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Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 22:49:49 -0600
From: Michael M Slusarz <>
To: Max Olsterd <>,,,
Subject: Re: [core] CVE Request for Horde and Squirrelmail

Quoting Max Olsterd <>:

> Hi,
> Is there a CVE number available for the two 0-days exposed during Hack In
> The Box Dubai 2010 ?
> Though the exploits were not given during HITB (?), some friends have
> recently shown me that they found how both products (Squirrelmail and Horde)
> might be abused to be transformed, so that they become some kind of nmap
> scanner (banner grab, port scan, etc). It helps at discovering a remote DMZ,
> internal LAN, etc, by using those webmails as evil internal nmap proxies.
> More info available on the slides of the corporate hackers who found the
> 0-days :
> -> Squirrelmail: page 69 (post auth vuln)
> -> Horde: page 74 (pre auth vuln)

Hi Max,

I don't believe there is a CVE number for this alleged "hack".

Additionally, we at the Horde project disagree entirely with the  
characterization that this is an exploit.  We have specifically warned  
users for *at least 7 YEARS* that allowing the test scripts to remain  
executable after using them is inadvisable (see  At  
a minimum, it is a bit disingenuous for security researchers to  
"announce" a exploit that is explicitly mentioned in the documentation  
shipped with the software package.

That being said, with framework changes that have already been made in  
Horde 4, test scripts are now globally disabled by default, which will  
help protect somewhat against lazy administrators.  Until then, for H3  
admins simply need to disable/restrict the test scripts as we have  
been telling them to do for years.


Michael Slusarz []

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