- Content-Type header 是可以偽造的，所以不可信，要針對檔案類別進行驗證
- 如果檔案有公開存取權限，透過處理程序將應用程式和檔案名稱進行綁定（someid -> file.ext）
- 防範檔案上傳的功能受到 CSRF 攻擊
- [Java 程式碼節錄](#Java 程式碼節錄)
- 針對檔案分析器或處理模組的弱點攻擊（比方說 ImageTrick Exploit 和 XXE）
- 上傳 ZIP bombs 或 XML bombs（也被稱為 billion laughs attack）。或者上傳一個超大的檔案，讓系統容量爆滿，破壞主機的可用性。
- Initiate a DoS attack by requesting lots of files. Requests are small, yet responses are much larger
- File content that could be deemed as illegal, offensive, or dangerous (e.g. personal data, copyrighted data, etc.) which will make you a host for such malicious files.
There is no silver bullet in validating user content. Implementing a defense in depth approach is key to make the upload process harder and more locked down to the needs and requirements for the service. Implementing multiple techniques is key and recommended, as no one technique is enough to secure the service.
Ensure that the validation occurs after decoding the file name, and that a proper filter is set in place in order to avoid certain known bypasses, such as the following:
- Double extensions, e.g.
.jpg.php, where it circumvents easily the regex
- Null bytes, e.g.
.jpggets truncated and
.phpbecomes the new extension
- Generic bad regex that isn’t properly tested and well reviewed. Refrain from building your own logic unless you have enough knowledge on this topic.
Refer to the Input Validation CS to properly parse and process the extension.
只允許使用商業邏輯上極重要的檔案格式，不允許 without allowing any type of non-required extensions. For example if the system requires:
In order to perform this validation, specifying and identifying which patterns that could should be rejected are used in order to protect the service.
The Content-Type for uploaded files is provided by the user, and as such cannot be trusted, as it is trivial to spoof. Although it should not be relied upon for security, it provides a quick check to prevent users from unintentionally uploading files with the incorrect type.
Other than defining the extension of the uploaded file, its MIME-type can be checked for a quick protection against simple file upload attacks.
This can be done preferrably in a whitelist approach; otherwise, this can be done in a blacklist approach.
File Signature Validation
In conjunction with content-type validation, validating the file’s signature can be checked and verified against the expected file that should be received.
This should not be used on its own, as bypassing it is pretty common and easy.
In order to avoid the above mentioned threat, creating a random string as a file-name, such as generating a UUID/GUID, is essential. If the file-name is required by the business needs, proper input validation should be done for client-side (e.g. active content that results in XSS and CSRF attacks) and back-end side (e.g. special files overwrite or creation) attack vectors. File-name length limits should be taken into consideration based on the system storing the files, as each system has its own file name length limit. If user file-names are required, consider implementing the following:
- Restrict characters to an allowed subset specifically, such as alphanumeric characters, hyphen, spaces, and periods
- If this is not possible, blacklist dangerous characters that could endanger the framework and system that is storing and using the files.
As mentioned in the Public File Retrieval section, file content can contain malicious, inappropriate, or illegal data.
Based on the expected type, special file content validation can be applied:
- For images, applying image rewriting techniques destroys any kind of malicious content injected in an image; this could be done through randomization.
- For Microsoft documents, the usage of Apache POI helps validating the uploaded documents.
- ZIP files are not recommended since they can contain all types of files, and the attack vectors pertaining to them are numerous.
The File Upload service should allow users to report illegal content, and copyright owners to report abuse.
If there are enough resources, manual file review should be conducted in a sandboxed environment before releasing the files to the public.
Adding some automation to the review could be helpful, which is a harsh process and should be well studied before its usage. Some services (e.g. Virus Total) provide APIs to scan files against well known malicious file hashes. Some frameworks can check and validate the raw content type and validating it against predefined file types, such as in ASP.NET Drawing Library. Beware of data leakage threats and information gathering by public services.
The location where the files should be stored must be chosen based on security and business requirements. The following points are set by security priority, and are inclusive:
- Store the files on a different host, which allows for complete segragation of duties between the application serving the user, and the host handling file uploads and their storage.
- Store the files outside the webroot, where only administrative access is allowed.
- Store the files inside the webroot, and set them in write permissions only.
- If read access is required, setting proper controls is a must (e.g. internal IP, authorized user, etc.)
Storing files in a studied manner in databases is one additional technique. This is sometimes used for automatic backup processes, non file-system attacks, and permissions issues. In return, this opens up the door to performance issues (in some cases), storage considerations for the database and its backups, and this opens up the door to SQLi attack. This is advised only when a DBA is on the team and that this process shows to be an improvement on storing them on the file-system.
Some files are emailed or processed once they are uploaded, and are not stored on the server. It is essential to conduct the security measures discussed in this sheet before doing any actions on them.
Before any file upload service is accessed, proper validation should occur on two levels for the user uploading a file:
- Authentication level
- The user should be a registered user, or an identifiable user, in order to set restrictions and limitations for their upload capabilities
- Authorization level
- The user should have appropriate permissions to access or modify the files
Set the files permissions on the principle of least privilege.
Files should be stored in a way that ensures:
- Allowed system users are the only ones capable of reading the files
- Required modes only are set for the file
- If execution is required, scanning the file before running it is required as a security best practice, to ensure that no macros or hidden scripts are available.
If the system is going to extract the files or process them, the file size limit should be considered after file decompression is conducted and by using secure methods to calculate zip files size. For more on this, see how to Safely extract files from ZipInputStream, Java’s input stream to handle ZIP files.
The application should set proper request limits as well for the download service if available to protect the server from DoS attacks.
Dominique 所撰寫的 Document Upload Protection
Document Upload Protection repository written by Dominique for certain document types in Java.