Initial Publication Date: Advisory Status: Advisory Severity: Legacy ID
13 Jan 2004 Closed Medium
A vulnerability has been discovered in Symantec Web Security. Symantec Web Security fails to check and parse HTML tags in URLs included in error or block page messages displayed to the client, in the event of a blocked page.
Malicious scripts hidden in URLs can be executed.
Symantec Web Security 2.5, 3.0.0, and 3.0.1
An attacker can potentially include malicious scripts in the URL, which the client executes in the context of the site specified in the URL, in the event that the page is blocked.
Symantec verified that this vulnerability exists in the currently supported versions of Symantec Web Security 3.0.1. This issue is fixed in the latest release of Symantec Web Security 3.0.1, build 62.
The Symantec Web Security default block pages can be modified to not return the offending URL to the client.
Symantec takes the security and proper functionality of its products seriously. Symantec appreciates the efforts of Oliver.Karow and Brian Soby of Raytheon who independently discovered this vulnerability. Their assistance in the resolution of this vulnerability was indispensable
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