Apache HTTP Server mod_proxy_ftp Wildcard Characters Cross-Site Scripting

From: marc_bevand@rapid7.com
To: bugtraq@securityfocus.com
Subject: Apache HTTP Server mod_proxy_ftp Wildcard Characters Cross-Site Scripting

Rapid7 Advisory R7-0033
Apache HTTP Server mod_proxy_ftp Wildcard Characters Cross-Site Scripting

   Discovered: July 25, 2008
   Published:  August 5, 2008
   Revision:   1.1

   CVE: CVE-2008-2939

1. Affected system(s):

   o Apache HTTP Server 2.2.9 (and earlier 2.2.x versions)
   o Apache HTTP Server 2.0.63 (and earlier 2.0.x versions)

   o Apache HTTP Server 1.3.x (because mod_proxy_ftp doesn't support 

2. Summary

   The mod_proxy_ftp module of the Apache HTTP Server is vulnerable to a
   cross-site scripting vulnerability when handling requests with wildcard
   characters (aka globbing characters).

3. Vendor status and information

   Apache HTTP Server Project

   The developers were notified of this vulnerability on July 28, 2008 via
   the private security mailing list security@apache.org. They
   acknowledged it within 12 hours. On July 29, they assigned it a CVE ID.
   On August 5, the vulnerability was fixed in all SVN branches:

   o Commit to main trunk:
   o Commit to 2.2 branch:
   o Commit to 2.0 branch:

4. Solution

   Upgrade to Apache HTTP Server 2.2.10 or 2.0.64 (as of August 6, these
   have not been released yet), or apply the patch from SVN commit

5. Detailed analysis

   When Apache HTTP Server is configured with proxy support
   ("ProxyRequests On" in the configuration file), and when mod_proxy_ftp
   is enabled to support FTP-over-HTTP, requests containing wildcard
   characters (asterisk, tilde, opening square bracket, etc) such as:

     GET ftp://host/*<foo> HTTP/1.0

   lead to cross-site scripting in the response returned by mod_proxy_ftp:

     <h2>Directory of <a href="/">ftp://host</a>/*<foo></h2>

   To exploit this vulnerability, 'host' must be running an FTP server,
   and the last directory component of the path (the XSS payload) must
   be composed of at least 1 wildcard character and must not contain any
   forward slashes. In practice, this last requirement is not an obstacle
   at all to develop working exploits, example:


6. Credit

   Discovered by Marc Bevand of Rapid7.
7. Contact Information

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   Phone: +1 (617) 247-1717 

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