Proofpoint Protection Server 5.5.5 Cross Site Scripting
Sense of Security - Security Advisory - SOS-11-005
Release Date. 03-May-2011
Last Update. -
Vendor Notification Date. 28-Apr-2011
Product. Proofpoint Protection Server
Affected versions. 5.5.5 (verified), and possibly others
Severity Rating. Medium
Impact. Cookie/credential theft,
impersonation, loss of confidentiality
Attack Vector. Remote without authentication
Solution Status. Vendor patch
CVE reference. Not yet assigned
The Proofpoint Protection Server offers anti-spam and anti-virus,
connection management, email firewall and policy enforcement features.
A Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability has been discovered in the
Proofpoint Protection Server where input is passed to the query string
of process.cgi. This has occurred as a result of the application not
embedded. When input is incorrectly validated and not properly sanitised
and then displayed in a web page, attackers can trick users into viewing
the web page and causing malicious code to be executed.
Proof of Concept.
The Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability can be triggered by using the
Where: proofpoint.yyy.com.au:10020 is the internal FQDN of the Proofpoint
appliance (this is the link received in the 'quarantine mail alert' email)
Note: the recipient and msg_id parameters do not need to be valid (exist on
Proofpoint) to trigger the vulnerability.
The vendor has advised that 'Patch 1084' is now available,
and should be applied to fix this issue.
Karan Khosla - Sense of Security Labs.
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