[SECURITY] CVE-2013-0248 Apache Commons FileUpload - Insecure examples

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2013-03-11T00:00:00


CVE-2013-0248 Apache Commons FileUpload - Insecure examples

Severity: Low

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: - Commons FileUpload 1.0 to 1.2.2

Description: Commons FileUpload provides file upload capability for Servlets and web applications. During the upload process, FileUpload may (depending on configuration) save the uploaded file temporarily on disk. By default this will be in the system wide tmp directory. Because the temporary files have predictable file names and are stored in a publicly writeable location they are vulnerable to a TOCTOU attack.

A successful attack requires that the attacker has write access to the tmp directory. The attack can be prevented by setting the repository to a non-publicly writeable location.

The documentation for FileUpload does not highlight the potential security implications of not setting a repository, nor do the provided examples set a repository. This may have caused users to use FileUpload in an insecure manner.

Mitigation: Setting the repository to a non-publicly writeable location such as that defined by the ServletContext attribute javax.servlet.context.tempdir will prevent the TOCTOU attack.

Credit: This issue was identified by Karl Dyszynski and Hugo Vazquez Carames of SonicWall

References: [1] http://commons.apache.org/fileupload/