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GNU Wget FTP Symlink Arbitrary Filesystem Access

This module exploits a vulnerability in Wget when used in recursive (-r) mode with a FTP server as a destination. A symlink is used to allow arbitrary writes to the target's filesystem. To specify content for the file, use the "file:/path" syntax for the TARGET_DATA option. Tested successfully with wget 1.14. Versions prior to 1.16 are presumed vulnerable.

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Module Name



  • hdm <x [at]>



  • Service



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/server/wget_symlink_file_write msf auxiliary(wget_symlink_file_write) > show actions ...actions... msf auxiliary(wget_symlink_file_write) > set ACTION <action-name> msf auxiliary(wget_symlink_file_write) > show options and set options... msf auxiliary(wget_symlink_file_write) > run

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