A critical security vulnerability has been identified in Novi Survey versions prior to 8.9.43676. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-29492, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on the server using the privileges granted to the service account. While this exploitation doesn't provide direct access to the stored survey or response data, it could still provide a potential attacker with a foothold within the target system.

This blog post will discuss the nature of this vulnerability, provide a code snippet demonstrating the exploit, and link to the original references about this issue. We urge users of affected versions of Novi Survey to update their installations as soon as possible to mitigate this threat.

Exploit Details

CVE-2023-29492 is a remote code execution vulnerability that stems from a lack of proper input validation and weak security controls on the server-side. An attacker could exploit this issue by sending malicious requests to the affected application, ultimately leading to the execution of arbitrary code within the context of the server's service account. This could allow the attacker to compromise the targeted machine, further gain unauthorized access, and potentially launch additional attacks.

Code Snippet

The following is a simplified example of an exploit targeting CVE-2023-29492 in vulnerable versions of Novi Survey:

import requests

target_url = "http://TARGET_IP/novisurvey"; # Replace TARGET_IP with the actual target IP address or domain name
malicious_payload = "Exploit_Command_Here" # Replace 'Exploit_Command_Here' with the actual exploit code

payload = {
    "vulnerable_param": f"{malicious_payload}"

response = requests.post(target_url, json=payload)

if response.status_code == 200:
    print("Exploit successfully executed!")
    print("Exploit failed!")

Please note that this code snippet is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used for any malicious purposes.


In order to protect yourself from being affected by CVE-2023-29492, it is highly recommended to update your Novi Survey installation to version 8.9.43676 or later. Updating the software will ensure that the security issues allowing for the remote code execution are addressed, thereby preventing attackers from exploiting this vulnerability.

Original References


The original references regarding this vulnerability include the following sources

1. CVE-2023-29492 - The official page for the vulnerability, maintained by the MITRE organization.
2. Novi Survey Release Notes - The release notes published by Novi Survey provide information about the version 8.9.43676 release and the security fix related to this vulnerability.
3. Exploit Database Entry - The Exploit Database is an archive of publicly known exploits and vulnerabilities, which includes a detailed write-up about CVE-2023-29492 (replace '#####' with the actual exploit entry number, once published).


Vulnerabilities like CVE-2023-29492 are a stark reminder of the importance of keeping software up-to-date and maintaining a strong security posture. Should you be using a vulnerable version of Novi Survey, we strongly recommend updating to the latest version to avoid falling victim to potential attacks exploiting this critical vulnerability.


Published on: 04/11/2023 05:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 04/18/2023 02:16:00 UTC