PT-2013-17: Arbitrary Files Reading in mnoGoSearch

(PT-2013-17) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Arbitrary Files Reading in mnoGoSearch

Vulnerable software

Version: 3.3.12 and earlier

Application link:

Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Arbitrary Files Reading
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 7.8
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N)

CVE: not assigned

Software description

mnoGoSearch is a universal Intranet and Internet search engine.

Vulnerability description

Positive Technologies experts have detected an Arbitrary Files Reading vulnerability in mnoGoSearch.

Passing startup parameters via QUERY_STRING ( for an application running in CGI mode can be used to set page template path variable "d". Generating a template file on the server and specifying it in the variable "d" can result in Arbitrary Files Reading via <!INCLUDE CONTENT="URI"> template structure.  
---[ Exploitation example]
The /proc/self/environ file, in which part of the template is formed through the PATH_INFO environment variable, can be used as a template.
<!INCLUDE CONTENT="file:/etc/passwd">


How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version.

Advisory status

15.02.2013 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
01.03.2013 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
05.03.2013 - Public disclosure


The vulnerabilities has discovered by Sergey Bobrov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

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