Advisory 10/2006: ViewVC Undefined Charset UTF-7 XSS Vulnerability Oct 15 2006 02:21PM
Stefan Esser (sesser hardened-php net)
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-= Security Advisory =-

Advisory: ViewVC Undefined Charset UTF-7 XSS Vulnerability
Release Date: 2006/10/15
Last Modified: 2006/10/15
Author: Stefan Esser [sesser (at) hardened-php (dot) net [email concealed]]

Application: ViewVC <= 1.0.2
Severity: A missing default charset definition allows XSS attacks
against browsers interpreting UTF-7 (IE, mozilla family)
Risk: Medium
Vendor Status: Vendor released 1.0.3 which according to vendor fixes
this vulnerability
References: http://www.hardened-php.net/advisory_102006.134.html


Quote from http://www.viewvc.org
"ViewVC is a browser interface for CVS and Subversion version
control repositories. It generates templatized HTML to present
navigable directory, revision, and change log listings. It can
display specific versions of files as well as diffs between
those versions. Basically, ViewVC provides the bulk of the
report-like functionality you expect out of your version
control tool, but much more prettily than the average textual
command-line program output."

It was discovered that ViewVC is neither sending a charset HTTP
header nor specifying a charset in the HTML body. Therefore it
is possible to trick several browsers into decoding ViewVC pages
UTF-7. This allows attackers to inject arbitrary UTF-7 encoded
Java-Script code into the output.

Please note that these UTF-7 attacks against sites with missing
charset definitions are also exploitable in the mozilla browser
family (seamonkey, firefox, ...). Advisories from different
parties that describe similar vulnerabilities usually claim
that only Internet Explorer with activated auto-detection is
vulnerable. In reality the mozilla browser family is even more
affected, because you can attack them no matter if charset
auto-detection is turned on or off.

Proof of Concept:

The Hardened-PHP Project is not going to release a proof of
concept exploit to the general public.

Disclosure Timeline:

07. October 2006 - Notified ViewVC developers
13. October 2006 - ViewVC developers release 1.0.3
15. October 2006 - Public Disclosure


It is strongly recommended to upgrade to the newest version of
ViewVC 1.0.3 which you can download at:




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

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