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Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:18:03 +1000
From: Glenn Grant <>
Subject: [DAHAX-2013-001] Cloudflare XSS Vulnerability

Details below of an XSS vulnerability I discovered in Cloudflare (markdown

- Glenn | /dev/alias


**Reference Number:** DAHAX-2013-001 (/dev/alias/hacks 2013-001)

**Notification Timeline:**

* 10/07/2013, Request# 38713 (
* 10/07/2013, Vendor looking into issue
* 16/07/2013, Updated vendor with new details (Length: 101 instead of 72)
* 16/07/2013, Vendor requested that I test again
* [No further response from vendor]
* 01/08/2013, Tested again, vulnerability fixed

**Details Published:** 14/08/2013 (

## What?

* Reflected XSS (cross site scripting) attack

## Where's Affected?

* Theoretically it seems that any page that uses cloudflare will be
  - Eg:

## How?

* **To bring up the vulnerable page**
  - Set your X-Forwarded-For header to <del>72+</del> 101+ characters
    - <del>Eg: X-Forwarded-For:
    - Eg: <pre>X-Forwarded-For:
  - Load a site using cloudflare
  - You should end up on "DNS Points to Prohibited IP" page

* **To trigger the XSS**
  - Set your User-Agent string to the XSS attack
    - Eg: <pre>User-Agent: USER-AGENT being tested for
XSS..<script>alert('Vulnerable to XSS via USER-AGENT header [Found by]')</script></pre>

* **The whole attack**
  - Ensure your X-Forwarded-For and User-Agent headers are configured as
  - Navigate to a page using cloudflare
  - ???
  - Profit!

## Who?

* Discovered by [Glenn '/dev/alias' Grant]( (

## Responsible Disclosure Notice

* Following in the footsteps of Google's vulnerability disclosure timeline,
unless otherwise agreed to beforehand, I reserve the right to publicly
announce the details of any discovered vulnerabilities 7 days post
  * **Google's Rationale:** "Seven days is an aggressive timeline and may
be too short for some vendors to update their products, but it should be
enough time to publish advice about possible mitigations, such as
temporarily disabling a service, restricting access, or contacting the
vendor for more information. As a result, after 7 days have elapsed without
a patch or advisory, we will support researchers making details available
so that users can take steps to protect themselves. By holding ourselves to
the same standard, we hope to improve both the state of web security and
the coordination of vulnerability management." - [Google](

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