SRC-2016-0019 : ATutor LMS get_course_icon File Disclosure Remote Code Execution Vulnerability



CVSS Score:

6.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Affected Vendors:


Affected Products:

ATutor 2.2.1 is confirmed, other versions may also be affected.

Vulnerability Details:

This vulnerability may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of ATutor. Authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability however authentication bypass vulnerabilities are known and remote registration is open by default.

The specific flaw exist in the ‘get_course_icon.php’ script. An attacker can store an arbitrary file in the database using the ‘’ script which is later used to disclose arbitrary files on the target system, readable by the web server. An attacker can combine this with other vulnerabilities to achieve remote code execution.

Vendor Response:

ATutor has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline:

  • 2016-03-20 – Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2016-03-23 – Vendor confirmed issue
  • 2016-03-23 – Vendor releases a patch
  • 2016-03-23 – Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by Steven Seeley of Source Incite