Two Easy RCE in Atlassian Products

It was a long time from my last article. It was so many interesting results in my work. Seems that it's right time to share my knowledge and experience with you. But first, I wanna inform that two issues in that article well known. And both of that have CVE numbers with patches and software updates. So maybe you will be lucky to find old versions in your testing scope.

And I don't want to make hype on that article as Avinash Jain with old Jira vulnerability in Shared filters. From my perspective, it's a shame to make such hype around a bug with a questionable impact which was known for a long time ago.

When it was discovered, I found first that video from Knownsec 404 team

But from that time it was no POC for exploitation.

But next, I found nice research from ruvlol where he discovered pretty well that the root of the problem in ContactAdministrators!default.jspa form. Also from his article, it was simple to understand that Knownsec 404 team was mistaken in numbers of affected instances. To find all public instances with such functionality you just need to search for :


So the exploitation process is very simple.

  1. Check from the dashboard page that your Jira instance supports Contact Administrator form.

2. Next, it's better to check the accessibility of that page from URL like:!default.jspa

3. Prepare your BurpCollaborator or your server for getting request as POC. I used ngrok tunnel. And fill in the contact form with that payload.


That payload making just simple curl request to your server.

4. Confirm your results with getting a request from Vulnerable Jira environment.

For this issue to be exploitable at least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • an SMTP server has been configured in Jira and the Contact Administrators Form is enabled; or
  • an SMTP server has been configured in Jira and an attacker has “JIRA Administrators” access.

So now you know how to make such easy RCE attack in vulnerable Jira environment if your version is still vulnerable. You can check affected versions here.

That fresh vulnerability came to me with one target where I did a security assessment. And it was some signs that my testing target could be vulnerable due RCE via Widget Connector. With such type of vulnerabilities, it's hard to make good POC. Because of the complexity of that issue. I spent a few time to understand the root of the problem from Knownsec 404 team in their article. And I can say that it's so exciting to understand such research articles and see some results on your environment.

So I reproduced all steps on company Confluence. It was a valid issue and the entire server was shut down as vulnerable for mitigation work.

Here is my POC:

  1. So first it’s an issue with Widget Connector. Which can lead to RCE on the server. Better to check first is your version still vulnerable due to that issue. If yes. Go next.

Just find a Youtube video to insert, click Preview, use Burpsuite to capture the package.

2. Try to make such POST request with malicious payload in _template parameter. Also if you don’t have access to your confluence — just try to craft your request from my mock in that article. And don't forget to renew Cookie header.

POST /rest/tinymce/1/macro/preview HTTP/1.1Referer: application/json; charset=utf-8Cookie: BIGipServerrb-p_cp-confluence_https_pool=!BUsntvn1os/4xuQWbHAsuN+1fsz22TIKPNFouw==;JSESSIONID=E3A43CEFE1932634CD80E301057C379DAccept: */*Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflateContent-Length: 173Host: confluence.yourtarget.comUser-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/73.0.3683.103 Safari/537.36Connection: Keep-alive

As you see I was requested for /WEB-INF/web.xml. When I was confirmed with the Windows environment on the other side. I was requested for file:///C:/Windows/ directory. And in an embedded object, I found a list of all data inside from the server.

And the final step will be to execute the command. But at this point, it was enough to show valid POC for the company where I did a security assessment.

As you see both Atlassian RCE is pretty simple to exploit. And all you need now is to have the "right" vulnerable version of the Atlassian products ;)

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