Published:2015/09/29  Last Updated:2015/09/29

Apache Cordova plugin cordova-plugin-file-transfer vulnerable to HTTP header injection


cordova-plugin-file-transfer, a plugin for Apache Cordova provided by the Apache Software Foundation, contains a HTTP header injection vulnerability.

Products Affected

  • cordova-plugin-file-transfer 1.2.1 and earlier versions


cordova-plugin-file-transfer, a plugin for Apache Cordova provided by the Apache Software Foundation, provides functionality to upload and download files in applications created by Apache Cordova.  It also provides functionality to add HTTP headers.
Android applications that use cordova-plugin-file-transfer contain a HTTP header injection vulnerability due to a flaw in processing file names.


File name inclusion in additional HTTP headers may result in a forged webpage to be displayed on the user's web browser,  arbitrary script execution, or setting arbitrary values for cookies.


Update the plugin and rebuild the application
Update cordova-plugin-file-transfer to 1.3.0 or above versions and rebuild the application.
According to the developer, the updated version is compliant with RFC2616, therefore any non-ASCII characters and control characters will be deleted when adding HTTP headers.

For more information, please refer to the information provided by the developer.

Vendor Status

Vendor Status Last Update Vendor Notes
The Apache Software Foundation Vulnerable 2015/09/29 The Apache Software Foundation website


JPCERT/CC Addendum

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2015.09.29 (CVSS Base Metrics)

What is CVSS?

Measures Severity Description
Access Vector(AV) Local (L) Adjacent Network (A) Network (N) A vulnerability exploitable with network access means the vulnerable software is bound to the network stack and the attacker does not require local network access or local access. Such a vulnerability is often termed "remotely exploitable".
Access Complexity(AC) High (H) Medium (M) Low (L) The access conditions are somewhat specialized.
Authentication(Au) Multiple (M) Single (S) None (N) Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.
Confidentiality Impact(C) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is no impact to the confidentiality of the system.
Integrity Impact(I) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) Modification of some system files or information is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what can be modified, or the scope of what the attacker can affect is limited.
Availability Impact(A) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is no impact to the availability of the system.

Base Score:4.3


Muneaki Nishimura of Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the developer under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.

Other Information

JPCERT Reports
CERT Advisory
CPNI Advisory
CVE CVE-2015-5204
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2015-000142