[NEWS] Vignette Story Server Sensitive Information Disclosure

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Date: 04/18/03

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      Vignette Story Server Sensitive Information Disclosure


    Vignette's Story Server is a web interface to Vignette's content
    management suite of applications that operates on a variety of platforms
    and web server technologies.

    Vignette Story Server allows the publication of both static and dynamic
    content. The dynamic pages are created using a TCL[1] Interpreter. There
    exists vulnerability within the TCL interpreter used that allows 'dumping'
    of the stack of the current running TCL process when generating dynamic

    This vulnerability results in an attacker being able to extract
    information about other users sessions, server side code and other
    sensitive information.

    This vulnerability has been verified on Vignette Story Server v4.1 and


    Vulnerable systems:
     * Vignette Story Server version 4.1
     * Vignette Story Server version 6

    Vignette supports a vast range of dynamic content via its content
    management system. It allows the use of TCL code to interact with
    databases, generate cookies, and wide range of other functions.

    When a request is made to a dynamic page which accepts user input there
    exists an issue when a large number of " and > characters are input to the
    TCL interpreter. The effect is that the TCL interpreter will crash
    returning to the user the data that was on the stack at the current time.

    - From @stake's testing it has been observed the most likely way to
    generate the crash is with a combination of around 214 " and > characters.
    Contained below is an example URL that if populated would return a large
    amount of data.

    https://www.example.co.uk/securelogin/1,2345,A,00.html?Errmessage="x214>x214 [line wrapped]

    If above URL is submitted when there is a large number of users performing
    dynamic functions within the site (i.e. logging in or performing a search)
    then a large amount of sensitive TCL code will be available upon the stack
    and send to the attacker.

    It should be noted that this vulnerability can be exploited continuously
    without any effect on the availability of the site in question, thus
    allowing an attacker to effectively wait until they have enough data to
    achieve their end goal.

    Jan. 28, 2003 Email contact at Vignette on 28th with details of
    vulnerability. Received questions regarding vulnerability and respond

    February 2003 Vignette confirms they have not been able to reproduce
    @stake calls Vignette contact to explain vulnerability, understand the
    product is not affected in its latest incarnation due to it being Java
    rather than TCL. Contact says they would like affected customers to
    upgrade. @stake offers via voice and e-mail to reproduce issue if Vignette
    provide Internet accessible host. @stake conducts another phone call with
    Vignette to explain the issue and discuss possible alternatives and
    solutions @stake has been suggesting to clients.

    March 2003 @stake contact Vignette requesting an update. Vignette states
    that questions regarding this issue should be submitted by affected
    customers via their Vignette support contract.

    April 4, 2002 Vignette responds that the issue has been fixed and supplies
    patch information.

    * It should be noted that @stake customers were affected by this issue and
    our first priority was to not put them at increased risk.

    Vendor Response:
    The problem is fixed and a patch is available. Any Vignette customer who
    has a security concern with their Vignette deployment should contact
    Vignette Technical Support through normal channels. Those channels include
    <mailto:support@vignette.com> support@vignette.com, contacting Technical
    Support in the Americas at 1 888 846 6907, Europe, Middle East and Africa
    44(0)1628772299 and Asia Pacific Australia 1 800 110 118 Asia Pacific New
    Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan & China: +800 110 11811 Asia Pacific
    All Others 61.2.9455.5099. Additionally, customers have the following
    resources available at
    http://support.vignette.com/VOLSS/KB/View/1,,5360,00.html and

    @stake Recommendations:
    If you have a dynamic application that receives user input you should
    install the patch.

    Alternatively, employ string length checks upon user submitted data.
    @stake has discovered requests under about 100 bytes rarely yield any
    sensitive information.


    The information has been provided by <mailto:ollie@atstake.com> Ollie
    Whitehouse of @Stake.


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