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Poly Systems - GHOST Impact

Vulnerability Summary

A vulnerability has been recently disclosed in the glibc gethostbyname() function used by some Linux and Linux-based operating systems. This vulnerability could potentially allow an attacker to inject code into a process that calls the vulnerable function.



CVE-2015-0235, aka “GHOST” 

A heap-based buffer overflow was found in the __nss_hostname_digits_dots function of glibc 2.2, and other 2.x versions before 2.18, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() glibc function calls. A remote attacker could potentially inject code into a process that calls the vulnerable functions to execute arbitrary code.


Last Update: 3/11/2022
Initial Public Release: 1/29/2015
Advisory ID:  PLYGN15-01

CVE ID: CVE-2015-0235
CVSS Score: 10.0
CVSS: 2.0/AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Product Affected



Media Manager – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

CMAD (CMA Desktop) – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

CX5000 – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

Video Border Proxy (VBP) – All Versions 

FIXED – version 11.2.22 

CX Product Line, All Other Video Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

RealPresence Desktop – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

Group Series – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

Capture Station – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

RealPresence Access Director (RPAD) – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

CloudAXIS MEA – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

CloudAXIS WSP – All Versions 

FIXED – version 1.7.0 

Platform Director – All Versions 

FIXED – version 2.0 

HDX – All Versions 

FIXED – version 3.1.7 

RealPresence Resource Manager (RPRM) 

FIXED – version 8.3.1 

RSS 4000 – All Versions 

FIXED – version 8.5.3 

Distributed Media Application (DMA) – All Versions 

FIXED – version 6.2.1 and 6.1.3 

Capture Server 

FIXED – version 2.0 

Content Sharing Suite Client/Server – All Versions 

FIXED – version 1.5 

RealPresence Collaboration Server (RMX) – All Versions 

FIXED – 8.4.2 Hotfix available from support

RealPresence Mobile – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 

UC Phones – VVX - All Versions 

FIXED – UCS 5.3 

UC Phones – SPIP & SSIP – All Versions 

Not Vulnerable 


Although there may be multiple attack vectors by which this vulnerability can be exploited, it seems to be challenging to exploit. Poly products do not make typical use of the most likely vectors of attack: MTAs, web-reachable diagnostic tools, or client applications such as web browsers.

Exploitation of this glibc vulnerability would require that a program on your Poly device performs a lookup of a host name provided by an attacker via a compromised DNS server.
The lookup would need to be done in a very particular manner and must lack some commonly employed sanity checks. Further, gethostbyname () functions have been obsoleted within
IPv6-supported applications by way of the getaddrinfo () call. We are continuing to investigate whether this completely mitigates the impact of this vulnerability on certain Poly devices.

An effective mitigation strategy will incorporate techniques both from within the product and within the deployment architecture. Steps that may be taken include but are not limited to: Protect your systems from corrupted outside servers via network firewalling or separation. Protect your systems from unauthorized access with named accounts and complex passwords. Use firewalls or VLAN’s to limit scope of name lookups. Use IP addresses rather than names where possible. Use IPv6 where possible.



There is no workaround.


Any customer using an affected system who is concerned about this vulnerability within their deployment should contact Poly Technical Support(888) 248-4143, (916) 928-7561, or visit the Poly Support Site.


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