Blind OS Command Execution

Impact: High


Blind OS Command Execution, also known as Command Injection, is a severe vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary commands on the host operating system without any direct feedback on the command output. Attackers exploit this vulnerability by injecting malicious commands through forms, cookies, or HTTP headers. These commands run with the privileges of the vulnerable application, leading to unauthorized access, data theft, and system compromise.


To prevent Blind OS Command Execution attacks, developers should utilize language-specific APIs instead of executing shell commands directly. Input validation is crucial to filter out malicious characters. Implementing a positive security model, where only known safe characters are allowed, is an effective approach to mitigate this vulnerability. Additionally, consider implementing comprehensive logging and monitoring to detect and respond to potential command injection attempts.


Last updated on May 13, 2024

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