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Re: Multiple Vulnerabilities In P-Synch Password Management

From: Idan Shoham (idanpsynch.com)
Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 11:03:36 CDT

In-Reply-To: <20030529052621.31678.qmailwww.securityfocus.com>

The following can be taken as an official response from the vendor:
M-Tech Information Technology, Inc. (http://mtechIT.com/) to this

1) The actual risk of these issues to production deployments of
   P-Synch is nil, as users do not normally, or in our experience ever,
   access P-Synch by clicking a URL on a third-party web server.

   Cross-site scripting attacks only affect the web browser of
   users who click a maliciously-constructed URL to a valid
   application URL, and this mode of attacking user browsers is
   simply not relevant to a normal P-Synch deployment.

   Users access P-Synch in one of several ways, none of which
   expose their browser to cross-site scripting attacks:

   a) By typing a well known URL, such as "password" in their browser,
      and relying on the DNS infrastructure of their organization
      (e.g., password --> password.acme.com --> P-Synch server).

   b) By triggering transparent password synchronization with a native
      password change on some system (and where no browser is involved).

   c) Using an IVR system and telephone (again, no browser).

   d) By clicking on a link to P-Synch on their corporate Intranet,
      which is highly unlikely to be compromised by a mangled URL.

2) A fix for both issues has been available to M-Tech customers
   for some time. Despite extremely low risk, M-Tech was already
   aware, in particular of the path disclosure issue, and had already
   resolved it.

3) Path disclosure is trivial in this case. The fact that P-Synch
   was installed on "C:\Program Files\P-Synch" is hardly sensitive
   and security through obscurity is obviously a falsehood. The
   P-Synch application is hardened, and knowledge on the part of
   an intruder that the software is installed in a given directory,
   on a machine that should in normal deployments have no filesystem
   shares or other remote access mechanisms, is meaningless.

4) The contents of the filesystem of the P-Synch server are not
   affected. For example, issuing a URL such as:


   will simply cause a web browser that follows this link to get
   an HTML page that includes the text:

   <style type="text/css" media="all">
   import "c:\test.dat";

The original poster never made an effort to notify M-Tech of the
"discovered vulnerability," and does not have a legitimate copy of P-Synch
(presumably because he refused to sign a license agreement which many
customers and prospects sign daily to get a free evaluation copy of the
software). As there are extremely few P-Synch deployments facing the
Internet, it is very unlikely that the poster "came across" P-Synch by

Customers and prospects are encouraged to contact M-Tech for
more detailed information about this issue, and to download
patches if they feel the vulnerability is worth addressing.

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>From: JeiAr <jeiarkmfms.com>
>To: bugtraqsecurityfocus.com
>Subject: Multiple Vulnerabilities In P-Synch Password Management
>Multiple Vulnerabilities In P-Synch Password Management
>The other night I came across a server running P-Synch.
>I had never heard of it so i was curious to poke around
>on it a bit. Within an hour i found the vulns listed below.
>Im pretty sure there are other more serious vulns in
>P-Synch, but they are very picky about who they give thier
>software to, even an evaluation version. So was not able
>to test any further. However i encourage any admins running
>P-Synch to poke around on it, just to be on the safe side.
>P-Synch Total Password Management Solution
>by M-TECH
>P-Synch is a total password management solution. It is
>intended to reduce the cost of ownership of password systems,
>and simultaneously improve the security of password protected
>systems. This is done through: -Password Synchronization.
>-Enforcing an enterprise wide password strength policy.
>-Allowing authenticated users to reset their own forgotten
>passwords and enable their locked out accounts. -Streamlining
>help desk call resolution for password resets. P-Synch is
>available for both internal use, on the corporate Intranet,
>as well as for the Internet deployment in B2B and B2C
>All of these problems are simple, self explanatory vulns
>so, i'm sure the below examples will speak for themselves.
>Once again this application was NOT thoroughly researced.
>So anyone with a copy of P-Synch might wanna explore it
>Path Disclosure Vulnerability
>Code Injection Vulnerability
>https://path/to/psynch/nph-psf.exe?css=">[VBScript, JScript etc]
>https://path/to/psynch/nph-psa.exe?css=">[VBScript, JScript etc]
>File Include Vulnerability
>All credits go to JeiAr of GulfTech Computers and CSA
>Security Research http://www.gulftech.org