Public Vulnerability Reports

Apache MyFaces Tomahawk JSF Framework Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability

06.14.07

BACKGROUND

Java Server Faces, JSF, is a framework used to create server side GUI Web applications. It is comparable to the Java Struts framework. Apache MyFaces Tomahawk is an open source implementation of JSF. The Tomahawk version contains Apache extensions to the base specification. More information is available at the following URL.

http://myfaces.apache.org/

DESCRIPTION

Remote exploitation of an input validation vulnerability in Apache Software Foundation's MyFaces Tomahawk JSF framework could allow an attacker to perform a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack.

The code responsible for parsing HTTP requests is vulnerable to an XSS vulnerability. When parsing the 'autoscroll' parameter from a POST or GET request, the value of this variable is directly inserted into JavaScript that is sent back to the client. This allows an attacker to run arbitrary JavaScript in the context of the affected domain of the MyFaces application being targeted.

ANALYSIS

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to conduct an XSS attack on a user. This could allow an attacker to steal cookies, inject content into pages, or submit requests using the user's credentials.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must use social engineering techniques to persuade the user to click a link to a Web application that uses MyFaces Tomahawk. In the following example, the [javascript] portion of the request would be present unfiltered in the returned content.

 http://www.vulnerable.tld/some_app.jsf?autoscroll=[javascript] 

DETECTION

iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in MyFaces Tomahawk version 1.1.5. Previous versions may also be affected.

WORKAROUND

iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.

VENDOR RESPONSE

The Apache Software Foundation MyFaces team has addressed this vulnerability by releasing version 1.1.6 of MyFaces Tomahawk. More information can be found at the following URL.

http://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?version=12312536&styleName=Text&projectId=12310272

CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2007-3101 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.

DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

06/05/2007 Initial vendor notification
06/05/2007 Initial vendor response
06/14/2007 Coordinated public disclosure

CREDIT

This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Rajat Swarup of VeriSign Global Security Consulting.

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