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Known Vulnerabilities

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CST-SA: LPS-26930 Reconfigure Liferay to use a remote cache

Date

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:48:44 +0000

Title

CST-SA: LPS-26930 Reconfigure Liferay to use a remote cache

Description

By sending a single HTTP request for a JSON service, the portal can be configured to use a remote Memcache that an attacker controls. This allows the attacker to read and/or manipulate any data that is stored in the database, essentially granting the attacker full control of the server.

Severity

Severity 1

Workaround

If there is a web server in front of the application server, configuring the web server to block URLs of the form /c/portal/json_service/* will prevent this attack from being executed. However, this may also prevent some features from working properly.

Issue Links

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Patching Instructions

See the Community Security Team Process page for details on working with source and binary patches.

Binary Patch Links

Note: The below links point to a download page which contains multiple binary patches with the following naming scheme: <Liferay-Version>-security-<patch-version>.zip. Be sure to use the latest patch for your Liferay release!

Note: Binary patches only apply to the release with which this issue is associated. Applying a binary patch to any other release will probably result in a broken install!

Source Patch Links

Note that source patches only apply to the release with which this issue is associated. Applying a source patch to any other release will probably result in a broken install! For Github URLs suffixed with .patch, removing this suffix will yield a graphical view of the patch

Credit

This issue was discovered and reported by Jelmer Kuperus