CVE-2023-33282 - Marval MSM uses unsafe default credentials


Marval MSM < v15.1 has a System account with default credentials. A remote attacker is able to login and create a valid session which makes it possible to make backend calls to certain endpoints in the application.

CVSS Score

9.1 - Critical


Details of the vulnerability

When Marval is installed, the database password for the System account is set to a default password.

This System account is supposed to only be used by Marval itself. It’s however possible to initiate a session using the credentials stored in the database. Even though logging in with this account will not render a working GUI, the session itself can be used to access certain API and Backend functions.

The issues was identified in Marval MSM The vendor released a fix in version 15.1 which was released six month ahead of the normal release schedule.


Change the password for the System user in the database or set it to NULL.

Upgrade to version 15.1 or later.

Vulnerability Disclosure Policy and Timeline

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Vendor response

This vulnerability was resolved under ticket MSM-6514 in version 15.1 (2022-07-14), which is not an LTS release, however we considered it important enough to resolve 6 months ahead of our normal hardening schedule.

The Marval Pen Test policy dictates at a minimum that once a year, a release is security hardened by outsourcing penetration testing to a certified partner and subsequent rectifying the serious and critical issues prior to release. This release is called a long-term support release (LTS) and made available between January-February each year.