ProFTPd Arbitrary File Copy Vulnerability (CVE-2019-12815) Threat Alert

ProFTPd Arbitrary File Copy Vulnerability (CVE-2019-12815) Threat Alert

agosto 12, 2019 | Adeline Zhang


Recently, an official security bulletin was released to announce the remediation of an arbitrary file copy vulnerability (CVE-2019-12815) in ProFTPd. This vulnerability lies in the custom SITE CPFR and SITE CPTO operations in the mod_copy module. By issuing the two commands to ProFTPd, an attacker can copy any file on the FTP server without permission.

For details about the vulnerability, please visit the following link:

About ProFTPd

ProFTPd is an open-source and cross-platform FTP server which is compatible with most UNIX-like systems and Windows systems. With more than one million users, ProFTPd is among the most popular FTP servers. The affected mod_copy module is enabled by default on most UNIX distributions (such as Debian).

NSFOCUS’s Alert Level: [Blue]

For the definition of NSFOCUS’s alert levels, see “Description of NSFOCUS’s Security Alert Levels.”

Affected Versions

  • ProFTPd <= 1.3.5b

 Unaffected Versions

  • ProFTPd 1.3.6


The vendor has released ProFTPd 1.3.6 to fix this vulnerability. Affected users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.

If users cannot upgrade immediately, they can disable the mod_copy module for temporary protection.

The vulnerable code in ProFTPd 1.3.5 is fixed as follows:

ProFTPd 1.3.6 is available at the following link:

Description of NSFOCUS’s Security Alert Levels

Level Description Delivery of Technical Analysis Result Availability of Detection & Protection Rule Update
Red The vulnerability has an extensive and damaging impact, and is easy to exploit. Within 12 hours Within 16 hours
Orange The vulnerability has a comparatively extensive and damaging impact, and is comparatively easy to exploit. Within 12 hours Within 16 hours
Yellow The vulnerability has a controllable impact within a controllable scope, and is difficult to exploit. Within 12 hours Within 16 hours
Blue The vulnerability has a minor impact within a small scope, and is very difficult to exploit. On a weekly routine


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