Mitel 3300 ICP PBX Web Interface Session Limits Let Remote Authenticated Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1013322|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1013322
(Links to External Site)
Date: Feb 28 2005
Denial of service via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): Mitel 3300 ICP (prior to 5.2)|
A vulnerability was reported in the Mitel 3300 ICP PBX in the web interface. A remote user can deny service.|
The web interface allows only 50 active session IDs at one time. A remote authenticated user can establish 50 sessions to consume all available web sessions. This can be achieved by submitting a POST request with the proper hiddenUid and hiddenPwd values to the 'esm_validate.asp' script.
The vendor was notified on August 27, 2004.
Stephen de Vries of Corsaire reported this vulnerability.
A remote authenticated user can consume all available sessions, preventing any other web interface sessions from being established.|
The vendor has released a fixed version (5.2).|
Vendor URL: www.mitel.com/DocController?documentId=9555&c=9511&sc=9514 (Links to External Site)
Resource error, State error|
Source Message Contents
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 13:44:29 -0500|
-- Corsaire Security Advisory --
Title: Mitel 3300 ICP web interface DoS issue
Application: Mitel Web Management Interface
Environment: Mitel 3300 ICP (prior to 5.2)
Author: Stephen de Vries [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Audience: General distribution
-- Scope --
The aim of this document is to define a vulnerability in the 3300
Integrated Communication Platform as supplied by Mitel , that allows
an authenticated user to deny access to other users of the web
-- History --
Discovered: 17.08.04 (Stephen de Vries)
Vendor notified: 27.08.04
Document released: 28.02.05
-- Overview --
The 3300 ICP  provides enterprise IP-PBX capabilities and makes use
of a Web Interface to manage the device. In order to maintain a user
session, the Web Interface generates a unique session ID for each user
after they have successfully authenticated. Once the client has
authenticated, this session ID is used as a shared secret to
authenticate the client to the server for all subsequent requests.
The Web Interface has an upper limit of 50 active session IDs. A
malicious user could authenticate 50 times and thereby deny access to
the Web Interface for other users. The scope of this attack is limited
to users with access to valid authentication credentials, or who exploit
another vulnerability to gain access to a valid session.
-- Analysis --
Session IDs are generated after authentication and valid sessions are
disposed of when the user logs out, or when the browser window is
closed. Authentication can be performed by an HTTP POST request to the
URL: http://<Controller_IP>/esm_validate.asp and using the variables:
hiddenUid and hiddenPwd for the username and password respectively. By
authenticating 50 times without logging out, the available session IDs
are exhausted and subsequent authentication requests are denied. This
prevents legitimate users from accessing the web interface. Sessions
remained active for more than 1 hour, this means that the denial of
service condition lasts for at least 1 hour without having to re-launch
-- Recommendations --
The vendor has released a revised version of the software that does not
exhibit this issue. This has not been independently verified by
-- CVE --
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2004-0945 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardises names for
-- References --
-- Revision --
a. Initial release.
b. Minor revision.
c. Revised affected product version.
-- Distribution --
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remains unaltered and in its original form.
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