Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 175602
CVE-2005-3352 cross-site scripting flaw in mod_imap
Last modified: 2008-01-28 11:25:15 EST
A flaw in the imagemap processing module, mod_imap, in versions of Apache httpd
1.3, 2.0 and 2.2 can in some circumstances cause the referer header to be output
without being escaped in HTML. This could allow an attacker who is able to
influence the referer header the ability to do cross-site scripting attacks
against sites using mod_imap in a vulnerable configuration.
This flaw only affects sites using mod_imap with a map file that contains the
In order to exploit this flaw the attacker would need to control the referer
header and therefore would need to entice a victim to visit a URL under the
A sucessful cross-site scripting attack using this flaw would be limited to
certain browsers. Firefox and Mozilla browsers for example already escape
suspect characters in a URL which blocks this from being exploited.
The attached patch ensures that the referer header in mod_imap is escaped and
therefore cannot be used as part of a cross-site scripting attack.
Where this patch cannot be used, a temporary solution is to remove the "referer"
directive from any map files.
I was able to verify this by constructing a victim site with a vulnerable
mod_imap configuration and by constructing a set of scripts on the attacker
site. When the attackers site was visited using the Internet Explorer browser
it was able to steal the users private cookies from the victim site.
Patches available at the above URL
Affects RHEL4, RHEL3, RHEL2.1
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.