SVG was alerted to this vulnerability by David Crooks

Yyyy-mm-dd  [EGI-SVG-2018-CVE-2018-14649] 

2018-10-02 SVG alerted to this issue by David Crooks
2018-10-02 Investigation of vulnerability and relevance to EGI carried out.  
2018-10-03 SVG decided appropriate action is to send an alert 
2018-10-03 Alert sent to sites


This advisory has been prepared as part of the effort to fulfil EGI SVG's purpose 
"To minimize the risk to the EGI infrastructure arising from software vulnerabilities"

The risk is that assessed by the group, according to the EGI SVG issue handling procedure [R 3]  
in the context of how the software is used in the EGI infrastructure. It is the opinion of the group,
we do not guarantee it to be correct. The risk may also be higher or lower in other deployments
depending on how the software is used.   

Others may re-use this information provided they:-

1) Respect the provided TLP classification

2) Credit the EGI Software Vulnerability Group

On behalf of the EGI SVG,