Saturday, May 25, 2024

Fixing “RC4 Cipher Suites Supported” in HP System Management Homepage

Abstract: If you scan your fresh new HP Server via a vulnerability scan (e.g Nessus) you might get a “RC4 Cipher Suites Supported” on Port 2381, how can this vulnerability be fixed?


1.) At first it might be, that you restricted the possible cipher in the past via the fix here from the year 2012. So the first step is to edit “C:/hp/hpsmh/conf/smhpd.xml” via notepad and search for “ssl-cipher-suite” you might find something like:


if this is the case remove the whole “<ssl-cipher-suite>RC4-SHA</ssl-cipher-suite>” block. The problem here is that RC4 was fine in the year 2012, but since some days passed now its not that secure any longer (see for example this link).

2.) Restart the HP System Management Homepage

3.) Start a new CMD (run as admin) switch to the HP folder:

cd C:\HP\hpsmh\bin

and run the following command:


This will disable the triple DES and RC4 cipher and will only left the following in place:

Starting Nmap 6.49BETA5 ( ) at 2015-10-12 10:24 W. Europe Daylight Time
Nmap scan report for xxxxxxxxxx (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
Host is up (0.016s latency).
rDNS record for xxxxxxxxxxxxxx: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

2381/tcp open  compaq-https
| ssl-enum-ciphers:
|   TLSv1.2:
|     ciphers:
|       TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 (dh 2048) - A
|       TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (dh 2048) - A
|       TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256 (dh 2048) - A
|       TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (dh 2048) - A
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 (ec 256) - A
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (ec 256) - A
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384 (ec 256) - A
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (ec 256) - A
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 (rsa 2048) - A
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (rsa 2048) - A
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256 (rsa 2048) - A
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (rsa 2048) - A
|     compressors:
|       NULL
|     cipher preference: client
|     warnings:
|       Weak certificate signature: SHA1
|_  least strength: A

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 3.00 seconds

Keep noted that you might need to adjust that also on your HP management server! Otherwise it might happen that you break the connection.

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