Parallels Plesk v9.0.2b - Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability

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Reporter Vulnerability Research Laboratory
Modified 2011-06-12T00:00:00


                                            Document Title:
Parallels Plesk v9.0.2b - Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability

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Product & Service Introduction:
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und erlaubt Ihnen, die mühsamsten Aufgaben schell und effizient zu finden und zu erledigen.

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Abstract Advisory Information:
Vulnerability Lab Team discovered a Cross-Site-Scripting Vulnerability on Plesk.
A remote attacker or local privileged user account can implement  malicious persistent script code over the update function url/path.

Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:
2010-03-02:	Vendor Notification
2010-04-19:	Vendor Response/Feedback
2010-05-02:	Vendor Fix/Patch
2010-06-08:	Public or Non-Public Disclosure

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Technical Details & Description:
A persistent cross site scripting vulnerability is detected on Plesk 9.0.2b.
The vulnerability allows an remote attacker or local privileged user account to implement persistent malicious script codes.

Vulnerable Module(s):
                                                         Plesk Control Panel Updater


Proof of Concept (PoC):
The vulnerability can be exploited by remote attacker with user inter-action or by local privileged user accounts on plesk.
For demonstration or reproduce ...

Location: Plesk Control Panel Updater - Benachrichtigungseinstellungen
Example: >\"<script>alert(document.cookie)</script><div style=\"

--- Exception Logs ---
Fehler: Unable to set configuration: System.Xml.XmlException: Ein Name darf nicht mit dem Zeichen \'<\', 
hexadezimaler Wert 0x3C, beginnen. Zeile 1, Position 57.
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e)
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(String res, String[] args)
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Int32 pos, String res, String[] args)
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributes()
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElement()
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseDocumentContent()
bei System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Read()
bei System.Xml.XmlLoader.Load(XmlDocument doc, XmlReader reader, Boolean preserveWhitespace)
bei System.Xml.XmlDocument.Load(XmlReader reader)
bei System.Xml.XmlDocument.LoadXml(String xml)
bei PleskAutoUpdate.App.Main(String[] args)

Solution - Fix & Patch:
Parse and validate Updater input Fields and the corresponding Parameters. To fix the vulnerability, use htmlspecialchars() as a filter.

Security Risk:
The security risk of the cross site scripting vulnerability is estimated as medium because of the persistent attack vector.

Credits & Authors:
Vulnerability Research Laboratory

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