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Category:   Device (Firewall)  >   Cisco ASA Vendors:   Cisco
Cisco ASA URL Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Conduct HTTP Response Splitting Attacks
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1024155
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-7257   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 26 2010
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 8.1(1) and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Cisco ASA. A remote user can conduct HTTP response splitting attacks.

The HTTP web interface of the ASA does not properly validate user-supplied input. A remote user can submit a specially crafted URL to cause the target server to return a split response. A remote user can exploit this to spoof content on the target ASA appliance, attempt to poison any intermediate web caches, or conduct cross-site scripting attacks.

A demonstration exploit URL is provided:


Cisco has assigned Cisco Bug ID CSCsr09163 to this vulnerability.

The original advisory is available at:

Daniel King of SecureWorks reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a URL that, when loaded by the target user, will cause arbitrary content to be displayed.

A remote user may be able to poison any intermediate web caches with arbitrary content.

Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (8.1(2)).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [SWRX-2010-001] Cisco ASA HTTP Response Splitting Vulnerability

SecureWorks Security Advisory SWRX-2010-001
Cisco ASA HTTP Response Splitting Vulnerability 

Advisory Information
Title: Cisco ASA HTTP Response Splitting Vulnerability 
Advisory ID: SWRX-2010-001
Advisory URL:
Date published: Thursday, June 24, 2010
CVE: CVE-2008-7257
CVSS v2 Base Score: 5 (Medium) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)
Date of last update: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Vendors contacted: Cisco Systems, Inc.
Release mode: Coordinated release
Discovered by: Daniel King, SecureWorks

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is vulnerable to HTTP response splitting caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim’s web browser within the security context of the Adaptive Security Appliance site.

Affected Products
Cisco ASA version 8.1(1) and earlier.

Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds
Cisco has released a fix to address this security flaw. Upgrade to ASA software version 8.1(2) to remediate this issue.

Release Notes are available at:

The following “Resolved Caveat” is listed in the Release Notes:
CSCsr09163 webvpn - +webvpn+/index.html http response splitting problem.

When a user connects to the web interface of the ASA via HTTP, they are automatically redirected to the SSL encrypted version. The web server issues a 301 Moved Permanently status code to the connecting client to facilitate this redirection. If the client appends the carriage return (%0d) and line feed (%0a) characters to the URL, the web server will parse these and allow the client to inject arbitrary HTTP response headers. Using this method, it is possible to inject a second Location header to the client. The client web browser will act on only the last Location header it encounters and redirect there.

SecureWorks Risk Scoring
Likelihood (scale of 1-5, with 5 being high): 5 – This device is designed to be on the perimeter of a network to allow remote access.

Impact (scale of 1-5, with 5 being high): 4 – Leveraging this attack could lead to stolen credentials and access to the VPN.

CVSS Severity (version 2.0)
Access Vector: Network exploitable 
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Confidentiality Impact: None
Integrity Impact: Partial
Availability Impact: None
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 10
CVSS v2 Base Score: 5 (Medium) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

Proof of Concept


GET http://x.x.x.x/%0d%0aLocation%3a%20http%3a%2f%2fwww%2egoogle%2ecom HTTP/1.0
Host: x.x.x.x
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7

HTTP/1.0 301 Moved Permanently
Server: Web Server
Location: https://x.x.x.x/
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 125

<HEAD><TITLE>Moved</TITLE></HEAD><BODY><A HREF="https://x.x.x.x/

Revision History
1.0	Thursday, June 24, 2010 – Initial advisory release

PGP Keys
This advisory has been signed with the PGP key of the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit(SM), which is available for download at

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