USN-686-1: AWStats vulnerability

4 December 2008

awstats vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • awstats


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.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 8.10
awstats - 6.7.dfsg-5ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
awstats - 6.7.dfsg-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 7.10
awstats - 6.6+dfsg-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
awstats - 6.5-1ubuntu1.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.