wp-02-0012: Carello 1.3 Remote File Execution

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2002-07-11T00:00:00


Westpoint Security Advisory

Title: Carello 1.3 Remote File Execution Risk Rating: Medium Software: Carello Shopping Cart Platforms: Win2k, WinNT Vendor URL: www.carelloweb.com Author: Matt Moore <matt@westpoint.ltd.uk> Date: 10th July 2002 Advisory ID#: wp-02-0012


Carello 1.3 is a web based shopping cart solution, which uses hidden HTML form fields to specify executables to handle POSTed form data.


Remote File Execution

Carello uses hidden form fields to specify the names of executables on the server which are to handle POSTed form data. This allows an attacker to manipulate the HTML to specify arbitrary executables, which the Carello server software will then run. For example, a typical section of an HTML page created by Carello looks like (angle brackets omitted):

form method="POST" action= "http://server/scripts/Carello/Carello.dll" input type="hidden" name="CARELLOCODE" value="WESTPOINT" input type="hidden" name="VBEXE" value= "c:\inetpub\..carello-exe-file" input type=....etc etc

Carello .dll only appears to check that the string 'inetpub' is in the requested path.

Hence, specifying a value like ' c:\inetpub\..\..\..\..\..\..\winnt\notepad.exe ' bypasses this check, allowing arbitrary files to be executed.


It does not appear to be possible to pass parameters to the executed program, which lessens the severity of this vulnerability. However, it would be more serious if an attacker could upload files to the server (e.g. via ftp)

Vendor response:

The vendor indicated that the vulnerability will be fixed in the next version of Carello. When asked for an expected release date, they replied that:

'Unfortunately, we do not have a plan to upgrade the program so far. But I put your indication on our program modification request list.'

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