Afian AB FileRun 2017.03.18 CSRF / Shell Upload / XSS / Redirection

Type packetstorm
Reporter Roman Ferdigg
Modified 2017-10-17T00:00:00


                                            `SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20171018-0 >  
title: Multiple vulnerabilities  
product: Afian AB FileRun  
vulnerable version: 2017.03.18  
fixed version: 2017.09.18  
impact: critical  
homepage: |  
found: 2017-08-28  
by: Roman Ferdigg (Office Vienna)  
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Vendor description:  
"FileRun File Manager: access your files anywhere through self-hosted  
secure cloud storage, file backup and sharing for your photos, videos,  
files and more. Upload and download large files for easy sharing. Google  
Drive self-hosted alternative."  
Business recommendation:  
By exploiting the vulnerabilities documented in this advisory, an attacker  
can compromise the web server which has FileRun installed. User files might  
get exposed through this attack.  
SEC Consult recommends not to use FileRun until a thorough security review  
has been performed by security professionals and all identified issues have  
been resolved.  
Vulnerability overview/description:  
1) Path Manipulation  
When uploading, downloading or viewing files, FileRun uses a parameter to  
specify the path on the file-system. An attacker can manipulate the value  
of this parameter to read, create and even overwrite files in certain  
folders. An attacker could upload malicious files to compromise the  
webserver. In combination with the open redirect and CSRF vulnerability  
even an unauthenticated attacker can upload these files to get a shell.  
Through the shell all user files can be accessed.  
2) Stored Cross Site Scripting (XSS) via File Upload  
The application allows users to upload different file types. It is also  
possible to upload HTML files or to create them via the application's text  
editor. Files can be shared using a link or within the FileRun application  
(in the enterprise version). An attacker can inject JavaScript in HTML  
files to attack other users or simply create a phishing site to steal user  
In the standard configuration of the FileRun docker image the HttpOnly  
cookie flag is not set, which means that authentication cookies can be  
accessed in an XSS attack. This allows easy session hijacking as well.  
3) Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)  
The application does not implement CSRF protection. An attacker can exploit  
this vulnerability to execute arbitrary requests with the privileges of the  
victim. The only requirement is that a victim visits a malicious webpage.  
Such a page could be hosted on the FileRun server itself and shared with  
other users as described in vulnerability 2.  
Besides others, the following actions can be performed via CSRF if the  
victim has administrative privileges:  
- Create or delete users  
- Change permissions rights of users  
- Change user passwords  
If the victim has no administrative privileges, for example the following  
actions can be performed:  
- Upload files  
- Change the email address (for password recovery)  
4) Open Redirect Vulnerabilities  
An open redirect vulnerability in the login and logout pages allows an  
attacker to redirect users to arbitrary web sites. The redirection host  
could be used for phishing attacks (e.g. to steal user credentials) or for  
running browser exploits to infect a victim's machine with malware. The open  
redirect in the login page could also be used to exploit CSRF (see above).  
Because the server name in the manipulated link is identical to the  
original site, phishing attempts may have a more trustworthy appearance.  
Proof of concept:  
1) Path Manipulation  
The URL below is used to read the application file "autoconfig.php", which  
contains the username and cleartext password of the database.  
This post request is used to upload a PHP shell in the writable folder  
POST /?module=fileman_myfiles&section=ajax&page=up HTTP/1.1  
Host: $DOMAIN  
Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=---------------------------293712729522107  
Cookie: FileRunSID=t5h7lm99r1ff0quhsajcudh7t0; language=english  
DNT: 1  
Connection: close  
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="flowTotalSize"  
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="flowIsFirstChunk"  
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="flowIsLastChunk"  
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="flowFilename"  
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="path"  
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file"; filename="shell.php"  
Content-Type: application/octet-stream  
*web shell payload here*  
To execute the uploaded shell a .htaccess file with the contents below can  
be uploaded in the same folder.  
Content of .htaccess file:  
<Files "*">  
Order allow,deny  
Allow from all  
The uploaded shell can be accessed by the following URL:  
2) Stored Cross Site Scripting (XSS) via File Upload  
An HTML file with JavaScript code can be easily uploaded to attack other users.  
No PoC necessary.  
3) Cross Site Request Forgery  
An example for a CSRF attack would be the following request which changes  
the email address of the victim:  
<form action="http://$DOMAIN/?module=fileman&section=profile&action=save"  
<input type="hidden" name="receive_notifications" value="0" />  
<input type="hidden" name="two_step_enabled" value="0" />  
<input type="hidden" name="name" value="User" />  
<input type="hidden" name="name2" value="A" />  
<input type="hidden" name="email" value="" />  
<input type="hidden" name="ext-comp-1009" value="on" />  
<input type="hidden" name="current_password" value="" />  
<input type="hidden" name="new_password" value="" />  
<input type="hidden" name="confirm_new_password" value="" />  
<input type="submit" value="Submit request" />  
The new email address can be used by the attacker to reset the password of  
the victim.  
4) Open Redirect Vulnerabilites  
The URL below can be used to forward a user to an arbitrary website after  
the login:  
The value of the redirect parameter needs to be base64 encoded.  
To redirect a user after logout, following URL can be used:  
In this case for a successful exploit, the victim has to be logged in.  
Vulnerable / tested versions:  
The regular version of FileRun 2017.03.18 has been tested. It is assumed  
earlier versions of FileRun are also vulnerable to the issues.  
Vendor contact timeline:  
2017-08-31: Contacting vendor through,  
2017-09-01: Sending unencrypted advisory as requested by vendor  
2017-09-04: FileRun fixed the vulnerability "Path Manipulation"  
2017-09-12: Requesting a status update  
2017-09-13: FileRun informed us that a patch for all vulnerabilities will  
be released before 2017-09-20  
2017-09-16: Patch available  
2017-10-18: Public release of security advisory  
Update to the latest version available (see  
According to FileRun, all the vulnerabilities are fixed in release  
2017.09.18 or higher.  
For further information see:  
No workaround available.  
Advisory URL:  
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EOF Roman Ferdigg / @2017