Multiple vulnerabilities in Sybase EAServer

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20130719-0 >


title: Multiple vulnerabilities

product: Sybase EAServer

vulnerable version: <=6.3.1

fixed version: vendor did not supply version information

CVE number: -

impact: critical


found: 10/2012

by: Gerhard Wagner, Bernhard Mueller

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab



Vendor description:


Sybase EAServer fully supports all the Web services standards and enables

enterprises to rapidly expose business functions as Web services. EAServer also

provides a graphical interface to automate the publication and management of

your company’s Web services. Today, EAServer supports EJB and Java/CORBA

components, CICS integrator, and database stored procedures. These stored

procedures can be from all Sybase’s databases including ASE, SQL Anywhere,

and IQ; in addition, they will support IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft. EAServer can

also support iAnywhere messaging services, enabling the developer to expose

these components as Web services.



Business recommendation:


The default applications that are deployed by default during the installation

of Sybase EAServer should be removed. Further, it is recommended to test the

patches provided by Sybase.



Vulnerability overview/description:


1) Directory traversal

In order to use a common web server such as IIS as a fronted and forward only

certain requests to the Sybase EAServer it is a common practice to install and

configure the EAServer redirector plug-in. An incoming request will be received

by the web server, validated if it matches any context configured within the

redirector plug-in and if so forwarded to the appropriate application context.

So a request such as the following will be forwarded by the redirector plug-in

in case the configuration contains such an application.


https:// -> https:// myEAServer/myapp


If the request contains a path like "/\.." the redirector plug-in is not

normalising the path as a part of the "myapp" application. Therefore, the

request will be passed on to the Sybase EAServer where backslash as well as

forward slash are valid directory separators and therefore using such a method

it is possible to access all deployed applications.





2) XML entity injection

Due to insufficient input validation it is possible to pass external entity

definitions to the server-side XML processor for REST requests with an XML

media type. By calling the built-in function testDataTypes() an attacker can

list directories and display arbitrary files on the affected system, as long as

the files don't conflict with the UTF-8 encoding.



3) OS command execution

The WSH service allows to run OS commands and it can only be accessed providing

administrative credentials. Using the XXE vulnerability mentioned before it is

potentially possible to retrieve the credentials from configuration files and

run OS commands using the WSH service.




Proof of concept:


1) Directory traversal

The following request allows to access the Sybase EAServer management





Also the other applications that come by default with Sybase EAServer can be

accessed using their respective context for example:



2) XML entity injection

The following XML message displays the contents of the drive C: on a Windows



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?><!DOCTYPE foo [  
   <!ELEMENT foo ANY >
   <!ENTITY xxe SYSTEM "file:///C:\">]>


3) OS command execution

Due to the potential impact the proof-of-concept has been removed.



Vulnerable / tested versions:


The issues have been tested in Sybase EAServer 6.3.1 on Windows.



Vendor contact timeline:


2013-03-11: Contact the vendor and provide vulnerability information

2013-06-11: Vendor fixes the issues

2013-06-28: Agreement on disclosure date 2013-07-19

2013-07-19: Public disclosure





According to the vendor customers can download the latest patches from The patches have not been tested by

SEC Consult.



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EOF G. Wagner / @2013