Piwik up to 2.16.0 Controller.php saveLayout code injection

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A vulnerability was found in Piwik up to 2.16.0. It has been classified as critical. This affects the function saveLayout of the file /plugins/Dashboard/Controller.php. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-94. The software constructs all or part of a code segment using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the syntax or behavior of the intended code segment. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 11/07/2016 by Egidio Romano as [KIS-2016-13] Piwik <= 2.16.0 (saveLayout) PHP Object Injection Vulnerability as confirmed mailinglist post (Full-Disclosure). It is possible to read the advisory at seclists.org. The public release was coordinated with the project team. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. Technical details and a private exploit are known. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1059 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

A private exploit has been developed by Egidio Romano. It is declared as functional. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 63 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. By approaching the search of inurl:plugins/Dashboard/Controller.php it is possible to find vulnerable targets with Google Hacking.

Upgrading to version 2.16.1 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.



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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707
ATT&CK: T1059

Local: No
Remote: Yes

Availability: 🔍
Access: Private
Status: Functional
Author: Egidio Romano
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Piwik 2.16.1


02/08/2016 🔍
02/09/2016 +1 days 🔍
04/11/2016 +62 days 🔍
11/07/2016 +210 days 🔍
11/07/2016 +0 days 🔍
05/26/2019 +930 days 🔍


Advisory: [KIS-2016-13] Piwik &lt;= 2.16.0 (saveLayout) PHP Object Injection Vulnerability
Researcher: Egidio Romano
Status: Confirmed
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scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013


Created: 11/07/2016 10:02 PM
Updated: 05/26/2019 12:47 PM
Changes: (1) vulnerability_cwe
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