Beware of File Upload Vulnerability in IBM Planning Analytics Local

CVECVE-2023-42017
CVSScvssV3_1: 8
SourceCVE-2023-42017

IBM Planning Analytics Local, a tool used for budgeting and planning, contains a vulnerability that could allow attackers to upload malicious files.

The issue arises due to lack of proper validation of file extensions when files are uploaded. By crafting a specially designed HTTP request, a remote attacker could potentially upload a file with a hidden executable extension.

Once uploaded, if the file is executed it could allow the attacker to run malicious code on the affected system. This could lead to compromise of sensitive data or complete takeover of the server.

To carry out such an attack, hackers only need to find a way to trick users into uploading files or gain access to an exposed upload page. No other interaction would be needed.

The best way to protect yourself is to ensure you are running the latest version of IBM Planning Analytics Local which fixes this file upload validation problem. It’s also advisable to have strong access controls on upload pages and scan all uploaded files with antivirus software before opening.

Staying on top of software updates and practicing basic cybersecurity hygiene is key to avoiding such vulnerabilities. If you use this tool, make sure to update it at the earliest to remove the risks.

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