SUBMISSION - multiple vulnerabilities in Prospero 1.3.5 CGI

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2001-02-02T00:00:00


= Warped Force Advisory =

Author: darkyoda <> Subject: Multiple vulnerabilities in Prospero 1.3.5 CGI Discovered: 12.15.00 Announced: 2.1.01 Vendor Status: Maintainer notified 12.27.00. New version released. Current version is 1.3.7 Platforms: Any web server capable of running CGI scripts; this includes UNIX and Windows platforms (Apache, IIS, etc.) Product Homepage :

Blurb: "Prospero is a Web-based document delivery system designed as a complement to the Ariel ® software system. Ariel is a product of the Research Libraries Group (RLG) which allows libraries to use the Internet to exchange documents through interlibrary loan."

Problem: Client-side Prospero generates a random 3 or 4 digit PIN that users enter into a web-based form that grants them access to documents requested through interlibrary loan. Because the form uses the GET method, the encrypted PIN is visible in the browser. A perusal of reveals that the Perl crypt() method is used to encrypt the PIN. It is trivial for an attacker to determine the PIN by brute-force methods; this would allow access to user documents, allowing malicious users to delete them arbitrarily or to determine the subject of a user's research.

            In addition, uses 0666 permissions on log and manifest
            files. The manifest file is the user database containing PINs

and usernames. Non-prospero users can modify/delete entries in this file as they please.

Solution: Upgrade to the latest version 1.3.7. Note that I have not reviewed the source of this latest version. Clients who cannot upgrade should change the file permissions in to 0660 and consider using complex alphanumeric PINs in lieu of the ones generated by Prospero. Note that this will only slow an attacker, as the hash could still be brute-forced by an industrial password cracker, ala John the Ripper.

Shouts: Gyves, sysdaemon, 2600 (I forgive you for not publishing my article), others. Eric Schnell (maintainer) for having
a good attitude.



crack for prospero PINs

dY 12.15.00

printf("Enter encrypted PIN: "); chop($passwd = <STDIN>);

$salt = substr($passwd,0,2); $epin = substr($passwd,2,99);

$lowval = 0; $highval = 9999;

for ($i = $lowval; $i <= $highval; $i++) { if (crypt($i, $salt) eq $passwd) { print("***Unencrypted PIN is: $i\n"); exit(0); } } printf("Sorry, couldn't crack it. Try something > $highval.\n"); exit(0);