eTransfer Lite v1.0 iOS - Persistent Filename Vulnerability

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2013-10-01T00:00:00



eTransfer Lite v1.0 iOS - Persistent Filename Vulnerability






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eTransfer is a tool for you to transfer photos among pc, iPad. eTransfer does not need iTunes. It supports to transfer photo:

  • iPad to iPad
  • iPad to PC
  • PC to iPad

eTransfer does not need extra software. All you need is the device that installed eTransfer and web browser on any os.

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The Vulnerability Laboratory Research Team discovered a persistent web vulnerability in the eTransfer Lite v1.0 application (Apple iOS - iPad & iPhone).


2013-08-31: Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)



Affected Products:

Apple AppStore Product: eTransfer Lite 1.0






A persistent input validation web vulnerability is detected in the eTransfer Lite v1.0 application (Apple iOS - iPad & iPhone). The bug allows an attacker (remote) to implement/inject malicious own malicious persistent script codes (application side).

The vulnerability is located in the `Receive Photos from others` and `Send Photos to others` module of the web-server (http://localhost:8080) when processing to request via POST method manipulated `file-names`. The file name will be changed to the path value without secure filter, encode or parse. The injected script code will be executed in the main file listing were the attacker injected earlier the code and of course also in the index listing of the mobile web application.

There is a security protection to filter random files because only images are allowed. To include own script code the attacker needs to manipulate the POST request after the first separate input parse.

Exploitation of the persistent web vulnerability requires low user interaction and a local low privilege mobile application account with a password. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability can lead to persistent session hijacking (customers), account steal via persistent web attacks, persistent phishing or persistent module context manipulation.

Vulnerable Application(s): [+] eTransfer Lite v1.0 - ITunes or AppStore (Apple)

Vulnerable Module(s): [+] File Listing

Vulnerable Parameter(s): [+] file name

Affected Module(s): [+] Index File Dir & Path Listing [+] Path/Folder Listing

Proof of Concept:

The persistent input validation web vulnerability can be exploited by remote attackers and local privileged application user accounts with low or medium user interaction. For demonstration or reproduce ...


<bq>The following files are hosted live from the iPad's Docs folder.</bq><p><b>Images:<br><br></b> <a href="[PERSISTENT INJECTED SCRIPT CODE!]%3Es2.png"><[PERSISTENT INJECTED SCRIPT CODE!]">s2.png</a> ( 51.8 Kb, 2013-08-25 02:09:25 +0000)<br /> <a href="a2b642e7de.jpg">a2b642e7de.jpg</a> ( 238.0 Kb, 2013-08-25 02:08:13 +0000)<br /> </p><br><br><br><hr><br><br><br><center><form action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" name="form1" id="form1"><label>Upload file to iPad <input type="file" name="file" id="file" /></label><label> <input type="submit" name="button" id="button" value="Submit" /></label></form></center><br><br><br>Powered By <a href=></a></body></html></iframe></a></p></body></html>

Reference(s): http://localhost:8080/


To fix the vulnerability the filename needs to be parsed, escaped or separate encoded in the POST method request. Parse also the affected output listing in the of the filename in the index file dir listing and sub category path folder listing.


The security risk of the persistent input validation web vulnerability is estimated as medium(+).


Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Benjamin Kunz Mejri ( []


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