Barracuda Appliances - Validation Filter Bypass Vulnerability
Vulnerability Laboratory ID (VL-ID):
Common Vulnerability Scoring System:
Abstract Advisory Information:
The Vulnerability Laboratory Research Team discovered a input validation filter bypass vulnerability in Barracudas Network appliance products.
Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:
2012-06-09: Researcher Notification & Coordination
2012-06-10: Vendor Notification
2012-07-12: Vendor Response/Feedback
2012-07-14: Vendor Fix/Patch
2012-07-16: Public Disclosure
Technical Details & Description:
A filter bypass vulnerability is detected in the Barracuda Networks Appliances Applications. Remote attackers
with privileged user accounts bypass the application internal filter & exception-handling. Successful exploitation
of the vulnerability result in dbms (Server) or application (Web) compromise. Exploitation requires low or medium
user inter action & with privileged user account.
The input filter blocks persistent input attacks with a restriction/filter exception for double quotes, <>,frames,
scripts & statements. The vulnerability allows to bypass the existing input validation filter & exception handling.
The bug is located when processing to save the url path name (db stored) with attached file. The vulnerability
allows to bypass the path url name parse restriction which leads to the execution on a secound vulnerable bound
module which displays the input as output listing. The Account MyResource Display (example listing + input) & Upload
File modules are executing the earlier saved `save` path of url-path/folder which leads to the bypass of the input
validation filter & exception-handling. The result is the persistent execution of malicious script codes out of the
security appliance application context.
The vulnerability allows to bypass this method with this tricky way ...
The url path function save the context of the input path name(parsed) as client side request (GET) via URL. If the
request is getting bound with the file (POST), which is getting stored (persistent) displayed later on the overview
listings, the code will be unauthorized executed out of the security application context(persistent|server-side).
[+] MyResource, File System & File Upload Output/Input - Input Validation Filter Restriction & Listing
NOTE: The vulnerability is also located on different other security appliances on all resource listings or file uploads with url path save.
Proof of Concept (PoC):
The vulnerability can be exploited by local low privileged user accounts & with medium or high required user inter action.
For demonstration or reproduce ...
1. Login into for example the SSL VPN appliance
2. Switch over to the MyResources File System
3. Open via Tamper the following url ... fileSystem.do?ActionTarget=list&path=smb/random folder/
4. Now save the path and switch to new folder
5. The setting of the path has been implemented automatic. Change the Path to your scriptcode after it has been parsed.
6. Now switch after the save to the uplaod files function. Upload any random file which is bound to the malicious title.
7. Save the file and the code is getting executed in the main index of the preview in myresources.
Testing from Tri Opt /
"><[PERSISTENT SCRIPT CODE EXECUTION!]' <<="" a=""> /
Solution - Fix & Patch:
The vulnerability can be fixed by parsing the secound input request of the file upload function next to the display of the myresource listing.
To fix the issue completly it is also required to parse the path url request which allows to include but not execute the context.
2012-07-14: Vendor Fix/Patch by Barracuda Networks
The security risk of the input validation filter bypass vulnerability is estimated as high(-).
Credits & Authors:
Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Benjamin Kunz Mejri (email@example.com)
Disclaimer & Information:
The information provided in this advisory is provided as it is without any warranty. Vulnerability-Lab disclaims all warranties,
either expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and capability for a particular purpose. Vulnerability-
Lab or its suppliers are not liable in any case of damage, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential loss of business
profits or special damages, even if Vulnerability-Lab or its suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages so the foregoing limitation
may not apply. We do not approve or encourage anybody to break any vendor licenses, policies, deface websites, hack into databases
or trade with fraud/stolen material.
Domains: www.vulnerability-lab.com - www.vuln-lab.com - www.vulnerability-lab.com/register
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Section: video.vulnerability-lab.com - forum.vulnerability-lab.com - news.vulnerability-lab.com
Social: twitter.com/#!/vuln_lab - facebook.com/VulnerabilityLab - youtube.com/user/vulnerability0lab
Feeds: vulnerability-lab.com/rss/rss.php - vulnerability-lab.com/rss/rss_upcoming.php - vulnerability-lab.com/rss/rss_news.php
Any modified copy or reproduction, including partially usages, of this file requires authorization from Vulnerability Laboratory.
Permission to electronically redistribute this alert in its unmodified form is granted. All other rights, including the use of other
media, are reserved by Vulnerability-Lab Research Team or its suppliers. All pictures, texts, advisories, sourcecode, videos and
other information on this website is trademark of vulnerability-lab team & the specific authors or managers. To record, list (feed),
modify, use or edit our material contact (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) to get a permission.
Copyright © 2012 | Vulnerability Laboratory