Vulnerability Note VU#663763

Apache mod_proxy_ftp XSS vulnerability

Original Release date: 08 Aug 2008 | Last revised: 08 Aug 2008


The Apache web server mod_proxy_ftp module contains a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability.


The Apache mod_proxy_ftp module allows the Apache web server to act as a proxy for FTP sites. Filename globbing is the process of using wildcards to match filenames. The mod_proxy_ftp module contains an XSS vulnerability that occurs because the module does not properly filter globbed characters in FTP URIs.


A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary Javascript in the context of a site being proxied by the Apache server.



Apache has released updates to address this issue. These updates are available on the Apache SVN server:

Note that vendors who distribute Apache may not have immediately have a version or update that contains these fixes.


  • Mozilla Firefox users can use the NoScript extension to keep Javascript from running in untrusted domains.
  • Application firewalls and IPS systems may be able to block certain types of XSS attacks at the network perimeter.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apache HTTP Server ProjectAffected-08 Aug 2008
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Thanks to Rapid7 and Apache for information that was used in this report.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-2939
  • Date Public: 06 Aug 2008
  • Date First Published: 08 Aug 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Aug 2008
  • Severity Metric: 2.70
  • Document Revision: 16


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