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Autopsy XXE

The Issue

An XML External Entity attack is a type of attack against an application that parses XML input. This attack occurs when XML input containing a reference to an external entity is processed by a weakly configured XML parser. This attack may lead to the disclosure of confidential data, denial of service, server side request forgery, port scanning from the perspective of the machine where the parser is located, and other system impacts.

Autopsy insecurely parses user-supplied XML content within the CaseMetadata.java file, allowing attackers to perform XXE attacks.

Where the Issue Occurred

Found on line 447 - 448 autopsy/Core/src/org/sleuthkit/autopsy/casemodule/CaseMetadata.java#L447-448:

DocumentBuilder builder = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance().newDocumentBuilder();
Document doc = builder.parse(this.getFilePath().toFile());

Disclosure Timeline

  • Issue Reported: 25th October 2018
  • Blog Post Published: 28th October 2018
  • Applied for CVE: