Apache HTTP Server mod_proxy_ftp Wildcard Characters Cross-Site Scripting Aug 06 2008 05:26PM
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Rapid7 Advisory R7-0033
Apache HTTP Server mod_proxy_ftp Wildcard Characters Cross-Site Scripting

Discovered: July 25, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008
Revision: 1.1

CVE: CVE-2008-2939

1. Affected system(s):

o Apache HTTP Server 2.2.9 (and earlier 2.2.x versions)
o Apache HTTP Server 2.0.63 (and earlier 2.0.x versions)

o Apache HTTP Server 1.3.x (because mod_proxy_ftp doesn't support

2. Summary

The mod_proxy_ftp module of the Apache HTTP Server is vulnerable to a
cross-site scripting vulnerability when handling requests with wildcard
characters (aka globbing characters).

3. Vendor status and information

Apache HTTP Server Project

The developers were notified of this vulnerability on July 28, 2008 via
the private security mailing list security (at) apache (dot) org. [email concealed] They
acknowledged it within 12 hours. On July 29, they assigned it a CVE ID.
On August 5, the vulnerability was fixed in all SVN branches:

o Commit to main trunk:
o Commit to 2.2 branch:
o Commit to 2.0 branch:

4. Solution

Upgrade to Apache HTTP Server 2.2.10 or 2.0.64 (as of August 6, these
have not been released yet), or apply the patch from SVN commit

5. Detailed analysis

When Apache HTTP Server is configured with proxy support
("ProxyRequests On" in the configuration file), and when mod_proxy_ftp
is enabled to support FTP-over-HTTP, requests containing wildcard
characters (asterisk, tilde, opening square bracket, etc) such as:

GET ftp://host/*<foo> HTTP/1.0

lead to cross-site scripting in the response returned by mod_proxy_ftp:

<h2>Directory of <a href="/">ftp://host</a>/*<foo></h2>

To exploit this vulnerability, 'host' must be running an FTP server,
and the last directory component of the path (the XSS payload) must
be composed of at least 1 wildcard character and must not contain any
forward slashes. In practice, this last requirement is not an obstacle
at all to develop working exploits, example:


6. Credit

Discovered by Marc Bevand of Rapid7.

7. Contact Information

Rapid7, LLC
Email: advisory (at) rapid7 (dot) com [email concealed]
Web: http://www.rapid7.com
Phone: +1 (617) 247-1717

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