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Asbru HardCore Web Content Editor - Command Injection
From: <security () nruns com>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 10:57:35 +0200
http://www.nruns.com/ security () nruns com
Vendor: Asbru Software, http://asbrusoft.com
Product: Asbru HardCore Web Content Editor,
Vulnerability: Command Injection
2006/10/05 initial notification of AsbruSoft
2006/10/08 fix was created over the weekend, released
on Oct 8.
The Asbru Software Web Content Editor allows for web-based advanced text
processing, replacing the typical TEXTAREA input fields with a rich user
offering HTML editing capabilities, formatting and various other features.
It integrates with Asbru Software's Content Management System, works with
most modern browsers and comes in versions for ASP, ASP.NET, PHP,
ColdFusion and JSP.
The spell checking feature uses ASpell, which is invoked through the
language's process creation commands, such as proc_open() in PHP, Runtime's
exec() method in JSP, shell.Run() in ASP and the like. All these
prone to a command injection attack, since ASpell's dictionary argument is
specified from a HTTP request parameter and the input is not sanitized.
This leads to immediate shell command execution if an attacker carefully
crafts this parameter's value. The vulnerability is *only* present if the
spell checking capability is in use.
AsbruSoft reacted very quickly. The vulnerability was reported on Oct 5 and
fix was created over the weekend, released on Oct 8. The updated version
6.0.22 is available from
Bug found by Jan Muenther of n.runs GmbH. Thanks
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