Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : awstats vulnerability (USN-686-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 36652


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Morgan Todd discovered that AWStats did not correctly strip quotes from certain parameters, allowing for an XSS attack when running as a CGI. If a user was tricked by a remote attacker into following a specially crafted URL, the user's authentication information could be exposed for the domain where AWStats was hosted.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected awstats package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36652

File Name: ubuntu_USN-686-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:awstats, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/12/03

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3714, CVE-2008-5080

BID: 30730

USN: 686-1

CWE: 79