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[oCERT-2009-004] AjaxTerm session id collision
May 11 2009 04:43PM
Andrea Barisani (lcars ocert org)
#2009-004 AjaxTerm session id collision
AjaxTerm, an open source web based terminal, uses a form of random session id
generation which can lead to remote session hijacking.
The ajaxterm.js script allocates session ids on the client side using the
sufficient entropy for a unique session id, as the session id is the only
unique identifier for the user session it is possible for an attacker to brute
force the space of possible id values and attach an existing connection.
This vulnerability also allows Denial Of Service attacks as it is possible to
exhaust the available session ids when performing a brute force attack and,
depending on the configured AjaxTerm child command, system resources.
AjaxTerm <= 0.10
Unfortunately oCERT has been unable to get feedback from AjaxTerm maintainers
and the package seems unmaintained, it's therefore suggested to avoid AjaxTerm
usage on production or any environment where strong security is needed.
Credit: Initial vulnerability report provided by Michael Greb <mgreb [at]
linode [dot] com>.
2009-03-12: vulnerability report received
2009-03-12: contacted AjaxTerm maintainer
2009-04-18: oCERT contacts various vendors security team seeking for
developers familiar with AjaxTerm
2009-04-28: due to lack of feedback oCERT asks reporter to disclose the
2009-04-29: reporter agrees to disclosure
2009-05-11: advisory release
Andrea Barisani | Founder & Project Coordinator
oCERT | Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team
<lcars (at) ocert (dot) org [email concealed]> http://www.ocert.org
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