SugarCRM 5.2.0e Code Execution

Type packetstorm
Reporter Francesco Ongaro
Modified 2009-06-15T00:00:00


                                            `SugarCRM 5.2.0e Remote Code Execution  
Name Remote Code Execution in SugarCRM  
Systems Affected Sugar CRM 5.2.0e and possibly earlier versions  
Severity High  
Impact (CVSSv2) High 8/10, vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:C/A:P)  
Authors Antonio "s4tan" Parata (s4tan AT ush DOT it)  
Francesco "ascii" Ongaro (ascii AT ush DOT it)  
Giovanni "evilaliv3" Pellerano (evilaliv3 AT ush DOT it)  
Date 20090613  
>From the SugarCRM web site: "Sugar Express is designed for individuals  
and small companies. Core CRM features help employees get on the same  
page while more complex functionality is stripped away. Sugar Express is  
ideal for providing a single view of the customer from the initial  
marketing campaign through the sales cycle and on to customer support.  
With Sugar Express, companies have a single system of truth for managing  
customer interactions.".  
A Remote Code Execution Vulnerability exists in SugarCRM software.  
A Remote Code Execution issue has been found in SugarCRM version  
5.2.0e. In order to exploit this vulnerability an account on the system  
is required.  
The vulnerability resides in the "Compose Email" section. The software  
permits sending email with attachments (if not disabled by the  
administrator). When the name of the file is specified, a validation  
routine is called:  
function safeAttachmentName($filename) {  
global $sugar_config;  
$badExtension = false;  
//get position of last "." in file name  
$file_ext_beg = strrpos($filename, ".");  
$file_ext = "";  
//get file extension  
if($file_ext_beg > 0) {  
$file_ext = substr($filename, $file_ext_beg + 1);  
//check to see if this is a file with extension located in "badext"  
foreach($sugar_config['upload_badext'] as $badExt) {  
if(strtolower($file_ext) == strtolower($badExt)) {  
//if found, then append with .txt and break out of lookup  
$filename = $filename . ".txt";  
$badExtension = true;  
break; // no need to look for more  
} // if  
} // foreach  
return $badExtension;  
This routine checks if the extension of the filename is blacklisted,  
if so the ".txt" extension is appended to the filename. However there is  
a coding error: the function assumes that the filename (extension  
excluded) is at least one char long, this assumption is derived from the  
if($file_ext_beg > 0)  
Of course this is a bad assumption, if we set the whole filename to  
".php" than the check is skipped and a void extension is assumed.  
Because void extensions are not in the blacklist, no futher extension  
is added to the filename. After this check a file is created on the  
filesystem in the form "<id><filename>".  
Where "id" is an alphanumeric string. With the trick illustrated we are  
able to create a file with ".php" extension. To do this upload a new  
file attachment and set the filename to ".php".  
After this the attacker has to find the name of the file that was  
uploaded in the attachment list files. To obtaint the real filename  
look in the HTML response for a string like:  
<input value="6e25aba0-9dc4-2a57-8bae-4a1317b35d47.php" name="email_atta  
chment0" id="email_attachment10" type="hidden">  
The real filename in this case is "6e25aba0-9dc4-2a57-8bae-4a1317b35d47.  
php". Now the attacker has to find the directory where the file resides.  
Again searching the HTML page for the attribute "assigned_user_id"  
reveals the needed information:  
<a href="index.php?module=Emails&action=ListView&assigned_user_id=abf7c7  
At this point the attacker has all the informations to invoke the  
uploaded file.  
Filename: 6e25aba0-9dc4-2a57-8bae-4a1317b35d47.php  
Assigned user id: abf7c77b-2f71-8071-63ba-4a131068e9a2  
To directly request it issue a request to:  
As final note: if the user is "administrator", "assigned_user_id" is  
always "1".  
SugarCRM 5.2.0e and possibly earlier versions are vulnerable.  
Upgrade to latest version 5.2.0f  
"We have fixed the issue and will be shipping the patch on June 12th.  
We will be doing a full pass of quality assurance in this area to  
ensure that no other issues crop up around file uploads.  
The fix involves modifying the code that handles uploads for email  
attachments to save the files using just a GUID rather than the original  
file name. This is similar to how uploads are handled else where in the  
application and should prevent the code from being executable on the  
server side."  
No CVE at this time.  
20090519 Bug discovered  
20090528 First vendor contact  
20090528 Vendor Response  
20090530 Vendor Confirm the vulnerability  
20090602 Vendor propose a possible fix and path release  
20090612 Vendor released SugarCRM 5.2.0f (Vulnerability fixed)  
20090613 Advisory released  
Antonio "s4tan" Parata, Francesco "ascii" Ongaro and Giovanni  
"evilaliv3" Pellerano are credited with the discovery of this  
Antonio "s4tan" Parata  
web site:  
mail: s4tan AT ush DOT it  
Francesco "ascii" Ongaro  
web site:  
mail: ascii AT ush DOT it  
Giovanni "evilaliv3" Pellerano  
web site:,  
mail: evilaliv3 AT ush DOT it  
Copyright (c) 2009 Francesco "ascii" Ongaro  
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