X41 D-Sec GmbH Security Advisory: X41-2017-009

Remote command execution in Shadowsocks auto-ss


Severity Rating: High

Confirmed Affected Versions: 0.1.3

Confirmed Patched Versions: N/A

Vendor: Steven Han

Vendor URL: https://github.com/kirk91/ss-link-auto

Vector: Network

Credit: X41 D-Sec GmbH, Niklas Abel

Status: Public

CVE: Not assgined yet

CWE: 78

CVSS Score: 7.8


Advisory-URL: https://www.x41-dsec.de/lab/advisories/x41-2017-007-shadowsocks_auto-ss/

Summary and Impact

The Shadowsocks wrapper "auto-ss" logs into the website "https://www.ss-link.com/login" and parses a table with Shadowsocks login credentials and information. It starts Shadowsocks to create a connection with the parsed credentials and server. When spawning a Shadowsocks connection, the lines 106-109 of auto_ss.py execute: " p = subprocess.Popen( "exec " + ss_local_cmd, shell=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT ) "

If an attacker is able to modify "https://www.ss-link.com" due to a man in the middle attack or a vulnerability on the web page, the parameters could get modified to execute a command on the machine running ShadowSocks auto-ss. E.g. ";#" could be attached to or used as an parameter to execute code on target machines.

Product Description

Auto-ss is a tool to distribute Shadowssocks server configurations. It is not part of Shadowsocks itself.


There is no workaround available, do not use auto-ss until a patch is released. Passing untrusted input as arguments to shell commands should be avoided.

About X41 D-Sec GmbH

X41 D-Sec is a provider of application security services. We focus on application code reviews, design review and security testing. X41 D-Sec GmbH was founded in 2015 by Markus Vervier. We support customers in various industries such as finance, software development and public institutions.


2017-09-29 Issues found

2017-10-05 Vendor contacted via mail

2017-11-07 Vendor contacted via GitHub

2017-12-07 Deadline for public release has been reached

2017-12-15 CVE ID requested

2017-12-18 Created public issue on GitHub

2017-12-18 Advisory release

Author: Niklas Abel
Date: December 18, 2017