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Category:   Device (Embedded Server/Appliance)  >   ContentKeeper Vendors:   ContentKeeper Technologies
ContentKeeper Discloses Passwords to Remote Authenticated Administrators
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016915
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-5018   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 3 2008
Original Entry Date:  Sep 25 2006
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 123.25 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in ContentKeeper. A remote authenticated user can obtain passwords.

The user administration interface contains passwords within the HTML code. A remote authenticated administrator can view the HTML code to obtain passwords for user accounts on the system.

The vendor was notified on June 8, 2006.

Patrick Webster discovered this vulnerability.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote authenticated administrator can view passwords for accounts on the system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

[Editor's note: The report indicates that the vendor was to have released a fix in July 2006, but it is unclear whether a fix was released or not.]

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  ContentKeeper Authenticated Access Password Disclosure - Vulnerability Advisory
Release Date:

 ContentKeeper Technologies - ContentKeeper

 "ContentKeeper is an industry leading Internet content filter that allows
 organisations to monitor, manage, control & secure staff access to
 Internet resources."

Versions affected:
 ContentKeeper 123.25 and below.

Vulnerability discovered:

 A design flaw in the user administration interface reveals account
 passwords inside the HTML source code. Any authenticated user with
 appropriate access to the user administration page may use this
 information to compromise the accounts on other systems.

Vulnerability impact:

 Low - Unauthorised password disclosure may result in other system account
       breaches where the revealed password has been reused.

Vulnerability information

 The appliance is administered by use of a web browser HTML based front
 end. Authenticated users have access to the account administration page,
 whereby they can administer existing usernames, reset passwords, create
 and delete accounts etc. The appliance does not hash the existing user
 passwords. When the page is requested, the plaintext password for each
 account is inserted into the password input value of the FORM element
 and sent to the client.


  This will return all user details. By viewing the page source,
  the password of each account is revealed.

  E.g. for user 'root' with a password of 'it_isAs3cret':

  <input name="username" type="text" value="root">Username:
  <input type="password" name="password" value="it_isAs3cret">Password:
  <input name="username" type="text" value="rootBackup">Username:
  <input type="password" name="password" value="IamF0rgetful">Password:

  It may be possible to extract this information from the browser cache,
  however the HTML content is set to expire immediately.

 None yet, do not reuse passwords. Future versions may hash the value.

References: advisory

 Patrick Webster (

Disclosure timeline:
 15-Mar-2006 - Discovered during quick audit - common design flaw.
 08-Jun-2006 - Sent to ContentKeeper support.
 12-Jun-2006 - Vendor response, update expected July 2006.
 22-Sep-2006 - Public disclosure.



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