SharePoint Source Code Disclosure

Type packetstorm
Reporter Daniel Martin
Modified 2009-10-26T00:00:00


Name: SharePoint Team Services source code disclosure through download  
Release Date: 21 October 2009  
Reference: NGS00532  
Discover: Daniel Martin <>  
Vendor: Microsoft  
Systems Affected: SharePoint 2007 (, and  
possibly others)  
Risk: Medium  
Status: Reported  
Discovered: 17 September 2008  
Released: 2 October 2008  
Approved: 3 October 2008  
Reported: 8 October 2008  
Published: 23 October 2009  
Microsoft SharePoint is a browser-based collaboration and document  
management platform. It can be used to host web sites that access shared  
workspaces and documents, as well as specialized applications like wikis  
and blogs from a browser.  
It was found that the download facility of Microsoft SharePoint Team  
Services can be abused to reveal the source code of ASP.NET files.  
Technical Details  
SharePoint Team Services stores a variety of files in its backend  
database. These files include site templates, custom ASP.NET pages and  
documents that users of the application upload to the document libraries.  
Insufficient validation in the input parameters of the download facility  
can result in the source code of ASP.NET files being disclosed. For  
example, the source code of the default ASP.NET page available after  
installing the product (http://server/Pages/Default.aspx) can be obtained  
by issuing the following request:  
In order to retrieve the source code any file stored in the backend  
database (files whose path does not start with /_layout/) it is sufficient  
to craft a request that follows this pattern:  
This bug can result in disclosure of sensitive information that can be  
used by an attacker targeting the system. For instance the PublicKeyTokens  
of the ASP.NET assemblies deployed in the server can be revealed enabling  
an attacker to upload a malicious file that makes use of them.  
Fix Information  
It is advised that the source code of any bespoke ASP.NET file deployed  
in the system is reviewed to ensure that no sensitive information would  
be reviewed if an attacker abuses the download facility of the framework.  
Additionally access on a need-to-know basis to SharePoint systems is  
No workarounds exist at this point. However Microsoft has been contacted  
so they can produce a fix for their customers. NGS has been advised that  
although this issue will not be patched until the next release of  
SharePoint, Microsoft has addressed the design issues around it in a  
Knowledge Base article (KB976829) about security considerations when  
running SharePoint that can be found at:  
NGS Software wants to thank the MSRC team and Charles Weidner in  
particular for their support in clarifying this issue.  
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