724CMS 5.01 Directory (Path) Traversal Security Vulnerabilities



724CMS 5.01 Directory (Path) Traversal Security Vulnerabilities


Exploit Title: 724CMS /section.php Module Parameter Directory Traversal Security Vulnerabilities

Vendor: 724CMS

Product: 724CMS

Vulnerable Versions: 3.01 4.01 4.59 5.01

Tested Version: 5.01

Advisory Publication: March 14, 2015

Latest Update: March 14, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory (‘Path Traversal’) [CWE-22]

CVE Reference: *

Impact CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.5 (HIGH) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 6.4

Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

Discover and Author: Wang Jing [CCRG, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore]




Recommendation Details:


(1) Vendor & Product Description:


724CMS Enterprise


Product & Vulnerable Versions:







Vendor URL & download:

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Product Introduction Overview:

“724CMS is a content management system (CMS) that has customers spread in Canada, Japan, Korean, the United States, European and many others. It allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface. Meanwhile, 724CMS provides procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.”

“A CMS helps you create and store content in a shared repository. It then manages the relationships between content items for you (e.g. keeping track of where they fit into the site hierarchy). Finally, it ensures that each content item is connected to the right style sheet when it comes to be published. Some CMSs also provide facilities to track the status of content items through editorial processes and workflows.”



(2) Vulnerability Details:

724CMS web application has a security bug problem. It can be exploited by Directory Traversal – Local File Include (LFI) attacks. A local file inclusion (LFI) flaw is due to the script not properly sanitizing user input, specifically path traversal style attacks (e.g. ‘../../’) supplied to the parameters. With a specially crafted request, a remote attacker can include arbitrary files from the targeted host or from a remote host . This may allow disclosing file contents or executing files like PHP scripts. Such attacks are limited due to the script only calling files already on the target host.

Several 724CMS products vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. 724CMS has patched some of them. The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), which provide innovative, practical solutions for some of our nation’s most critical challenges in defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, healthcare, and cybersecurity. It has published suggestions, advisories, solutions details related to 724CMS vulnerabilities.


(2.1) The first cipher programming flaw occurs at “/section.php” page with “&Module” parameter.














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