Vulnerability discovered in SpearHead NetGap

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2001-05-29T00:00:00



SpearHead's NetGAP™ appliance physically disconnects a company's network from the Internet. The product consists of two separate computers, an Untrusted CPU and a Trusted CPU, that are never directly connected at any given time.

NetGap™ includes a content checking engine. This engine supports the filtering of specified file types, while being downloaded over HTTP. For example, the security administrator can prevent internal users from downloading executable (.exe) files by using the content checking engine to filter exe files.

The problem

Using Unicode encoding techniques, a user (or a malicious web site) can bypass NetGap's filtering engine.


The vendor has acknowledged the vulnerability and will release a patch in the next few days. Vendor was informed on 15 May 2001.


Web servers accept Unicode representation of characters in the URL by using a "%nn" notation. The NetGap™ URL filter does not interpret correctly URLs containing Unicode representation of characters. Consequently, the file will go undetected by NetGap™ if represented as However, when this URL reaches the web server, it will be interpreted exactly the same as and the file will be downloaded into the user's desktop.


Do not rely on NetGap™ for URL filtering until vendor releases a fix.

==================== Discovered by: eDvice Security Services Tel: +972-3-6120133 Fax: +972-3-6954837