Applicure dotDefender 4.0 administrative interface cross site scripting

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2010-06-02T00:00:00


Applicure dotDefender 4.0 administrative interface cross site scripting

An advisory by EnableSecurity.

ID: ES-20100601

Advisory URL:

Affected Versions: version 4.0

Fixed versions: 4.01-3 (and later)


Applicure dotDefender is a Web Application Firewall that can be installed on Windows and Linux servers.

From their website ( "dotDefender is the market-leading software Web Application Firewall (WAF). dotDefender boasts enterprise-class security, advanced integration capabilities, easy maintenance and low total cost of ownership (TCO). dotDefender is the perfect choice for protecting your website and web applications today. "


These vulnerabilities were discovered during WAF testing by Sandro Gauci of EnableSecurity. We contacted AppliCure on May 17, 2010 about this vulnerability. They were already working on a fix.

Technical details:

The log viewer facility in dotDefender does not properly htmlencode user supplied input. This leads to a cross site scripting vulnerability when the log viewer displays HTTP headers.


One may use curl and insert headers containing html tags using the --header switch. Example:

curl "http://<victim>/c?a=<script>" \
--header "<script>alert(1)</script>: aa"

When the administrator views the log viewer page, his/her web browser will execute the attacker's javascript.

The following demo shows how an attacker can switch off dotDefender in order to bypass any "protection" offered by the WAF:


May 17, 2010: Initial contact Jun 01, 2010: Release of this advisory


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Contact: "Sandro Gauci" <>

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