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AeroCMS RCE (CVE-2022-27061)

cve-2022 | Level: Easy  | Total Lab Runs: 0 | Premium Lab

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What is AeroCMS? 

Aero / AeroCMS is a simple and easy to use CMS (Content Management System) designed to create fast and powerful web applications. Aero is built with OOP (Object Oriented Programming) PHP which is known for fast website loading speeds.


What is CVE-2022-27061? 

AeroCMS v0.1.1 and below are vulnerable to arbitrary file upload which leads to RCE. 


Lab Environment 

In this lab environment, the user is going to get access to a Kali GUI instance. A AeroCMS instance vulnerable to Arbitrary File Upload which leads to Remote Code Execution (RCE), identified by CVE-2022-27061, is running on the target server. It can be accessed using the tools installed on Kali at http://demo.ine.local. 

Objective: Leverage the vulnerable AeroCMS instance to exploit the file upload vulnerability as an authenticated user and execute a command/code on the target server. 

The following credentials might be helpful: 

Username: admin 

Password: password 


  • This lab is dedicated to you! No other users are on this network :) 

  • Once you start the lab, you will have access to a root terminal of a Kali instance

  • Your Kali has an interface with IP address 192.X.Y.2. Run "ip addr" to know the values of X and Y.

  • The target application should be accessible at http://demo.ine.local

  • Do not attack the gateway located at IP address 192.X.Y.1

The following activities are strictly prohibited on this website unless otherwise explicitly stated as allowed in the mission statement:

  • Using automated scanners
  • Using brute force attacks
  • Denial of Service attacks
  • Attacking other student machines in challenges where you might achieve a shell on the vulnerable system
  • Attacking the lab infrastructure

Users violating the above will be either temporarily or permanently banned from the website. 

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