Distributed Ruby (dRuby/DRb) Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities

Published: 2016-10-28 09:47:00

CVSS Base Vector:
AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Summary:
Systems using Distributed Ruby (dRuby/DRb), which is available in Ruby versions 1.6 and later, may permit unauthorized systems to execute distributed commands.

Detection Method:
Send a crafted command to the service and check for a remote command execution via the instance_eval or syscall requests.

Impact:
By default, Distributed Ruby does not impose restrictions on allowed hosts or set the $SAFE environment variable to prevent privileged activities. If other controls are not in place, especially if the Distributed Ruby process runs with elevated privileges, an attacker could execute arbitrary system commands or Ruby scripts on the Distributed Ruby server. An attacker may need to know only the URI of the listening Distributed Ruby server to submit Ruby commands.

Recommendations:
Administrators of environments that rely on Distributed Ruby should ensure that appropriate controls are in place. Code-level controls may include: - Implementing taint on untrusted input - Setting $SAFE levels appropriately (>=2 is recommended if untrusted hosts are allowed to submit Ruby commands, and >=3 may be appropriate) - Including drb/acl.rb to set ACLEntry to restrict access to trusted hosts

Solution Type:
Mitigation

Detection Type:
Remote Vulnerability

SecurityFocus Bugtraq ID:

https://www.securityfocus.com/bid/47071

References:

https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/viewAlert.x?alertId=22750
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/47071
http://blog.recurity-labs.com/archives/2011/05/12/druby_for_penetration_testers/
http://www.ruby-doc.org/stdlib-1.9.3/libdoc/drb/rdoc/DRb.html

Severity
High
CVSS Score
10.0
Published
2016-10-28
Modified
2018-11-13
Category
Gain a shell remotely

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