TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Samsung SyncThru FileUploadController Directory Traversal Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-15-298: July 13th, 2015


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Samsung SyncThru. By default, authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the FileUploadController servlet exposed by fileupload.html. The issue lies in the failure to sanitize the path of files uploaded, allowing for them to be placed anywhere on the server. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code as SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

Samsung states:

Resolved by: Samsung SyncThu 6 v1.0

Disclosure Timeline

    2015-05-27 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-07-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)