AVAST Internet Security Suite - Persistent Vulnerabilities
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Vendor Homepage: http://www.avast.com/
Product website: http://www.avast.com/internet-security
The Vulnerability Labs Team has discovered a persistent code injection & local command path injection vulnerability
the AVAST Internet Security Suite.
2013-06-09: Researcher Notification & Coordination (Ateeq Khan)
2013-06-11: Vendor Notification (AVAST - Security Incident Team)
2013-06-15: Vendor Response/Feedback (AVAST - Security Incident Team)
2013-**-**: Vendor Fix/Patch (AVAST - Developer Team)
2013-06-27: Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)
Product: Internet Security Suite Software 8.0.1489
It has been discovered that the avast Internet Security Suite is vulnerable to persistent code injection and local
command path injection vulnerability.
During the testing, I was able to successfully read/load and execute any file/application from local system having the
local admin privileges.
Initially the bug was an HTML code injection flaw only however, with more deep analysis, it was revealed that the
this vulnerability is far more differnet. A simple tag bypasses the AVAST Sandbox and drops a locall CMD
system where AVAST is installed. You can technically access any file / application, execute it. It seems like We can
control explorer.exe and
through that we are even able to browse local folders and access any file, we can even browse
The bug exists in the Firewall Module under the Network Utilities Section. Since proper input sanatization is not being
a user can insert any HTML code which then gets executed successfully. For a POC i used the and tags to
and execute files from my local system. I believe there may be possibilities of multiple attack vectors keeping in mind
of this vulnerability. During the POC, I was able to successfully bypass the AVAST sandbox and I was able to run local
commands using the AVAST Interface.
Proper user input sanatization of the source code should be performed because these sort of basic security controls
always be intact to meet all regulatory and compliance standards.
[+] Avast Internet Security Suite Installer - Latest Release
[+] Network Utilities
[+] IP Address Details
[+] Graphical Traceroute
Proof of Concept:
Proof of Concept #1
For reproducing the bug, please follow the below mentioned steps:
a) Open the avast internet security suite, goto Firewall and Click on Network Utilities
b) Enter the following payload under the IP ADDRESS DETAILS