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Syhunt: A-A-S (Application Access Server) Multiple Security Vulnerabilities






Syhunt: A-A-S (Application Access Server) Multiple Security Vulnerabilities

Advisory-ID: 200905111
Discovery Date: 3.23.2009
Release Date: 5.11.2009
Affected Applications: A-A-S 2.0.48 and possibly older versions
Class: XSRF (Cross Site Request Forgery) Arbitrary Command Execution,
Undocumented Default Password, Insecure Password Storage
Status: Vendor informed. No fix available
Vendor: Klinzmann
Vendor URL:
Advisory URL:

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
following CVEs to these vulnerabilities:

  • CVE-2009-1464 - index.aas job parameter XSRF Arbitrary Command
    Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2009-1465 - Default Admin Password Vulnerability
  • CVE-2009-1466 - Insecure Password and Port Keyword Storage Vulnerability

The Application Access Server is a popular freeware remote
administration tool that allows to start and stop applications or
services over the Internet using a Web-based client. It also allows to
uninstall applications, remotely shutdown and retrieve various
information about the current system the server is running on. It claims
to be able to "black list" aggressors and run in "Stealth mode", thus
evading port scanners.

The A-A-S server also supports, which allows aliasing the
server IP to a static hostname.

The Application Access Server is vulnerable to extremely dangerous XSRF
(Cross Site Request Forgery) attacks. A remote attacker can use the XSRF
flaw to take control over the system running the A-A-S server. The issue
is triggered when a web page containing a malicious JavaScript code is
viewed. Such malicious code can automatically make requests to the AAS
server on the user's behalf.

Two additional vulnerabilities affect the Application Access Server: an
undocumented default password and insecure password storage. Technical
details are included below.

1) index.aas job parameter XSRF (Cross Site Request Forgery)
Arbitrary Command Execution

Example 1 - Arbitrary Command Execution / File Upload

This exploit demonstration code automatically makes sequential requests
to the AAS server on the user's behalf (if the user is logged in to the
server), disabling undesired services, uploading and launching a file on
the target machine. It has been successfully tested on IE 7.0 and
Firefox 3.08. Should work on any browser that has javascript enabled

Please note that the server's security features like host access list
and port modes (Silent or Stealth) will not protect against the XSRF
flaw if enabled.

Example 2 - Arbitrary Command Execution:
<img src="http://[AAS IP or DYNDNS
This for example would launch the Calculator:

Example 3 - Stopping Services:
<img src="http://[AAS IP or DYNDNS
This for example would disable Automatic Updates:

Example 4 - Killing Processes:
<img src="http://[AAS IP or DYNDNS

Additional commands are available via the job parameter.

2) Default Admin Password Vulnerability
By default, A-A-S installs with a default admin account. The account has
an undocumented default password of "wildbat" and all the security
rights enabled. These default rights allow to execute any commands on
the machine.

3) Insecure Password and Port Keyword Storage Vulnerability
A-A-S passwords and the port keyword (used to connect to the server when
in Stealth or Silent mode) are stored as a base64 string in the
"aas.ini" file, contained in the A-A-S install directory, with no
encryption at all. This allows the password or port keyword to be easily

Vulnerability Status:
The vendor was contacted, immediately responded and will be releasing a
fix soon.

As a workaround to the XSRF vulnerability, the vendor recommends
limiting the security rights in the user settings screen for each user:

  • Disable the "Allow own command" option (command execution will not be
    possible after this option is disabled).
  • If possible also disable the "Enable kill process", "Start/Stop
    service" and "Run application" rights.

Avoid completely navigating to other websites while logged in to the
Application Access Server.

Never start the server using its default settings (as explained above
machines running a default A-A-S may be easily compromised). Change the
password of the admin account first.

Felipe Aragon
Syhunt Security Research Team,

Copyright © 2009 Syhunt Cyber Security Company

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