Asterisk vmail.cgi vulnerability
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 11:19:19 +1100 To: email@example.com
Assurance.com.au - Vulnerability Advisory
Asterisk Web-VoiceMail (Comedian VoiceMail)
Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux, BSD and MacOSX and
provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more.
Asterisk does voice over IP in many protocols, and can interoperate with almost
all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.
Asterisk Versions <= 1.0.9
Asterisk Beta Versions <= 1.2.0-beta1
Asterisk @ Home Versions <= 1.5
Asterisk @ Home Beta Versions <= 2.0 Beta 4
A vulnerability in the voicemail retrieval system allows an authenticated
user to download any .wav/.WAV file from the system, including other
users voicemail messages.
Low - Insecure web-ui causes breach of privacy
vmail.cgi doesn't clean a parameter passed by the web user which is
later used to open a file and return a raw stream to the user.
This allows any authenticated user of the voicemail system to listen to
other peoples messages, or to open any file with the extension .wav/.WAV
on the system.
This will return /var/spool/asterisk/voicemail/default/201/INBOX/msg0001.wav
when logged in as the 'extension 200' user.
Asterisk has released patches for the vulnerabilities.
Ensure you are running Asterisk versions > 1.0.9 / 1.2.0-beta1
Ensure you are running Asterisk @ Home versions > 1.5 / 2.0 beta 4
Asterisk advisory note
Adam Pointon of Assurance.com.au
17-Oct-2005 - Discovered during a quick audit of the asterisk web ui
18-Oct-2005 - Email sent to support and the primary author
18-Oct-2005 - Immediate response received
31-Oct-2005 - Patched version committed to CVS
07-Nov-2005 - Advisory released
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Our mission is to help organisations identify and secure their information
assets. Our expertise concentrates in security architecture design,
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Supporting this approach are professional and managed services in the
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compliance to legislative, public and internal/private standards. While
primarily specialising in Australian & New Zealand standards efforts
Assurance.com.au also works with other international standards related
to information security
* ISO/IEC 17799:*, AS/NZS 17799:*, BS7799
* ISO 15408 (Common Criteria), ITSEC, TCSEC
* ISO 13569, ISO 11131
* ACSI33, AS2805, AS3806, AS4360, AS4539, AS8018, HB231:2001, NPP4 (privacy)