ZDI-06-042: Verity Ultraseek Request Proxying Vulnerability
November 15, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since April 3, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4287. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to proxy web attacks and scan
internal hosts through vulnerable installations of Verity Ultraseek.
Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.
The specific flaw exists within the highlight script used to highlight
search terms on spidered pages. An attacker can directly access the
highlight script at '/highlight/index.html' to pass parameters to and
retrieve content from arbitrary URLs. The same script can also be
abused to enumerate otherwise inaccessible internal addresses and open
Ultraseek also exposes various information disclosure vulnerabilities
through the following scripts:
Authenticated Ultraseek users can further abuse another vulnerability
to retrieve arbitrary file contents from the underyling server through
the '/admin/logfile.txt' script.
-- Vendor Response:
Verity has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.04.03 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.05.09 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.11.15 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by sullo / CIRT.net.
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