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Rapid7 Advisory R7-0031
JFreeChart Image Map Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities
Published: Dec 06, 2007
1. Affected system(s):
o JFreeChart 1.0.8
o JFreeChart 1.0.8 branch "jfreechart-1.0.8-security"
JFreeChart is a popular Java-based chart library used to generate
charts and graphs of data. The library includes support for
generating HTML image maps, which allow for enhanced interaction of
the chart via hyperlinks bound to shapes specified by coordinates.
Multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities exist within the
image map support functionality of JFreeChart which may allow an
or website which uses the library.
3. Vendor status and information
The JFreeChart project was notified of this vulnerability on
November 28th, 2007 via their online bug tracking system. The
vulnerability was fixed on December 6th 2007 with a commit
to their SVN repository.
Upgrade to JFreeChart SVN repository revision 682
using branch "jfreechart-1.0.8-security".
5. Detailed analysis
JFreeChart fails to properly escape the following properties of the
generated image map:
o The chart name.
o The chart tool tip text.
o The href attribute for a chart area.
o The shape attribute for a chart area.
o The coords attribute for a chart area.
It is possible to inject custom HTML code into the code generated by
the JFreeChart library. If a web server uses this library to generate
charts from user-supplied data, an attacker could cause other users of
when viewing a page containing a chart.
Discovered by Chad Loder of Rapid7.
7. Contact Information
Email: advisory (at) rapid7 (dot) com [email concealed]
Phone: +1 (617) 247-1717
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