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SearchBlox contains multiple vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Note VU#592942

Original Release Date: 2013-08-23 | Last Revised: 2013-08-23


SearchBlox contains multiple vulnerabilities that can allow an unauthenticated attacker to overwrite critical data on the filesystem, read cleartext user credentials, or execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


SearchBlox versions 7.4 Build 1 and older contain multiple vulnerabilities that allow an unauthenticated attacker to compromise the integrity of the system and the confidentiality of its data. Specifically:

CWE-77: Command Injection - CVE-2013-3590
Active content, such as JSP pages, can be uploaded to http://HOSTNAME:8080/searchblox/admin/uploadImage.html. This can be done by submitting the content using the form and using a client proxy to ensure that the "Content-Type" for the uploaded file is "image/jpeg". The attacker can then visit the uploaded content and enable its execution.

CWE-200: Information Exposure - CVE-2013-3597
Usernames and passwords can be read from the database by visiting http://HOSTNAME:8080/searchblox/servlet/CollectionListServlet?action=getList&orderBy=colName&direction=asc

CWE-73: External Control of File Name or Path - CVE-2013-3598
Filesystem data can be remotely overwritten by sending an HTTP POST request to /searchblox/servlet/CreateTemplateServlet and modifying the "name" parameter to point to an arbitrary system file, such as "../../../../../etc/shadow".

The CVSS scores reflect the command injection attack.


An unauthenticated remote attacker could compromise the confidentiality of the system's data, perform arbitrary code execution, overwrite data on the filesystem with the application's privileges, and compromise the availability of the system.


Apply an Update

These issues are addressed in version 7.5 build 1 or later.

Vendor Information


SearchBlox Affected

Notified:  June 26, 2013 Updated: August 07, 2013



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 9.7 AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:P/A:C
Temporal 8 E:F/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental 2.1 CDP:LM/TD:L/CR:M/IR:M/AR:M



Thanks to Ricky Roane Jr. for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Todd Lewellen.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2013-3590, CVE-2013-3597, CVE-2013-3598
Date Public: 2013-08-12
Date First Published: 2013-08-23
Date Last Updated: 2013-08-23 14:18 UTC
Document Revision: 19

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