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Category:   Application (E-mail Server)  >   NeoMail Vendors:   NeoCode Solutions
NeoMail Input Validation Flaw in 'date' Parameter Permits Cross-Site Scripting Attacks
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015581
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 3 2006
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information
Exploit Included:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in NeoMail. A remote user can conduct cross-site scripting attacks.

The '' script does not properly filter HTML code from user-supplied input in the 'date' parameter before displaying the input. A remote user can create a specially crafted URL that, when loaded by a target user, will cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the target user's browser. The code will originate from the site running the NeoMail 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.

A demonstration exploit URL is provided:


Simo Ben youssef aka _6mO_HaCk reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site running the NeoMail 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:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] Neomail Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability

Title: Neomail Cross Site Scripting

Author: Simo Ben youssef aka _6mO_HaCk <simo_at_morx_org>
Discovered: 24 january 2005
Published: 02 february 2006
MorX Security Research Team

Service: Webmail Perl Client

Vendor: neomail /

Vulnerability: Cross Site Scripting / Cookie-Theft / Relogin attacks

Severity: Medium/High


NeoMail is a free open-source perl web-based e-mail client that can be
installed on any UNIX mail server that is also running a web server. With
thousands of installations worldwide, neomail has many features like
Sending/receiving messages with multiple attachments, inline image
attachment display Friendly, attractive, icon-based user interface,
multiple language support, including English, Spanish, German, French,
Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Romanian,
Russian, Slovak, and more can be added easily ... configurable limits on
outgoing attachment size, folder disk usage, addressbook size... users can
import their address book from Outlook Express or Netscape Mail in CSV
format and more. is prone to cross-site scripting attacks. This
problem is due to a failure in the script to properly sanitize
user-supplied input. input can be passed in variable $date


an attacker can exploit the vulnerable scripts to have arbitrary script
code executed in the browser of an authentified
neomail user in the context of the vulnerable website. resulting in the
theft of cookie-based authentication giving the
attacker full access to the victim's neomail email account as well as
other type of attacks.

Affected script with proof of concept exploit:




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