WebWasher Classic - HTTP CONNECT weakness

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2005-01-30T00:00:00


WebWasher Classic - HTTP CONNECT weakness

WebWasher Classic

WebWasher Classic is a well known HTTP-URL/Popup/Script filtering proxy which is free for non commercial use. WebWasher Classic supports two modes, a client mode, where it only works for the local machine (bound to localhost) and a server mode, where it serves as a network proxy (bound to


If running in server mode, it is possible to connect from remote to tcp ports listening on of the WebWasher system. This is an design flaw, because CONNECT requests to localhost should be denied. It also may be possible to bypass accesslists of firewalls, protecting the WebWasher system.


WebWasher Classic v3.3 and v.2.2.1 on Windows platform. Other platforms were not tested, but may also be affected.


1) Start a netcat listener on the WebWasher system: netcat -L -p 99 -s < hallo.txt 2) Connect to the WebWasher proxy port (default 8080/tcp) 3) Enter command "CONNECT HTTP/1.0"

As a result, content of hallo.txt will appear.


http://www.webwasher.com (Webwasher belongs to CyberGuard)


by oliver karow http://www.oliverkarow.de/research/WebWasherCONNECT.txt

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