发布时间 :2004-10-20 00:00:00
修订时间 :2016-10-17 22:40:13

[原文]Multiple content security gateway and antivirus products allow remote attackers to bypass content restrictions via MIME messages that use non-standard separator characters, or use standard separators incorrectly, within MIME headers, fields, parameters, or values, which may be interpreted differently by mail clients.



- CVSS (基础分值)

CVSS分值: 7.5 [严重(HIGH)]
机密性影响: [--]
完整性影响: [--]
可用性影响: [--]
攻击复杂度: [--]
攻击向量: [--]
身份认证: [--]

- CPE (受影响的平台与产品)


- OVAL (用于检测的技术细节)


- 官方数据库链接
(官方数据源) MITRE
(官方数据源) NVD
(官方数据源) CNNVD

- 其它链接及资源
(UNKNOWN)  BUGTRAQ  20040914 Corsaire Security Advisory - Multiple vendor MIME separator issue
(UNKNOWN)  XF  mime-separator-filtering-bypass(17334)

- 漏洞信息

高危 其他
2004-10-20 00:00:00 2006-08-22 00:00:00

- 公告与补丁

        plDaniels have released ripMime to address this issue.
        F-Secure will be releasing Internet Gatekeeper 6.41 to address this issue in Q4/04.
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2 .0
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.1
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.2
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.3
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.4
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.5
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.6
        plDaniels ripMime 1.2.7
        plDaniels ripMime 1.3.2 .3
        plDaniels ripMime 1.3.2 .0
        plDaniels ripMime 1.3.2 .2

- 漏洞信息 (F34358)

Corsaire Security Advisory 2003-08-04.6 (PacketStormID:F34358)
2004-09-15 00:00:00
Martin O'Neal,Corsaire

Corsaire Security Advisory - By using malformed MIME encapsulation techniques centered on the presence of non-standard separators, embedded file attachment blocking functionality can be evaded.

-- Corsaire Security Advisory --

Title: Multiple vendor MIME separator issue
Date: 04.08.03
Application: various
Environment: various
Author: Martin O'Neal []
Audience: General distribution
Reference: c030804-006

-- Scope --

The aim of this document is to clearly define a MIME content evasion 
issue that affects a variety of products including; browsers, proxy 
servers, email clients, content security gateways and antivirus 

-- History --

Discovered: 04.08.03 (Martin O'Neal)
NISCC notified: 28.01.04
Document released: 13.09.04

-- Overview --

There are a number of content security gateway and antivirus products 
available that provide policy based security functionality. Part of this 
functionality allows the products to block embedded file attachments 
based on their specific content type, such as executables or those 
containing viruses. However, by using malformed MIME encapsulation 
techniques centred on the presence of non-standard separators, this 
functionality can be evaded. 

-- Analysis --

The MIME standards are intended to provide a common mechanism to 
exchange data between systems and are used extensively by protocols such 
as HTTP and SMTP. The structure of a MIME message is defined in RFC2045 
[1], which in turn makes use of concepts introduced in RFC822 [2] 
(superseded by RFC2822 [3]).

The standards define a range of fields that control how data is encoded 
within the transport, and how it should be interpreted by the receiving 
agent. For example, RFC2822 states "Header fields are lines composed of 
a field name, followed by a colon (":"), followed by a field body, and 
terminated by CRLF". No advise is given for situations in which the 
colon separator (or any of the other separators used within the MIME 
standard) is used incorrectly, such as when it is doubled or omitted 

As usual, this lack of clarity within an RFC has been interpreted in 
various ways by the assorted vendors. For many products, such as email 
clients and browsers, this scope for interpretation might only result in 
some unreliable behaviour. However, for a collection of security 
products, being unaware of the various ways that the standard has been 
interpreted can lead to more serious results, as the products may fail 
to detect a threat within the data stream.

When a receiving agent is presented with a MIME message that contains 
unexpected or missing separators, it tends to respond in one of three 
broad ways:

- It identifies the MIME message as malformed and blocks it.
- It fails to interpret the MIME field (or message).
- It correctly interprets the MIME field (or message).

The first of the three would be the correct behaviour for a security 
conscious product, but based on empirical research this is not the 
common result for a number of scenarios. 

The MIME field separator issue has been observed to affect most of the 
headers, parameters and values defined within the standard. To use this 
issue as an attack mechanism, all that is required is to identify a 
target that has a client agent that interprets the chosen separator more 
liberally than any security products that protect it. 

-- Recommendations --

To be effective tools, the security products must not only be able to 
process encoding techniques implemented as per the relevant standard, 
but also common misinterpretations and deliberate corruptions.

As an ongoing process, a study project should be undertaken by the 
vendors to identify applications that routinely decode MIME objects and 
have a liberal interpretation of the MIME standard. 

NISCC have produced a document consolidating a number of vendor 
statements on these issues [4]. Contact your vendor directly to 
establish whether you are affected by these issues.

-- Background --

This issue was discovered using a custom SMTP/HTTP vulnerability 
analysis tool developed by Corsaire's security assessment team. This 
tool is not available publicly, but is an example of the specialist 
approach used by Corsaire's consultants as part of a commercial security 
assessment. To find out more about the cutting edge services provided by 
Corsaire simply visit our web site at

-- CVE --

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the name CAN-2004-0052 to this issue. This is a candidate for
inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardises
names for security problems.

-- References --


-- Revision --

a. Initial release.
b. Released.

-- Distribution --

This security advisory may be freely distributed, provided that it 
remains unaltered and in its original form. 

-- Disclaimer --

The information contained within this advisory is supplied "as-is" with 
no warranties or guarantees of fitness of use or otherwise. Corsaire 
accepts no responsibility for any damage caused by the use or misuse of 
this information.

-- About Corsaire --

Corsaire are a leading information security consultancy, founded in 1997 
in Guildford, Surrey, UK. Corsaire bring innovation, integrity and 
analytical rigour to every job, which means fast and dramatic security 
performance improvements. Our services centre on the delivery of 
information security planning, assessment, implementation, management 
and vulnerability research. 

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Copyright 2003 Corsaire Limited. All rights reserved. 


- 漏洞信息

Multiple Content Monitor Software MIME Decoding Malformed Separators Filter Bypass
Vendor Verified

- 漏洞描述

Unknown or Incomplete

- 时间线

2004-09-13 2003-08-04
Unknow Unknow

- 解决方案

Unknown or Incomplete

- 相关参考

- 漏洞作者

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