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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Free Web Chat
From: "Donato Ferrante" <fdonato () autistici org>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 12:02:02 -0000


                           Donato Ferrante


Application:  Free Web Chat
              http://sourceforge.net/projects/freewebchat/

Version:      Initial Release

Bugs:         Multiple Vulnerabilities

Date:         04-Aug-2004

Author:       Donato Ferrante
              e-mail: fdonato () autistici org
              web:    www.autistici.org/fdonato



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1. Description
2. The bugs
3. The code
4. The fix



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1. Description:
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Vendor's Description:

"Free Web Chat is a chat applet designed to be used in a browser.
It consists of a server and a client applet. You can have multiple
rooms and unlimited user. You can also private message individuals.
Right now the administration aspect is farily minimal, but soon you
will have a robust administration gui to go along with the server
as well as the ability to connect as an administrator remotely."



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2. The bugs:
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The chat server has two bugs:


[1] Denial Of Service

The chat server has an unchecked variable (in UserManager.java) that
allow users to deny the chat service, in fact we are in presence of
a NullPointerException not managed.


The NullPointerException is located in the following method of
UserManager.java:

      public void addUser( Socket sock )
      {
            User usr = new User(sock, this);
            String usrName = usr.getName();
            if (usrName != "" ) /* if used to check initialization */
                                /* it's an error */
            {
                  /* wrong method call! */
                  /* no checks for usrName != null */
                  if (userHash.containsKey( usrName) )
                  {
                        usr.rejectUsername();
                        return;
                  }

                  usr.sendRoomList(rmManager.getRoomList());
                  
            (...)
     }


as illustrated above the variable usrName is not checked so it may be
also null. Addictionally the method doesn't catch the exception that
may be thrown: NullPointerException.



[2] Resources Consumption

The chat server is unable to properly manage multiple connections
from the same user. In fact it will consume a lot of CPU resources.



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3. The code:
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To test the vulnerabilities:


[1]

   http://www.autistici.org/fdonato/poc/FreeWebChat[ir]DoS-poc.zip


[2]

   http://www.autistici.org/fdonato/poc/FreeWebChat[ir]RC-poc.zip   



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4. The fix:
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No fix.
The vendor has not answered to my signalations.


If you want you can fix the bug [1] by using my following patch.
To fix the bug [1] replace the method: addUser( Socket sock )
in UserManager.java, with the following patched method:

      public void addUser( Socket sock )
      {
            User usr = new User(sock, this);
            String usrName = usr.getName();
            if (usrName != "" )
            {
                        
                  /* start fix */
                  /* manage NullPointerException */
                  try{
                                
                        if (userHash.containsKey( usrName) )
                        {
                              usr.rejectUsername();
                              return;
                        }

                  }catch(NullPointerException npe){
                        usr.rejectUsername();
                        return;
                  } 
                 /* end fix */

                  usr.sendRoomList(rmManager.getRoomList());
                  userHash.put( usr.getName(), usr );
                  rmManager.getDefaultRoom().addUser( usr );


                  //start the reciever thread
                  Thread t = new Thread(usr); 
                  t.start();
           }
        
      }





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