[RCD] IMAP ID Bug found in Roundcube 1.0.1 in rcube_imap.php

Reindl Harald h.reindl at thelounge.net
Fri Nov 7 12:40:29 CET 2014

Am 07.11.2014 um 12:24 schrieb Reindl Harald:
> Am 07.11.2014 um 12:17 schrieb Cor Bosman:
>> I changed my plugin to use the rcube_utils function,
>> https://github.com/corbosman/ident
>> Reindl has a point though, but that should be changed in that function
>> then
> it can't
> the point of "mod_remoteip" is that you never face the phyiscal IP
> anywhere in the application, not in the logs and not in apache modules
> like mod_security if they are implemented correctly
> if you read the mod_remoteip docs careful you see that this header can
> list more than one address (two proxys between the user and your own
> proxy which adds his physical client ID) and hence it is important which
> is your own trusted one nad god beware you try to handle that inside the
> application and making mistakes if the result is used for authentication
> and permissions
> that's why you *never* should deal with that inside a webapp and keep
> the resposibility by the webserver admin

to make that more clear:

* there are different headers for the proxied IP possible
* hence you configure mod_remoteip to the header *your* trusted
   proxy adds combined with the *phyiscal* ip of *your* proxy

whatever application implements fuzzy logic here is *vulnerable* by 
definition because it don't know about "mod_remoteip" and my see one of 
the other headers which can be randomly injected by the client and get 
completly ignored by "mod_remoteip"

so the only one you face inside the fuzzy logic is by definition 
untrusted user input

practical example:

* my reverse proxy adds X-Forwarded-For
* my backend server makes the transition with mod_remoteip based on that
* frankly X-Forwarded-For *don't exist* fro that moment
   that is no assumption, that's *proven* by phpinfo() 10 seconds ago
* the fuzzy logic looks if one of that *three* headers is present
* X-Forwarded-For is stripped by mod_remoteip
* the application uses HTTP_X_REMOTECLIENT_IP for authnetication
* you made my properly configured proxy + backend server vulnerable

don't do that - *period*

it took me enough energy to convince mod_security upstream that they 
need to adopt it for Apache 2.4 because the previous handling for 
whitelisting IP's and logging was a showstopper for upgrade to Apache 
2.4 and so please don't break the now existing sane environments by 
playing fuzzy logic and *luck* inside web applications

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