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Secunia Research: Akamai Red Swoosh Cross-Site Request Forgery

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                     Secunia Research 06/06/2008

   - Akamai Red Swoosh Cross-Site Request Forgery Vulnerabilities -

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Vendor's Description of Software.....................................3
Description of Vulnerability.........................................4
Solution.............................................................5
Time Table...........................................................6
Credits..............................................................7
References...........................................................8
About Secunia........................................................9
Verification........................................................10

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1) Affected Software 

Akamai Red Swoosh Client version 3322.

NOTE: Other versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where:  From remote

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3) Vendor's Description of Software 

"Red Swoosh is distributed networking software which greatly enhances
the downloads and video streams you get from websites that support
Red Swoosh technology. The Red Swoosh client handles the caching,
reflecting and sharing of files delivered to you through the Swoosh
network.".

Product Link:
http://www.akamai.com/html/redswoosh/overview.html

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4) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in the Red Swoosh
client which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct
cross-site request forgery attacks and compromise a user's system.

The Red Swoosh client implements a web server listening on port
9421/TCP on the loopback interface for management commands.
Authorisation is restricted based on the HTTP "referer" header.
Requests with a "referer" header containing one of a number of
domains or no "referer" are fully authorised. By manipulating
the HTTP "referer", a malicious web page can cause files from
arbitrary URLs to be downloaded and executed.

The Red Swoosh client can be installed manually by visiting the
Akamai website. However, more interestingly, it can also be silently
installed by the Akamai Download Manager if a download requests Red
Swoosh should be used. Once installed, the service or application
will run on startup.

The malicious file to be downloaded and executed can potentially be
served by the Red Swoosh network alleviating any bandwidth issues on
the web server.

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5) Solution 

Update to version 3333.

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6) Time Table 

13/05/2008 - Vendor notified.
13/05/2008 - Vendor response.
06/06/2008 - Public disclosure.

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7) Credits 

Discovered by Dyon Balding, Secunia Research.

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8) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned 
CVE-2008-1106 for the vulnerability.

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10) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2008-19/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
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