Recon to Sensitive Information Disclosure in Minutes

Previously at this Post, I talked about a critical security vulnerability as a result of Recon. Reconnaissance plays an important role and this blog focuses on building your recon strategy and talks about a Medium Severity security vulnerability discovered while performing initial reconnaissance.

Bigger Picture

Subdomain → Running older version of Splunk → Google Search → Found CVE-2018–11409 → Not for the version I found but still tried → Sensitive Information Disclosed!

The below infographic is also details the issue I found:

Splunk Sensitive Information Disclosure

Now, let’s take a deeper dive into how I found this domain and how should you approach the similar-looking endpoints while doing recon. The original report is resolved but not yet disclosed so let’s call the company

I bumped into this program and it had a wide scope of domains. One of the domains was and all subdomains were in-scope. Whenever I see, *, the only thing I focus on major is to finding bugs with Recon.

Here’s a little strategy that I use:

  • Subdomain Enumeration with Multiple Tools (Aquatone, Amass, Subfinder)
  • List all subdomains in a file say target.txt and grab all unique subdomains with the following command (Linux): cat target.txt |sort -u
  • Manually visit each domain and create a separate list of domains which hosts some third party applications, some micro applications, blogging or CMS platforms, gateways (like VPN gateways), SSO Authentication pages, etc.
  • In the end, from a huge list of domains, I am left with some specific domains which might have the juicy stuff.
  • Start picking up third-party services because the main way you can get your report accepted is if the third party application deployed is known as vulnerable and exploitable to that vulnerability. For example- Splunk, in this case, was not under the control of the organization but the organization was not using the latest version of Splunk which makes the report valid.
  • Report — Triage — Accepted — Bounty — Thank me Later ;)

So, keeping the above strategy in mind, I did the same stuff with this * and found to be using an older version of Splunk.
Performed some google search to find out the CVEs and Public Exploits for the Splunk version. Some of the search terms I used are:

  • Splunk <version_goes_here> CVEs
  • Splunk <version_goes_here> Exploit-DB
  • Splunk <version_goes_here> Security Bulletins

But no luck :/

Further, I removed the version and found a CVE and Exploit but they were not applicable to the version I found. But what’s bad in trying the exploit right, you never know your lucky day :P

So, I went ahead and tried the exploit mentioned here

Navigated to “” and another easy win!

We have the underlying server information, license keys, licensing information and other things.

Prepared a report and reported via Bugcrowd. The submission was accepted as a P3 and fixed the same day.


  • Always look out for EXPLOITS and CVEs
  • Keep an eye on trending & new Exploits and CVEs
  • Create your own Recon Process to fasten up things



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Harsh Bothra

Security Engineer | Bugcrowd Top 150 & MVP| Synack Red Teamer | Cobalt Core Pentester | Bug Hunter | Author | Speaker | Learner | Poet | Twitter — @harshbothra_