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Google Mini and Google Search Appliance vulnerable to cross-site scripting

Vulnerability Note VU#989144

Original Release Date: 2006-12-05 | Last Revised: 2006-12-15

Overview

Google Mini and Google Search Appliance fail to properly handle UTF-7 encoded URIs. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to read or modify data in web pages.

Description

Google Mini and Google Search Appliance fail to properly handle UTF-7 encoded URIs, possibly allowing a remote attacker to inject arbitrary content, including script.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to read or modify data in web pages and web page related resources, such as cookies.

Solution

Apply a Workaround

Google has provided workarounds for their customers.

Disable scripting

Disable scripting in your web browser, as specified in the Securing Your Web Browser document and the Malicious Web Scripts FAQ.

Do not follow unsolicited links

In order to convince users to visit their sites, attackers often use URL encoding, IP address variations, long URLs, intentional misspellings, and other techniques to create misleading links. Do not click on unsolicited links received in email, instant messages, web forums, or internet relay chat (IRC) channels. Type URLs directly into the browser to avoid these misleading links. While these are generally good security practices, following these behaviors will not prevent exploitation of this vulnerability in all cases, particularly if a trusted site has been compromised or allows cross-site scripting.

Vendor Information

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Google

Notified:  November 28, 2006 Updated:  December 05, 2006

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Google has provided workarounds for their customers.


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported by Maluc to RSnake at ha.ckers.org and to John Herron at NIST.org

This document was written by Jeff Gennari, Ryan Giobbi, and Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-6223
Severity Metric: 11.60
Date Public: 2006-11-17
Date First Published: 2006-12-05
Date Last Updated: 2006-12-15 18:13 UTC
Document Revision: 27

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