SEC Consult SA-20051211-0 :: Nortel SSL VPN Cross Site Scripting/Command Execution

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2005-12-13T00:00:00


SEC-CONSULT Security Advisory 20051212-0

              title: Nortel SSL VPN Cross Site Scripting/Command
            program: Nortel SSL VPN
 vulnerable version:
              found: 2005-05-30
                 by: Daniel Fabian / SEC-CONSULT /


Product Description:

The Nortel SSL VPN is a remote access security solution. By using secure sockets layer (SSL) as the underlying security protocol, Nortel SSL VPN allows for using the Internet for remote connectivity and the ubiquitous Web browser as the primary client interface.

Vulnerabilty overview:

Due to insufficient input validation within the appliance's web interface, it is possible for an attacker to supply his victim with a malicious link that results in code execution on the victim's client. The problem has been reproduced with version, however other versions might be vulnerable as well.

Vulnerability details:

Due to insufficient input validation within the web interface of Nortel's SSL VPN appliance, it is possible to hide commands in links to certain pages of the web interface. As the Java Applet which is called from those web pages is cryptographically signed, it may execute operating system commands with the priviledges of the user sitting in front of the browser.

An attacker can thus supply his victim with a malicious link where commands are hidden. If the victim clicks on the link and logs onto the SSL VPN web interface (where it is automatically taken), arbitrary commands are executed locally on the client of the victim.

Here is an example for a crafted link that executes the command "cmd.exe /c echo test > c:\\test" (please consider the link one line):

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https://SSL_VPN_SERVER/tunnelform.yaws?a=+cmd.exe+/c+echo+test+%3E+ c:\\test.txt+&type=Custom&sp=443&n=1&ph=&pp=&0tm=tcp&0lh= 0lp=8080&0hm=&0rh=

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Vulnerable versions:

Nortel SSL VPN

Patch Status

According to vendor, a patch for this vulnerability has been incorporated into maintainence release v5.1.5 of its VPN Gateway.

Vendor status:

vendor notified: 2005-05-30 vendor response: 2005-06-21 patch available: 2005-11-15 public disclos.: 2006-12-12

General remarks

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