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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Tenable Nessus Vendors:   Deraison, Renaud et al, Tenable Network Security
Tenable Nessus Input Validation Flaw Lets Remote Users Conduct Cross-Site Scripting Attacks
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1037558
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1037558
CVE Reference:   CVE-2017-5179   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 7 2017
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  
Version(s): 6.8.0, 6.8.1, 6.9.0, 6.9.2, 6.9.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Tenable Nessus. A remote user can conduct cross-site scripting attacks.

The software does not properly filter HTML code from user-supplied input before displaying the input. A remote user can cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the target user's browser. The code will originate from the site running the Tenable Nessus software and will run in the security context of that site. As a result, the code will be able to access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site, access data recently submitted by the target user via web form to the site, or take actions on the site acting as the target user.

Asif Balasinor reported an issue that led to discovery of this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site running the Tenable Nessus software, access data recently submitted by the target user via web form to the site, or take actions on the site acting as the target user.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (6.9.3).

The vendor advisory is available at:

https://www.tenable.com/security/tns-2017-01

Vendor URL:  www.tenable.com/security/tns-2017-01 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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