dotCMS and file include

dotcms-index-macrosdetail-file-include (44491) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


dotCMS could allow a remote attacker to include arbitrary files. A remote attacker could send a specially-crafted URL request to the and scripts using the id parameter to specify a malicious file from the local system, which could allow the attacker to obtain sensitive information or execute arbitrary code on the vulnerable Web server.

Note: In order to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code, the attacker would first be required to upload a malicious file or inject arbitrary commands into an existing file.


Base Score: 6.8
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: Partial
Temporal Score: 5
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest version of dotCMS (1.6.5 rc1 or later), available from the dotCMS Web site. See References.


  • BID-30703: dotCMS 'id' Parameter Multiple Local File Include Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2008-3708: Multiple directory traversal vulnerabilities in dotCMS allow remote attackers to read arbitrary files via a .. (dot dot) in the id parameter to (1) news/ and (2) getting_started/macros/
  • OSVDB ID: 47548: dotCMS news/ id Parameter Traversal Local File Inclusion
  • OSVDB ID: 47549: dotCMS getting_started/macros/ id Parameter Traversal Local File Inclusion
  • SA31516: dotCMS Two File Disclosure Vulnerabilities

Platforms Affected:

  • dotCMS dotCMS 1.6


Aug 15, 2008

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