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Barracuda Networks Backup Appliance Application - Persistent Web Vulnerability
From: Vulnerability Lab <research () vulnerability-lab com>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:23:42 +0100

Document Title:
Barracuda Networks Backup Appliance Application - Persistent Web Vulnerability

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Release Date:

Vulnerability Laboratory ID (VL-ID):

Common Vulnerability Scoring System:

Product & Service Introduction:
Barracuda Backup Service is a complete and affordable data backup solution. The Barracuda Backup 
Server provides a full local data backup and is combined with a storage subscription to replicate 
data to two offsite locations. This approach provides the best of both worlds - onsite backups for 
fast restore times and secure, offsite storage for disaster recovery. Block level deduplication is 
applied inline to reduce traditional backup storage requirements by 20 to 50 times while also 
reducing backup windows and bandwidth requirements. Cloud Storage with Deduplication

Barracuda Backup Subscription plans provide diverse offsite storage at affordable monthly fees that 
scale to meet increasing data requirements.

    * Secure backup to two geo-separate data centers
    * Deduplicated efficient backup storage
    * Redundant disk-based storage
    * Best-of-breed data retention policies
    * Web interface multi-location management
    * Restore by Web, FTP and Windows software

(Copy of the Vendor Homepage: http://www.barracudanetworks.com/ns/products/backup_overview.php)

Abstract Advisory Information:
The Vulnerability Laboratory Research Team discovered a persistent web vulnerability in the official Barracuda Networks 
Backup appliance web-application.

Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:
2013-12-02:     Researcher Notification & Coordination (Benjamin Kunz Mejri)
2013-12-04:     Vendor Notification (Barracuda Networks Security Team)
2013-12-08:     Vendor Response/Feedback (Barracuda Networks Security Team)
2014-02-17:     Vendor Fix/Patch (Barracuda Networks Developer Team)
2014-02-26:     Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)

Discovery Status:

Exploitation Technique:

Severity Level:

Technical Details & Description:
A persistent web vulnerability has been discovered in the official Barracuda Networks Backup appliance web-application.
The bugs allows remote attackers to inject own malicious script code on the application side (persistent) of the 

The persistent vulnerability is located in the `remote_host` value of the `Extern Backup` module. Remote attackers are 
to inject via POST method request own malcious script codes as remote_host. The result is the persistent 
execution out in the vulnerable remote_host list module. The attack vector is persistent on the application-side and 
request method to inject is POST. The security risk of the persistent input validation web vulnerability is estimated 
medium with a cvss (common vulnerability scoring system) count of 3.5(+)|(-)3.6.

Exploitation of the persistent web vulnerability requires low user interaction and a low privileged web-application 
user account. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in persistent session hijacking (admin/auditor), 
phishing (application-side), persistent external redirect and persistent manipulation of affected or connected 
vulnerable modules.

Request Method(s):
                                [+] POST

Vulnerable Section(s):
                                [+] Jetz Sichern

Vulnerable Module(s):
                                [+] Extern Backup > Ziel hinzufügen (Add Target) - Listing 

Vulnerable Parameter(s):
                                [+] remote_host (Exception-Handling) - Error (Invalid)

Proof of Concept (PoC):
The persistent input validation vulnerability can be exploited by remote attacker with low privileged application user 
account and 
low required user interaction. For demonstration or reproduce ...

Review: Jetz Sichern > Extern Backup > Ziel hinzufügen > [remote_host] > Listing 

<div class="fieldGroupInfo">You can optionally choose a Backup Server from your account to load the required info 
or enter it manually.</div>

<div class="fieldGroupError"></div>
<div class="replication_wrapper">
<div class="fieldGroup  statusError"><label class="ultraform_label">Ziel-IP-Adresse:</label>
<span><div class="alba-placeholder" style="position: absolute; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; 
border-color: transparent; border-style: solid; height: 17px; width: 241px; padding: 2px 3px; font-size: 13px; 
Arial,'Liberation Sans',FreeSans,sans-serif; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 
text-align: start; text-decoration: none; border-width: 1px; vertical-align: middle; cursor: text; overflow: hidden; 
ellipsis; white-space: nowrap; -moz-user-select: none; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.35); top: 79px; left: 268px; display: 
Ziel-Hostname oder IP-Adresse</div><input _placeholder="Ziel-Hostname oder IP-Adresse" size="35" 
name="remote_host" value="">"<iframe src=a>%20%20%20%20"><[PERSISTENT INJECTED SCRIPT CODE!];) <" content_source="" 
id="remote_host" type="text">
</span><span class="fieldGroupStatus"> </span>
<div class="fieldGroupInfo">Geben Sie die IP-Adresse oder den Hostnamen des Ziel-Backup-Servers ein. Die Adresse muss 
von diesem Backup 
Server aus erreichbar sein. Alternative Portnummern können angegeben werden. Beispiel:</div>
<div class="fieldGroupError">Sie haben keine Erlaubnis zum Hinzufügen oder Editieren von Ziel-Backup-Servern.</div>

Solution - Fix & Patch:
The vulnerability can be patched by a secure encode and parse of the remote_host value in the `Extern Backup` module of 
the `Ziel hinzufügen` function.
Restrict the remote_host input fields and filter the POST method request after the regular mask validation to prevent 
script code injection attacks.

Security Risk:
The security risk of the persistent web vulnerability is estimated as medium because of  the location in the 
remote_host exception-handling.

Credits & Authors:
Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Benjamin Kunz Mejri (bkm () evolution-sec com) [www.vulnerability-lab.com]

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