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R7-0008: IBM WebSphere Edge Server Caching Proxy Cross-Site Scripting Issues
From: "Rapid 7 Security Advisories" <advisory () rapid7 com>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 17:51:52 -0400
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Rapid 7 Advisory R7-0008
IBM WebSphere Edge Server Caching Proxy Cross-Site Scripting Issues
Published: October 23, 2002
o First XSS issue (standard XSS)
IBM: APAR# IY24527
o Second XSS issue (HTTP header injection)
IBM: APAR# IY35139
1. Affected system(s):
o IBM Web Traffic Express Caching Proxy Server v4.x (bundled
with IBM WebSphere Edge Server v2.0)
o IBM Web Traffic Express Caching Proxy Server v3.6
IBM Web Traffic Express Caching Proxy server is vulnerable to
cross site scripting. The Caching Proxy server allows script code
to be injected into pages using standard cross-site scripting
techniques. A second, variant attack allows the HTTP headers to
IBM now bundles Web Traffic Express v4.0 with WebSphere Edge Server
v2.0. IBM Web Traffic Express v3.6 and earlier were separately
3. Vendor status and information
IBM was notified of this issue and has released efix build number
188.8.131.52 for Caching Proxy Server v4.x, which fixes this issue
and other security issues (see Rapid 7 advisory R7-0007 for more
information: http://www.rapid7.com/advisories/R7-0007.txt ).
IBM is tracking the first (standard) XSS issue as APAR# IY24527.
IBM is tracking the second (header injection) XSS issue as
IBM customers should install Caching Proxy efix build 184.108.40.206 or
higher. Efix builds can be downloaded from IBM's secure FTP site.
For more information on obtaining efix builds, contact IBM support
with the APAR numbers listed above.
The fixes have also been ported back to the Web Traffic Express v3.6
code base. Customers running v3.6 should contact IBM support for
more information on how to upgrade to a newer build.
5. Detailed analysis
There are two XSS techniques that can be used against the caching
proxy server. Please note that the following text may be
wrapped or otherwise mangled by mail clients or gateways. You
should refer to the original advisory if there is a question about
the exact text.
a) Standard XSS exploit against Web Traffic Express Caching Proxy
Request the following path from the caching proxy server:
b) XSS exploit against Web Traffic Express Caching Proxy, adding a
second "Location:" header by using %0a%0d
telnet www.victim.com 80
Connected to www.victim.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 03:44:18 GMT
Last-Modified: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 03:44:18 GMT
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