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Collabtive 0.4.8 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Collabtive 0.4.8 Multiple Vulnerabilities
Posted Nov 10, 2008
Authored by Francesco Ongaro, Antonio Parata, Giovanni Pellerano | Site ush.it

Collabtive version 0.4.8 suffers from cross site scripting, authentication bypass, and shell upload vulnerabilities.

tags | exploit, shell, vulnerability, xss
SHA-256 | 79b3e4b4ba18d65ce36a36f1ab3e00c7d5d25169f28c965cb0522f75f65a1536

Collabtive 0.4.8 Multiple Vulnerabilities

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Collabtive 0.4.8 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Name Multiple Vulnerabilities in Collabtive
Systems Affected Collabtive 0.4.8 and possibly earlier versions
Severity High
Impact (CVSSv2) High 8/10, vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:C/A:P)
Vendor http://collabtive.o-dyn.de/
Advisory http://www.ush.it/team/ush/hack-collabtive048/adv.txt
Authors Antonio "s4tan" Parata (s4tan AT ush DOT it)
Francesco "ascii" Ongaro (ascii AT ush DOT it)
Giovanni "evilaliv3" Pellerano (evilaliv3 AT
digitalbullets DOT org)
Date 20080925


>From the Collabtive web site: "Collabtive is collaborative software to
get your projects done!".


Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Collabtive software.



A) Stored Cross Site Scripting
B) Forceful browsing authentication bypass
C) Arbitrary file upload

A) Stored Cross Site Scripting

A stored XSS vulnerability exists in the "/admin.php?action=projects"

Once the attacker specifies an XSS attack vector, like
"<script>alert(0);</script>", as the "Name" property of a project then
an XSS vulnerability occurs because the projects "Name" fields are
stored and printed without any filtering.

While the cited section poses limits on the "Name" field when
reflecting the XSS payload, clicking on the edit link
"/manageproject.php?action=editform&id=<projectId>" results in a page
without limitations on the characters showed thus allowing complete

This vulnerability requires administrator authentication.

CSRF+XSS and timing (JS) can be used to successfully exploit this
vulnerability in an automated manner.

B) Forceful browsing authentication bypass

An authentication bypass vulnerability exists in
"/admin.php?action=users&mode=added". Directly pointing to that URL
shows an error, however at the bottom of the page there is a web
form that permits to create new users with full privileges.

With this vulnerability an attacker without any valid credentials can
create a new valid administrator.

Since this vulnerability has been discovered the exploitation
prerequisites changed as detailed below:

- A bug fix in the latest version 0.4.8 now requires "globals on" in
order to exploit this vulnerability.

- In version 0.4.6 instead the vulnerability is exploitable regardless
the "globals" settings.

C) Arbitrary file upload

It's possible to upload arbitrary files with arbitrary extensions.
An attacker that has not already gained Administration privileges using
the previously exposed vulnerabilities must be assigned to at least one

To upload a file go to "/managefile.php?action=showproject&id=<projectId>"
and add a new file.

If a file with .php extension is uploaded then the mimetype will be
"php/plain" and the program will change the extension to .txt in order
to prevent exploitation.

This security control can be bypassed changing the mimetype to
text/plain, in this way the application will believe that a normal .txt
file was uploaded and the extension will not be changed.

The uploaded file resides in "/files/<projectId>/<filename>_$seed.php".

An authenticated attacker will simply see the seed (and the complete
filename) using the web interface and can directly execute it.

In case of unauthenticated attackers the filename must be guessed.
Luckily the make_seed() routine leaks real random proprieties and is
only based on the time. $seed can be easily bruteforced using values
that are likely to match the return derived by the microtime() of the

private function make_seed()
list($usec, $sec) = explode(' ', microtime());
$value = (float) $sec + ((float) $usec * 100000);
return $value;

As easily understandable $seed can be guessed in really few tries. The
same vulnerability exists when attaching a file in the "Messages"

This vulnerability can also be exploited via CSRF.


Collabtive 0.4.8 and possibly earlier versions are vulnerable.


Proper input validation will fix the vulnerabilities.


No fix available.


No CVE at this time.


20080926 Initial vendor contact (No Response)
20081003 Second vendor contact (No Response)
20081010 Third vendor contact
20081010 Vendor response (Fix promised for the end of October)
20081010 Vendor contact to sync disclosure time (No response)
20081110 Advisory released (Fix not available)


Antonio "s4tan" Parata, Francesco "ascii" Ongaro and
Giovanni "evilaliv3" Pellerano are credited with the discovery of this

Antonio "s4tan" Parata
web site: http://www.ictsc.it/
mail: s4tan AT ictsc DOT it, s4tan AT ush DOT it

Francesco "ascii" Ongaro
web site: http://www.ush.it/
mail: ascii AT ush DOT it

Giovanni "evilaliv3" Pellerano
mail: evilaliv3 AT digitalbullets DOT org


Copyright (c) 2008 Francesco "ascii" Ongaro

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