Squid Web Proxy Authentication Failure Vulnerability

Assumptions:
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1.) You use plain squid-2.2-STABLE5 or below. Also, external authentication is active using a some external authentication program, which basically follows the implementation guidelines given on the squid-webpages.

2.) Your ACL's for external authentication apply often enough so that external authentication actually happens maybe every 20 seconds to 20 minutes. This also depends on your password-cache settings.

3.) In general, users enter correct user:password pairs.

4.) No other user has sent a user:passwd pair with a newline at the end to the proxy until now (so we can actually describe the effect when it occurs the first time).


The exploit:
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1.) Create a base64-encoded "user:passwd\n" string, f.e.:
# echo "foo:bar" | mimencode
# Zm9vOmJhcgo=

Note that
# echo -n "foo:bar" | mimencode
(notice the -n option!) will strip the trailing newline and can't be used.

The newline at the end is essential for the exploit, since most external authenticators will read _two_ lines from the proxy and sent _two_ results back to the proxy, shifting all subsequent responses to authentication request by one.

2.) telnet to your proxy and sent a valid but not authorized request (lines marked with a * are your input lines):

# telnet proxy 8080
Trying 123.123.123.123
Connected to proxy.home.net
Escape character is '^]'
* GET http://some.domain.net HTTP/1.0
* Proxy-Authorization: Basic Zm9vOmJhcgo=
*
Please notice the last extra newline needed for the Protocol (it has nothing to do with the exploit, though).

An ACL must match the given domain (here, some.domain.net), which uses the external authentication program.

3.) You will see the response for you user:passwd pair and due to assumption this answer is accurate.

Now, wait. Once a different user sents his user:password pair -- which in turn is correct in general as stated in assumption 3.) -- he will get the authentication response of _your_ empty line and most probably will be a HTTP/1.0 407 Proxy Authentication Required answer, but then, the user will try again and... get the _correct_ answer of his or her _first_ try.

Now, the second answer (which most probably will be OK) is pending!

4.) Try to connect again with another fake user:password (without extra newline), most likely using your favorite browser. Now you should profit from the pending OK in step 3 and get the page you want.

Thats it. Please notice, that when caching is active, you can surf as long the name:password pair is available in the cache -- which can be quite long.

[This is a direct quote from a Bugtraq post by Oezguer Kesim which is available in the 'Credit' section of this vulnerability entry].


 

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