SugarCRM <= 13.0.1 (GetControl) Server-Side Template Injection Vulnerability

• Affected Versions:

Version 13.0.1 and prior versions.

Version 12.0.3 and prior versions.

• Vulnerability Description:

There is a sort of Server-Side Template Injection (SSTI) vulnerability affecting the “GetControl” action from the “Import” module. User input passed through the “field_name” parameter is not properly sanitized before being used to construct the path of the template to include. As such, this can be abused to include and execute arbitrary PHP code through Path Traversal attacks.

• Proof of Concept:

• Solution:

Upgrade to version 13.0.2, 12.0.4, or later.

• Disclosure Timeline:

[23/04/2023] – Vendor notified

[21/09/2023] – Fixed versions released

[06/10/2023] – CVE identifier requested

[26/10/2023] – Publication of this advisory

[27/10/2023] – CVE identifier assigned

• CVE Reference:

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CVE-2023-46816 to this vulnerability.

• Credits:

Vulnerability discovered by Egidio Romano.

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