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Advisory 07/2005: Jaws Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
From: Stefan Esser <sesser () hardened-php net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 02:25:02 +0200

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     Advisory: Jaws Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
 Release Date: 2005/07/06
Last Modified: 2005/07/06
       Author: Stefan Esser [sesser () hardened-php net]

  Application: Jaws <= 0.5.2
     Severity: Multiple Security Holes in Jaws allow remote code
               execution
         Risk: Critical
Vendor Status: Vendor doesn't consider this serious enough
   References: http://www.hardened-php.net/advisory-072005.php


Overview:

   Quote from http://www.jaws.com.mx
   "Jaws is a Framework and Content Management System for building 
   dynamic web sites. It aims to be User Friendly giving ease of use 
   and lots of ways to customize web sites, but at the same time is 
   Developer Frendly, it offers a simple and powerful framework to 
   hack your own modules."
   
   An audit of Jaws revealed that it uses XML_RPC and is therefore
   vulnerable to the known eval() hole. Additionally the Blog gadget
   is vulnerable to a remote URL inclusion vulnerability.
   
   The vendor, although we contacted him credits Gulftech for the
   XML_RPC vulnerability. He also believes, that a remote URL inclusion
   vulnerability that is only exploitable with register_globals
   turned on, which is the default on most servers, is not serious.
   
   Because of this they released an updated version of Jaws, that
   is still vulnerable to remote code execution through the Blog
   gadget.
   

Details:

   A quick audit of Jaws revealed, that they are using the XMLRPC
   library. This audit also revealed that the file BlogModel.php
   of the Blog gadget suffers a remote URL include vulnerability 
   triggered by the global variable 'path'.
   
   Unfortunately for the users of Jaws, the vendor believes that
   a remote URL inclusion vulnerability is not serious and 
   therefore they released an update to Jaws in response to our
   notification, that only upgrades the bundled XMLRPC library.
   This means, although they know better the Jaws developers
   expose their user to a serious security hole in their Blog
   gadget.
   
   Impudent like they are, they are also crediting the XMLRPC
   finding to Gulftech, although we contacted them. But this is 
   not uncommon. Secunia and some Linux vendors still claim, that
   Gulftech has informed the PEAR developers about this
   vulnerability, which is of course a lie.


Proof of Concept:

   The Hardened-PHP Project is not going to release an exploit 
   for this vulnerability to the public.


Disclosure Timeline:

   05. July 2005 - Contacted jaws vendor via email
   05. July 2005 - Vendor releases Jaws 0.5.2 which only upgrades
                   the bundled XML_RPC
   06. July 2005 - Public disclosure


Recommendation:

   Because there is actually no fix for this vulnerability we
   recommend that you simply do not use Jaws at all. Code that does
   require register_globals turned off to be secure should be 
   avoided.
   
   Alternatively you can simply install the Hardening-Patch to 
   stop this and all other remote URL include vulnerabilities.
   

GPG-Key:

   http://www.hardened-php.net/hardened-php-signature-key.asc

   pub  1024D/0A864AA1 2004-04-17 Hardened-PHP Signature Key
   Key fingerprint = 066F A6D0 E57E 9936 9082  7E52 4439 14CC 0A86 4AA1


Copyright 2005 Stefan Esser. All rights reserved.

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