PR08-01: Several XSS, a cross-domain redirect and a webroot disclosure on Spyce - Python Server Pages (PSP) Feb 19 2008 01:12PM
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PR08-01: Several XSS, a cross-domain redirect and a webroot disclosure
on Spyce - Python Server Pages (PSP)

Vulnerability found: 19th December 2007

Vendor informed: 14th January 2007

Vulnerability fixed: the vendor did not respond, however a workaround
has been included in the "Fix" section of this advisory.

Severity: Medium


All Spyce sample scripts that return client-supplied input back to the
browser are vulnerable to XSS. It is also possible to redirect users to
third-party sites and obtain the webroot path by not submitting required
parameters to certain scripts.

Note: tested on Spyce - Python Server Pages version 2.1.3

The following are only some examples that demonstrate XSS:'Can%

Other vulnerable scripts and unsanitized parameters:

Script: /demos/chat/
parameter: newline

Script: /docs/examples/formintro.spy
parameter: text1

Script: /docs/examples/formtag.spy
parameter: mytext
parameter: mydate

Script: /docs/examples/redirect.spy
parameter: type

Note: some XSS can only be exploited via POST requests (as opposed to
GET). This could be done by using an embedded HTML form with
"method='POST'" attribute and a JavaScript snippet that causes the form
to auto-submits itself. Such form would be located on a third-party site.

Cross-domain redirect PoC:

Requesting the following URL returns the server's webroot:


An attacker may be able to cause execution of malicious scripting code
in the browser of a user who clicks on a link to a Spyce-based site.
Such code would run within the security context of the target domain.
This type of attack can result in non-persistent defacement of the
target site, or the redirection of confidential information (i.e.:
session IDs) to unauthorised third parties.

Attackers can redirect victim users to third-party sites. Such behaviour
can help attackers perform phishing attacks by redirecting the victim to
a spoof login page.


Remove sample scripts from live environments.


Credits: Richard Brain, Jan Fry, and Bruno Kovacs of ProCheckUp Ltd


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