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AWStats: Arbitrary code execution using malicious Referrer information


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200508-07 / awstats
Release Date August 16, 2005
Latest Revision May 28, 2009: 02
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
www-misc/awstats < 6.5 >= 6.5 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #102145


AWStats fails to validate certain log input, which could lead to the execution of arbitrary Perl code during the generation of the statistics.

2.  Impact Information


AWStats is an advanced log file analyzer and statistics generator. In HTTP reports it parses Referrer information in order to display the most common Referrer values that caused users to visit the website.


When using a URLPlugin, AWStats fails to sanitize Referrer URL data before using them in a Perl eval() routine.


A remote attacker can include arbitrary Referrer information in a HTTP request to a web server, therefore injecting tainted data in the log files. When AWStats is run on this log file, this can result in the execution of arbitrary Perl code with the rights of the user running AWStats.

3.  Resolution Information


Disable all URLPlugins in the AWStats configuration.


All AWStats users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-misc/awstats-6.5"

Note: Users with the vhosts USE flag set should manually use webapp-config to finalize the update.

4.  References


Page updated August 16, 2005

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