SEC Consult SA-20141031-0 :: XML External Entity Injection (XXE) and Reflected XSS in Scalix Web Access

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2014-11-03T00:00:00


SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20141031-0 >

          title: XML External Entity Injection &#40;XXE&#41; and Reflected XSS
        product: Scalix Web Access

vulnerable version: and fixed version: - impact: Critical homepage: found: 2014-08-27 by: R. Giruckas, A. Kolmann SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab =======================================================================

Vendor description:

"Employees need to access their email from wherever they happen to be ? on the road, at customer sites, remote offices, and at home. Users who need remote access to their email often include customer-facing sales and support personnel, who need to stay connected and informed to be responsive to customers. The problem is, most web clients have slow performance and limited functionality. Scalix Web Access is different. It is an AJAX-based web client that delivers the look and feel, usability and performance of a desktop application."


Business recommendation:

By exploiting the XXE vulnerability, an unauthenticated attacker can get read access to the filesystem of the Scalix Mail Server host and thus obtain sensitive information such as the configuration files, etc. It is also possible to scan ports of the internal hosts and cause DoS on the affected host.

Vulnerability overview/description:

1) XML External Entity Injection The used XML parser is resolving external XML entities which allows attackers to read files and send requests to systems on the internal network (e.g port scanning). The risk of this vulnerability is highly increased by the fact that it can be exploited by anonymous users without existing user accounts.

2) Reflected XSS The Scalix mail administration login panel is prone to the reflected cross site scripting attacks. The vulnerability can be used to include HTML or JavaScript code to the affected web page. The code is executed in the browser of users if they visit the manipulated URL.

Proof of concept:

The proof of concept information has been removed from this advisory as the vendor failed to respond within 50 days and no patch is available.

1) XML External Entity Injection The unauthenticated XML External Entity Injection vulnerability can be exploited by issuing a specially crafted HTTP POST request to the [removed] handler.

2) Reflected XSS The supplied parameter value in the [removed] script is reflected without proper validation and executed in the context of the web browser.

Vulnerable / tested versions:

The XXE vulnerability has been verified to exist in the Scalix Web Access version and

The reflected XSS vulnerability has been verified to exist in the Scalix Web Access version Version 12 has not been tested against XSS.

Vendor contact timeline:

2014-09-11: Contacting vendor through, requesting encryption keys and attaching responsible disclosure policy 2014-10-13: No response so far, hence trying again by contacting vendor through 2014-10-28: No response so far, hence trying again by contacting vendor through 2014-10-31: SEC Consult releases security advisory


None available.


There is no workaround known other than to disable Scalix Web Access until a thorough security review has been performed and patches are available.

Advisory URL:

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