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Akamai Red Swoosh Client version 3322.
NOTE: Other versions may also be affected.
Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where: From remote
"Red Swoosh is distributed networking software which greatly enhances the downloads and video streams you get from websites that support Red Swoosh technology. The Red Swoosh client handles the caching, reflecting and sharing of files delivered to you through the Swoosh network.".
Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in the Red Swoosh client which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site request forgery attacks and compromise a user's system.
The Red Swoosh client implements a web server listening on port 9421/TCP on the loopback interface for management commands. Authorisation is restricted based on the HTTP "referer" header. Requests with a "referer" header containing one of a number of domains or no "referer" are fully authorised. By manipulating the HTTP "referer", a malicious web page can cause files from arbitrary URLs to be downloaded and executed.
The Red Swoosh client can be installed manually by visiting the Akamai website. However, more interestingly, it can also be silently installed by the Akamai Download Manager if a download requests Red Swoosh should be used. Once installed, the service or application will run on startup.
The malicious file to be downloaded and executed can potentially be served by the Red Swoosh network alleviating any bandwidth issues on the web server.
Update to version 3333.
Discovered by Dyon Balding, Secunia Research.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned CVE-2008-1106 for the vulnerability.
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