CORE-2009-0812-Hyperic HQ Multiple XSS

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1. *Advisory Information*

Title: Hyperic HQ Multiple XSS
Advisory Id: CORE-2009-0812
Advisory URL:
Date published: 2009-10-02
Date of last update: 2009-10-02
Vendors contacted: SpringSource
Release mode: Coordinated release

2. *Vulnerability Information*

Class: Cross site scripting [CWE-79]
Impact: Code execution
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
Bugtraq ID: N/A
CVE Name: CVE-2009-2897, CVE-2009-2898

3. *Vulnerability Description*

Hyperic HQ [1] is an open source monitoring software designed to
manage web applications and infrastructure. It auto-discovers system
resources (including hardware, operating systems and databases), and
is able to monitor hosts and services.

Multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities (both stored and
reflected) have been found in the web interface of Hyperic HQ, which
can be exploited by an attacker to execute arbitrary JavaScript code
in the context of the browser of a legitimate logged in user.

4. *Vulnerable packages*

   . Hyperic HQ 3.2
   . Hyperic HQ 4.0
   . Hyperic HQ 4.1
   . Hyperic HQ 4.2-beta1
   . Earlier (unsupported) versions may also be affected.

5. *Non-vulnerable packages*

   . Hyperic HQ 4.2-beta2 or later

6. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*

6.1. *Mitigation*

   . Users of Hyperic HQ 3.2.6 should apply the patch.
   . Users of Hyperic HQ 4.0 should upgrade to 4.0.3 and then apply
the patch.
   . Users of Hyperic HQ 4.1 should upgrade to 4.1.2 and then apply
the patch.
   . Users of Hyperic HQ 4.2-beta1 users should upgrade to 4.2-beta2
or later.

6.2. *Obtaining the security patches*

The security patches may be obtained from:


6.3. *Applying the security patches*

The security patches may be applied by following these steps:

   1. If you are not already running version 3.2.6, 4.0.3 or 4.1.2,
you must upgrade to one of these versions.
   2. Download the zip file containing the appropriate patch for your
   3. Stop the Hypric HQ server.
   4. Copy the original
hq-engine/server/default/deploy/hq.ear/hq.jar to a safe location
outside of the Hyperic HQ installation.
   5. Copy the original
to a safe location outside of the Hyperic HQ installation.
   6. Extract the hq.jar and hq_jsp.jar files from the zip file.
   7. Replace hq-engine/server/default/deploy/hq.ear/hq.jar with the
hq.jar file you extracted in step 6.
   8. Replace
with the hq_jsp.jar file you extracted in step 6.
   9. Start the Hyperic HQ server.

 Note: applying this patch will correct CVE-2009-2897 and CVE-2009-2898.

7. *Credits*

These vulnerabilities were discovered and researched by Gaston Rey and
Pablo Carballo from Core Security Technologies during Bugweek 2009 [2].

8. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*

8.1. *Introduction*

Multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities (both stored and
reflected) have been found in the web interface of Hyperic HQ, which
can be exploited by an attacker to execute arbitrary JavaScript code
in the context of the browser of a legitimate logged in user.

8.2. *Reflected XSS Vulnerability (CVE-2009-2897)*

A reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability was found in the
generic exception handler of Hyperic, located in
hq/web/common/GenericError.jsp. When there is an uncatched exception
in Hyperic, this generic exception handler is invoked. It shows a
stack trace, including the data that caused the error without
sanitizing it, leading to a reflected XSS. This is the vulnerable code:


<c:if test="${not empty exception}">
  <div id="exception" style="visibility:hidden">
  <c:if test="${not empty root}">
    <div id="root" style="visibility:hidden">
- -----/

This XSS can be triggered by sending invalid data for numeric
parameters in several .do pages, causing the webapp to raise a
java.lang.NumberFormatException exception; this way,
GenericError.jsp will be called and it will print the data that
caused the exception without escaping HTML characters, leading to the
XSS vulnerability.

The following .do pages are affected, among others:


- -----/

8.3. *Stored XSS Vulnerability (CVE-2009-2898)*

A stored cross-site scripting vulnerability was found in the Alerts
list of Hyperic HQ. An authenticated Hyperic user can create an alert
with JavaScript code in the Description field. When a user visits
the Alerts list, the Description field of every alert is displayed
without properly escaping especial HTML characters, thus leading to a
persistent XSS.

As a proof of concept, create a new alert and insert the following
JavaScript code in the Description field:

- -----/
 Afterwards, when a Hyperic user visits the Alerts list, the
JavaScript code embedded into the Description of the malicious alert
will be executed:

- -----/

8.4. *Remarks*

The Hyperic HQ web interface includes a console that allows
administrators to run Groovy code directly in the Hyperic server [3].
That code is executed in the same process as the Hyperic server. So,
by exploiting any of these XSS vulnerabilities to steal an
administrator cookie, and by running arbitrary Groovy code through the
web console, it seems not only possible to compromise the web
application, but also to fully compromise the machine where Hyperic is

9. *Report Timeline*

. 2009-09-01:
Core Security Technologies notifies the Hyperic team of the

. 2009-09-02:
The Hyperic team asks Core for a technical description of the

. 2009-09-03:
Core sends a draft security advisory with technical details and PoC
and announces its initial plan to publish the advisory on September
22nd, 2009.

. 2009-09-04:
Hyperic team acknowledges notification and announces the investigation
about the reported issue started.

. 2009-09-16:
Core requests information about the nature of the fix and an estimated
date of fix available. Core awaits updated information.

. 2009-09-16:
Hyperic team notifies the investigation about the reported issues is
still in progress, the issues have been evaluated and Hyperic team
agrees that they are security vulnerabilities. The Hyperic team
notifies the proposed release date (2009-09-22) will probably be too
soon and it may require some adjust.

. 2009-09-18:
Hyperic team confirms that the issues are present in versions 4.0, 4.1
and the soon to be released 4.2. Hyperic team also notifies the fixes
for all affected version will be available near mid-October [4].

. 2009-09-21:
The Hyperic team informs they have unintentionally disclosed some
information relating to these vulnerabilities in the associated commit
messages for the fixes. As a result of this, Hyperic team is adjusting
its release plan and intend to release patches for 4.1, 4.0 as soon as

. 2009-09-21:
A technical report about these vulnerabilities was sent by Hyperic team.

. 2009-09-21:
Core agrees to wait Hyperic team for patches and fixes, and the
advisory publication is re-scheduled for the beginning of October. In
spite of that, Core also notifies that if at any prior moment it is
detected that the bug is being exploited in the wild, Core will
publish the advisory immediately as user release.

. 2009-10-01:
Core requests information about of the fix and asks if all affected
version will be patched and available near mid-October (as planned by
Hyperic team).

. 2009-10-02:
The Hyperic team notifies they are ready to make the release
announcement, including the vulnerability announcement.

. 2009-10-02:
Core asks the Hyperic team for additional information, the patched
version numbers and possible workarounds.

. 2009-10-02:
A complete report about the requested information was sent by Hyperic

. 2009-10-02:
The advisory CORE-2009-0812 is published.

10. *References*

[2] The authors participated in Core Bugweek 2009 as members of the
team "Estupido y Sensual Flanders".

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12. *About Core Security Technologies*

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