Ruby On Rails Path Traversal Vulnerability(CVE-2018-3760)

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Ruby On Rails is a well-known Ruby Web development framework, which uses Sprockets as a static file server in development environment. Sprockets is a Ruby library that compiles and distributes static resource files.

There is a path traversal vulnerability caused by secondary decoding in Sprockets 3.7.1 and lower versions. An attacker can use %252e%252e/ to access the root directory and read or execute any file on the target server.

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Environment setup

Enter the following command:

docker-compose up -d

Visit http://your-ip:3000 and you'll see the welcome page.


It will give an error by visiting http://your-ip:3000/assets/file:%2f%2f/etc/passwd directly, as the file /etc/passwd is not in the allowed directory.

We can get a list of allowed directories by the error page. Just select one of them, such as /usr/src/blog/app/assets/images, then use %252e%252e/ to jump to the parent directory, and finally read the file /etc/passwd:


Copied From: vulhub/rails/CVE-2018-3760