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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec
Messaging Gateway Management Console Reflected XSS
24 April 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Messaging Gateway
Operating System: Network Appliance
VMware ESX Server
Impact/Access: Cross-site Scripting -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2014-1648
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Messaging Gateway
Management Console Reflected XSS
April 22, 2014
CVSS2 Base Score Impact Exploitability CVSS2 Vector
Messaging Gateway Management Interface Reflective XSS - Medium
5.8 4.9 8.6 AV:N/AC:M/AU:N/C:P/I:P/A:N
Symantecs Messaging Gateway management console is susceptible to a reflected
cross-site scripting (XSS) issue found in one of the administrative interface
pages. Successful exploitation could result in potential session hijacking or
unauthorized actions directed against the console with the privileges of the
targeted users browser.
Product Version Solution
Symantec Messaging Gateway 10.x - 10.5.1 Symantec Messaging Gateway 10.5.2
Symantec was notified of a reflected XSS issue impacting Symantecs Messaging
Gateway 10.x management console.
A reflected XSS issue exists in one of the interface pages used to manage the
gateway as a result of insufficient validation/sanitation of user input.
Successful targeting of this weakness could allow an unauthorized individual
to steal the browser cookies or hijack the browser session being used to
manage the console. This could potentially allow the unauthorized individual
authorized user-level access to the management console. The management console
normally allows access to only specified users/administrators with varying
levels of access depending on their requirements.
In a typical installation the Symantec Messaging Gateway management interface
should not be accessible external to the network environment and access should
be restricted to specified users/administrators. Web browsers used by
authorized users to manage Symantec Messaging Gateway should never be used for
casual browsing of external web sites during an administrative session. These
restrictions would greatly reduce exposure to external attempts against this
type of issue.
A malicious but authorized non-privileged network user or an external attacker
would need to successfully entice an authorized management console user to
visit a malicious web site or click on a malicious HTML link in an email in
any attempts to take advantage of this issue.
Symantec engineers verified this issue in Symantec Messaging Gateway 10.x.
Symantec strongly recommends Symantec Messaging Gateway customers update to
the latest release of Symantec Messaging Gateway, 10.5.2. Symantec knows of no
exploitation of or adverse customer impact from this issue.
Symantec Messaging Gateway 10.5.2 is currently available through customers
normal update channels.
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:
* Restrict access to administration or management systems to
* Disable remote access if not required or restrict it to
trusted/authorized systems only.
* Where possible, limit exposure of application and web interfaces to
trusted/internal networks only.
* Keep all operating systems and applications updated with the latest
* Follow a multi-layered approach to security. Run both firewall and
anti-malware applications, at a minimum, to provide multiple points of
detection and protection to both inbound and outbound threats.
* Deploy network and host-based intrusion detection systems to monitor
network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This may aid in
detection of attacks or malicious activity related to exploitation of latent
Symantec credits William Costa, email@example.com, for reporting this
issue to us and coordinating with us as we resolved it.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID
(BID) to this issue for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability
CVE: This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
CVE BID Description
CVE-2014-1648 BID 66966 Messaging Gateway Management Interface Reflective XSS
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