Kaltura Video Platform - Pre-Auth Remote Code Execution (and XSS)

During an interal pentest several critical vulnerabilities could be identified in the latest version of Kaltura Community and Enterprise. The vulnerabilities were fixed in the latest release 13.2.0.

Update: A proof of concept exploit can be found here.

View the full advisory

                          Telekom Security

     Advisory: Kaltura - Remote Code Execution and Cross-Site Scripting
 Release Date: 2017/09/12
       Author: Robin Verton (robin.verton@telekom.de)
          CVE: CVE-2017-14141, CVE-2017-14142, CVE-2017-14143

  Application: Kaltura <= 13.1.0
         Risk: Critical
Vendor Status: Kaltura 13.2.0 was released to fix this vulnerabilities.


  Quote from Wikipedia:
  "Kaltura is a New York-based software company founded in 2006. Kaltura states
   that its mission is to power any video experience. Kaltura operates in four
   major markets for video based solutions: Cloud TV (AKA OTT TV) for operators
   and media companies, OVP (Online Video Platform) offered mostly to media
   companies and brands looking to distribute content or monetize it, EdVP
   (Education Video Platform) offered to educational institutions who are
   increasingly relying on video as for teaching and learning, and EVP
   (Enterprise Video Platform) offered to enterprises who use video for
   collaboration, communications and marketing."

  Kaltura is installed on a lot of high profiles website like banking websites,
  universities, manufacturers, multimedia corporations etc.

  Multiple vulnerabilities were identified in the current release of the
  Kaltura Video platform. It was discovered that Kaltura passes unfiltered user
  input to unserialize(), leading to the execution of PHP code. One of this
  vulnerabilities can also be triggered unauthenticated. Several other
  Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities were found.


  1) Unauthenticated Remote Code Execution through unserialize() from cookie data

    Because of a hardcoded cookie secret, the cookie signature validation can
    be bypassed and malicious user input can be passed via the 'userzone' cookie
    to the unserialize() function:

    abstract class kalturaAction extends sfAction
        private $cookieSecret = 'y3tAno3therS$cr3T';

        // [...]
        protected function getUserzoneCookie() 
            $cookie = $this->getContext()->getRequest()->getCookie('userzone');
            $length = strlen($cookie);
            if ($length <= 0)
                return null;
            $serialized_data = substr($cookie, 0, $length - 32);
            $hash_signiture = substr($cookie, $length - 32);
            // check the signiture
            if (md5($serialized_data . $this->cookieSecret) != $hash_signiture)
                return null;
            $userzone_data = unserialize(base64_decode($serialized_data));

    To pass this validation the base64 encoded serialized object has to be
    hashed and this hash appended to the encoded data. A Zend Framework POP
    chain [1] can then be used to execute PHP code when unserializing. When
    using PHP7 a different chain has to be used because the e-modifier for
    preg_replace is not available anymore.

    To execute the getUserzoneCookie() function the getAllEntriesAction has to
    be called with a valid entry ID. This ID can be obtained from any public
    video object which is embedded and typically begins with '0_'.

  2) Authenticated Remote Code Execution through unserialize() in the admin panel

    The admin panel provides a few 'Developer System Helper' functions to
    encode/decode user supplied data. The 'wiki_decode' function will take user
    input and pass it nearly untouched to unserialize():

    // slightly formatted for better readability
    if ( $algo == "wiki_encode" )
		$res = str_replace(
            array ( "|" , "/") , array ("|01" , "|02"),

    By passing a base64 encoded malicious serialized object, PHP code can be

  3) Multiple Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities under the API path

    A few cross-site scripting vulnerabilities were found earlier this year and
    fixed [2]. However, this fix was insufficient because PHPs strip_tags()
    function only strips tags and is not adequate to secure against XSS
    vulnerabilities. There are a few places where this can be exploited to
    inject javascript code:

    // server/admin_console/web/tools/bigRedButton.php, line 8
    $partnerId = strip_tags($_GET['partnerId']);

    // [...]

		var partnerId = <?php echo $partnerId; ?>;

    As can be seen above no tags need to be inserted here to execute javascript
    code. A simple partnerId=alert(1) will be executed in this scenario. This
    also affects a few other files.

        - $_GET['partnerId']
        - $_GET['playerVersion']

        - $_GET['partnerId']
        - $_GET['playerVersion']
        - $_GET['secret']
        - $_GET['entryId']
        - $_GET['adminUiConfId']
        - $_GET['uiConfId']

        - $_GET['streamUsername']
        - $_GET['streamPassword']
        - $_GET['streamRemoteId']
        - $_GET['streamRemoteBackupId']
        - $_GET['entryId']

        - $_GET['entryId']

        - $_GET['partnerId']
        - $_GET['playerVersion']

Additional notes:

  The already published Server Side Request Forgery attack [3] was not fixed
  properly, because only an additional check for the http(s) protocol was added.
  This still allows to talk to some backend services (like the memcached) or
  other machines. There is a whitelist in place to make this more secure, but I
  could not find a way how to set this up. This is likely responsible for a
  lot of insecure default installations of Kaltura in the wild.


  [1]: https://www.owasp.org/images/9/9e/Utilizing-Code-Reuse-Or-Return-Oriented-Programming-In-PHP-Application-Exploits.pdf
  [2]: https://github.com/kaltura/server/pull/5304/files
  [3]: http://www.security-assessment.com/files/documents/advisory/Kaltura-Multiple-Vulns.pdf


  It is recommended to upgrade to the latest version of Kaltura.

Disclosure Timeline:

  16. August     2017 - Notified vendor
  22. August     2017 - Remote Command Execution vulnerabilities fixed
  05. September  2017 - Cross-Site scripting vulnerabilities fixed
  11. September  2017 - Kaltura 13.2.0 released
  12. September  2017 - Released advisory

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