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Splunk Search Remote Code Execution

This module abuses a command execution vulnerability in the web based interface of Splunk 4.2 to 4.2.4. The vulnerability exists in the 'mappy' search command which allows attackers to run Python code. To exploit this vulnerability, a valid Splunk user with the admin role is required. By default, this module uses the credential of "admin:changeme", the default Administrator credential for Splunk. Note that the Splunk web interface runs as SYSTEM on Windows and as root on Linux by default.

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Module Name



  • Gary O'Leary-Steele
  • juan vazquez <juan.vazquez [at]>



  • Universal CMD


  • linux
  • unix
  • windows


  • cmd



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/multi/http/splunk_mappy_exec msf exploit(splunk_mappy_exec) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(splunk_mappy_exec) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(splunk_mappy_exec) > show options and set options... msf exploit(splunk_mappy_exec) > exploit