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Subversion: external XML entity injection
Synthesis of the vulnerability
An attacker can transmit malicious XML data to Subversion, in order to read a file, scan sites, or trigger a denial of service.
Impacted products: Subversion, Fedora, openSUSE Leap.
Creation date: 29/11/2016.
Identifiers: CVE-2016-8734, FEDORA-2017-c629f16f6c, openSUSE-SU-2016:3073-1, VIGILANCE-VUL-21236.
Description of the vulnerability
XML data can contain external entities (DTD):
<!ENTITY name SYSTEM "file">
<!ENTITY name SYSTEM "http://server/file">
A program which reads these XML data can replace these entities by data coming from the indicated file. When the program uses XML data coming from an untrusted source, this behavior leads to:
- content disclosure from files of the server
- private web site scan
- a denial of service by opening a blocking file
This feature must be disabled to process XML data coming from an untrusted source.
However, the Subversion parser allows external entities.
An attacker can therefore transmit malicious XML data to Subversion, in order to read a file, scan sites, or trigger a denial of service.
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