Security Advisory – Local Privilege Escalation

CVE-2021-45912: Security Advisory

This document addresses Local Privilege Escalation vulnerability (CVE-2021-45912) in Controlup Real-Time.

Vulnerability ID: CVE-2021-45912
Severity: High
Update Release Date: June 29, 2021
Fix version: Version >= 8.5.0 for both Hybrid Cloud and COP (On-Premises)

What was the problem?

A Named Pipe interface within ControlUp Real-Time Agent’s process provided the ability to run actions (OS commands) without authentication. This vulnerability can be exploited locally only.


We strongly urge you to do the following as soon as possible:

  • Upgrade to the latest version of ControlUp (8.5.1 for Hybrid Cloud/8.5 for On-Premises).
  • Deploy the latest ControlUp Real-Time Agent to all endpoints.

It is important to update/uninstall all ControlUp Real-Time Agents even if they are no longer in use. ControlUp Real-Time Agents of versions lower than 8.5 can put your organization at risk even if there is no ControlUp Console/Monitor connected to them. You can watch this 2-minute video to learn how to easily find machines with older ControlUp Real-Time Agent versions.

Upgrade Guides:
Upgrade Guide for Hybrid Cloud 8.x to 8.5
On-Premises Upgrade Guide 8.x to 8.5
Please read more about the new features and security enhancements in our Security Best Practices Guide.

Credits – James Burton and Michael N. Henry, Facebook Red Team.