VDB-93961 · CVE-2016-9836 · BID 94663

Joomla CMS 3.6.4 File Scanning JFilterInput::isFileSafe access control

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Joomla CMS 3.6.4 (Content Management System). Affected by this vulnerability is the function JFilterInput::isFileSafe of the component File Scanning. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-284. The software does not restrict or incorrectly restricts access to a resource from an unauthorized actor. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

The file scanning mechanism of JFilterInput::isFileSafe() in Joomla! CMS before 3.6.5 does not consider alternative PHP file extensions when checking uploaded files for PHP content, which enables a user to upload and execute files with the `.php6`, `.php7`, `.phtml`, and `.phpt` extensions. Additionally, JHelperMedia::canUpload() did not blacklist these file extensions as uploadable file types.

The weakness was released 12/05/2016 (Website). The advisory is shared at securityfocus.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-9836. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1068 for this issue.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 95916 (Joomla! < 3.6.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CGI abuses. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 11741 (Joomla! Core Shell Upload and Information Disclosure Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version 3.6.5 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (95916). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 94547 and 94548.






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CPE 2.3info

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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-284 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1068

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 95916
Nessus Name: Joomla! < 3.6.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 57254
OpenVAS Name: Joomla Alternative PHP File Extensions File Upload and Information Disclosure Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: CMS 3.6.5


12/05/2016 🔍
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10/05/2022 +2130 days 🔍


Vendor: joomla.org

Advisory: securityfocus.com [404 Not Found]
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2016-9836 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 94663

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Created: 12/05/2016 09:39 PM
Updated: 10/05/2022 07:37 AM
Changes: 12/05/2016 09:39 PM (41), 04/21/2019 12:07 PM (20), 10/05/2022 07:26 AM (2), 10/05/2022 07:32 AM (11), 10/05/2022 07:37 AM (1)
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