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Path Traversal in webEdition

Advisory ID:HTB23227
Vendor:webEdition e.V.
Vulnerable Versions: (SVN-Revision: 6985) and probably prior
Tested Version: (SVN-Revision: 6985)
Advisory Publication:August 6, 2014 [without technical details]
Vendor Notification:August 6, 2014
Vendor Fix:September 4, 2014
Public Disclosure:September 17, 2014
Latest Update:September 17, 2014
Vulnerability Type:Path Traversal [CWE-22]
CVE Reference:CVE-2014-5258
Risk Level:Medium
CVSSv2 Base Score:4 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)
Solution Status:Fixed by Vendor
Discovered and Provided:High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab

Advisory Details:

High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab discovered vulnerability in webEdition, which can be exploited to read arbitrary files on the target system.

1) Path Traversal in webEdition: CVE-2014-5258

The vulnerability exists due to insufficient sanitization of the "file" HTTP GET parameter in "/webEdition/showTempFile.php" script. A remote authenticated user can send a specially crafted HTTP GET request containing directory traversal sequences (e.g. "../") and read contents of arbitrary files on the target system with privileges of the web server.

The exploitation example below display contents of "/etc/passwd" file:


Successful exploitation of the vulnerability requires valid user credentials. Registration is not open by default and all user accounts are created by the administrator of the web application.

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More Information:

[1] High-Tech Bridge Advisory HTB23227 - - Path Traversal in webEdition.
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