PhpSpreadsheet < 1.5.0 - XML External Entity (XXE)







# Product Description
PhpSpreadsheet is a library written in pure PHP that provides a set of classes allowing users to read from and write to different spreadsheet file formats, such as Excel and LibreOffice Calc.

# Vulnerabilities List
One vulnerability was identified within the PhpSpreadsheet library. 

# Affected Version
Versions <=1.5.0

# Solution
Identify when the thread-safe libxmlDisableEntityLoader() function is available and disable the ability to load external entities when it is present. In addition, convert XML encoding to UTF-8 prior to performing a security scan.

This vulnerability is described in the following section.

# XML External Entity (XXE) Injection 
The PhpSpreadsheet library is affected by XXE injection. This vulnerability could be leveraged to read files from a server that hosts an application using this library. An attacker who exploited this vulnerability could extract secrets, passwords, source code, and other sensitive data stored on the filesystem.

# Vulnerability Details
CVE ID: CVE-2018-19277

Access Vector: Network 

Security Risk: High

Vulnerability: CWE-611

CVSS Base Score: 7.7

CVSS vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N

The PhpSpreadsheet library implements a security check that halts XML processing if an external entity is detected. An attacker could bypass the check by encoding the XML data as UTF-7 with the following payload:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-7"?>

<!DOCTYPE xmlrootname [<!ENTITY % aaa SYSTEM "">%aaa;%ccc;%ddd;]>

The payload above can then be stored as a sheet in a .XLSX document. The attacker can then unzip the .XLSX document and replace the contents of the file xl/worksheets/sheet1.xml with the UTF-7 encoded payload. The document containing the new sheet can then be rezipped.

When the PhpSpreadsheet library processes the newly created .XLSX document, the library makes a request to the URL A successful HTTP request means that the external entity was successfully processed.