Executive Summary

This Alert is flagged as TOP 25 Common Weakness Enumeration from CWE/SANS. For more information, you can read this.
Title dotCMS contains multiple vulnerabilities
NameVU#168699First vendor Publication2017-03-06
VendorVU-CERTLast vendor Modification2017-03-07
Severity (Vendor) N/ARevisionM

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Cvss Base Score9.3Attack RangeNetwork
Cvss Impact Score10Attack ComplexityMedium
Cvss Expoit Score8.6AuthenticationNone Required
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Vulnerability Note VU#168699

dotCMS contains multiple vulnerabilities

Original Release date: 06 Mar 2017 | Last revised: 07 Mar 2017


The dotCMS administration panel is vulnerable to cross-site request forgery, and the "Push Publishing" feature in Enterprise Pro is vulnerable to path traversal and arbitrary file upload. dotCMS versions 3.7.1 and earlier are affected.


CWE-352: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) - CVE-2017-3187

The dotCMS administrator panel contains a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. An attacker can perform actions with the same permissions as a victim user, provided the victim has an active session and is induced to trigger the malicious request.

CWE-22: Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory ('Path Traversal') - CVE-2017-3188
When "Bundle" tar.gz archives uploaded to the Push Publishing feature are decompressed, the filenames of its contents are not properly checked, allowing for writing files to arbitrary directories on the file system. These archives may be uploaded directly via the administrator panel, or using the CSRF vulnerability (CVE-2017-3187) described above.

CWE-434: Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type - CVE-2017-3189
When "Bundle" tar.gz archives uploaded to the Push Publishing feature are decompressed, there are no checks on the types of files which the bundle contains. This vulnerability combined with the path traversal vulnerability above (CVE-2017-3188) can lead to remote command execution with the permissions of the user running the dotCMS application.


An unauthenticated remote attacker may perform actions with the dotCMS administrator panel with the same permissions of a victim user or execute arbitrary system commands with the permissions of the user running the dotCMS application.


The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

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Vendor Information (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
dotCMSAffected19 Jan 201702 Mar 2017
dotCMSUnknown03 Mar 201703 Mar 2017
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)



  • http://dotcms.com/
  • https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/352.html
  • https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/22.html
  • https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/434.html


Thanks to:

[1]SafeDog Penetration and Defense Lab:darong tong
[2]SafeDog Penetration and Defense Lab:yong cai
[3]shaohong wu

for reporting these vulnerabilities.

This document was written by Trent Novelly.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs:CVE-2017-3187CVE-2017-3188CVE-2017-3189
  • Date Public:06 Mar 2017
  • Date First Published:06 Mar 2017
  • Date Last Updated:07 Mar 2017
  • Document Revision:15


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Original Source

Url : http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/168699

CWE : Common Weakness Enumeration

33 %CWE-434Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type (CWE/SANS Top 25)
33 %CWE-352Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) (CWE/SANS Top 25)
33 %CWE-22Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory ('Path Traversal') (CWE/SANS Top 25)

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration


Alert History

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2018-09-25 17:21:34
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2018-09-24 21:23:01
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2018-07-24 21:21:46
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2017-03-07 17:21:53
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2017-03-07 00:23:32
  • First insertion