‘AWStats ShowInfoURL Remote Command Execution’


AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically. ‘

Remote exploitation of an input validation vulnerability in AWStats allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands.’


‘The information has been provided by iDEFENSE.
The original article can be found at: http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=290&type=vulnerabilities


Vulnerable Systems:
 * AWStats version 6.3 and prior

Immune Systems:
 * AWStats version 6.4

AWStats is a logfile analysis tool that generates reports for ftp, mail and web traffic. The problem specifically exists because of insufficient input filtering before passing user-supplied data to an eval() function. As part of the statistics reporting function, AWStats displays information about the most common referrer values that caused users to visit the website. The referrer data is used without proper sanitation in an eval() statement, resulting in the execution of arbitrary perl code.

Shown as follows, the $url parameter contains unfiltered user-supplied data that is used in a call to the Perl routine eval() on lines 4841 and 4842 of awstats.pl (version 6.4):

my $function=’ShowInfoURL_$pluginname(‘$url’)’;

The malicious referrer value will be included in the referrer statistics portion of the AWStats report after AWStats has been run to generate a new report including the tainted data. Once a user visits the referrer statistics page, the injected perl code will execute with permissions of the web service.

Successful exploitation results in the execution of arbitrary commands with permissions of the web service. Exploitation will not occur until the stats page has been regenerated with the tainted referrer values from the http access log. Note that AWStats is only vulnerable in situations where at least one URLPlugin is enabled.

Disable all URLPlugins in the AWStats configuration.

CVE Information:

Disclosure Timeline:
05/12/2005 – Initial vendor notification
08/09/2005 – Public disclosure’

Categories: UNIX