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RE: MIMESweeper For Web 5.X Cross Site Scripting
From: "Erez Metula" <erezmetula () 2bsecure co il>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 15:52:50 +0300



MIMESweeper For Web 5.X Cross Site Scripting


I. INTRODUCTION

MIMESweeper For Web is a policy-based content security for web applications. It analyzes web content and blocks pages 
or files that are prohibited by the organizational security policy.

For more Information please refer to:
http://www.clearswift.com/products/msw/msw_web/default.aspx


II. DESCRIPTION

A XSS vulnerability was discovered by Erez Metula. When accessing a URL which is not permitted the user is redirected 
to an "access denied" page that is vulnerable to XSS. The page does not input validate / HTML Encode the input and 
displays the data "as is".

Usually this means that it enables an attacker to inject HTML or Javascript code into users's browsers, and by that 
bypassing the browser DOM restrictions.
This javascript code can perform actions on behalf of the user, steal authentication cookies, change the appearance of 
web pages, perform phishing ,and generally can do everything to the original page.
 

III. EXPLOITATION

The vulnerability can be exploited by just redirecting the client to some URL that is restricted by MIMESweeper policy 
and adding the script at the end of the URL.

Example PoC:
http://SomeBlackListedSite/<script>PAYLOAD</script>

 
IV. IMPACT

Using the MIMESweeper capabilities of a central gateway to spread malicious scripts to users.
An example attack scenario could be that an attacker will redirect many users (by email, posting in the organization 
portal, etc.) to some blocked URL and an accompanying script that will steal their authentication cookies.

V. DETECTION

Detection of this vulnerability involves injecting some HTML tags / scripts to a blocked URL that will be responded by 
the MIMESweeper with the vulnerable page.

VI. WORKAROUND

Clearswift released a patch for this vulnerability, following the initial contact &notification.
The patch can be obtained from:
http://www.clearswift.com/support/msw/patch_MswWeb.aspx
termed as "MIMEsweeper for Web 5.1.15 Hotfix"


VII. VENDOR RESPONSE

Clearswift has been informed on the 27/6/06 by e-mail to their support.
Clearswift released a fixed version of the software.


VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

27/06/06            Identification of the flaw
27/06/06            Reporting the flaw to clearswift by email
27/06/06            Response from clearswift, asking for more description
27/06/06            Providing the full description to clearswift
28/06/06            Clearswift acknowledge of the vulnerability
06/07/06            Patch released by clearswift
09/07/06            Public advisory


IX. CREDITS

The vulnerability was discovered by Erez Metula.

Erez Metula, CISSP    
Application Security Department Manager
Security Software Engineer
E-Mail:  erezmetula () 2bsecure co il




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