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Scans for Open File Uploads into CKEditor

Published: 2013-08-02
Last Updated: 2013-08-02 14:36:03 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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We are seeing *a lot* of scans for the CKEditor file upload script. CKEditor (aka "FCKEditor") is a commonly used gui editor allowing users to edit HTML as part of a web application. Many web applications like wikis and bulletin boards use it. It provides the ability to upload files to web servers. The scans I have observed so far apper to focus on the file upload function, but many scans will just scan for the presence of the editor / file upload function and it is hard to tell what the attacker would do if the editor is found. 

Here are some sample reports:

Full sample POST request:

GET /FCK/editor/filemanager/connectors/php/connector.php?Command=GetFoldersAndFiles&Type=File&CurrentFolder=%2F HTTP/1.1
HOST: --removed--
ACCEPT: text/html, */*
USER-AGENT: Mozilla/3.0 (compatible; Indy Library)

Some sample Apache logs:

HEAD /FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/upload/test.html
HEAD /admin/FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/browser/default/connectors/test.html
HEAD /admin/FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/connectors/test.html
HEAD /admin/FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/connectors/uploadtest.html
HEAD /admin/FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/upload/test.html
HEAD /FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/browser/default/connectors/test.html
HEAD /FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/connectors/test.html
HEAD /FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/connectors/uploadtest.html
HEAD /FCKeditor/editor/filemanager/upload/test.html

 

If you are using this module, make sure it is properly configured. It is recommended to password protect the editor if you can (of course, for a public blog comment system that may not be an answer, but it may not need the file upload capability
 

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute
Twitter @johullrich

Keywords: ckeditor fckeditor
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