dotclear 2.8.1: Code Execution

dotclear 2.8.1: Code Execution

Date: 2015-11-13 11:37:41
Security Advisory – Curesec Research Team

1. Introduction

Affected Product: dotclear 2.8.1
Fixed in: 2.8.2
Fixed Version Link:
Vendor Website:
Vulnerability Type: Code Execution
Remote Exploitable: Yes
Reported to vendor: 10/02/2015
Disclosed to public: 11/13/2015
Release mode: Coordinated release
CVE: CVE-2015-8831
Credits Tim Coen of Curesec GmbH

2. Overview


High 9.0 AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C


While upload of files with extension php, php4, and php5 is forbidden, upload of files with the extension pht, phps, and phtml is allowed, which will lead to code execution with most default Apache configurations.

The upload form is located here:

A user with the right "manage their own media items" and "manage their own entries and comments" is needed to exploit this issue.

3. Code

/dotclear/inc/libs/clearbricks/filemanager public function uploadFile($tmp,$dest,$overwrite=false) { $dest = $this->pwd.'/'.path::clean($dest); if ($this->isFileExclude($dest)) { throw new Exception(__('Uploading this file is not allowed.')); } [...] if (@move_uploaded_file($tmp,$dest) === false) { throw new Exception(__('An error occurred while writing the file.')); } [...] } [...] protected function isFileExclude($f) { if (!$this->exclude_pattern) { return false; } return preg_match($this->exclude_pattern,$f); } /dotclear/inc/core/ $this->exclude_pattern = $core->blog->settings->system->media_exclusion; /dotclear/inc/core/class.dc.core.php array('media_exclusion','string','/\.php[0-9]*$/i', 'File name exclusion pattern in media manager. (PCRE value)'), Note that after installation, the regex is retrieved from the settings table of the database, not from the code.

4. Solution

To mitigate this issue please upgrade at least to version 2.8.2:

Please note that a newer version might already be available.

5. Report Timeline

10/02/2015 Informed Vendor
10/25/2015 Vendor releases fix
11/13/2015 Disclosed to public