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Information Disclosure in TYPO3 Extension ke_questionnaire

The TYPO3 extension ke_questionnaire stores answered questionnaires in a publicly reachable directory on the webserver with filenames that are easily guessable.


  • Product: ke_questionnaire
  • Affected Versions: 2.5.2 (possibly all versions)
  • Fixed Versions: unknown
  • Vulnerability Type: Information Disclosure
  • Security Risk: medium
  • Vendor URL:
  • Vendor Status: notified
  • Advisory URL:
  • Advisory Status: published
  • CVE: CVE-2014-8874
  • CVE URL:


“The TYPO3 extension kequestionnaire allows to easily and quickly create and evaluate individual questionnaires online in any TYPO3 website.”

(translated from the official website of ke_questionnaire)

More Details

Files containing the answered questionnaires are stored in the “typo3temp” directory within the TYPO3 installation. As the source code of the ke_questionnaire extension shows, the filename of an answered questionnaire is solely based on the questionnaire ID and the user ID of the user who created the questionnaire.

Source code (shortened): .. code:

function init() {

    $this->temp_file = \
function createSchedulerTask(){
    $myVars = $GLOBALS['BE_USER']->getSessionData('tx_kequestionnaire');
    $file_path = PATH_site.'typo3temp/'.$this->temp_file;

A valid URL that returns the answers to a questionnaire could look like the following:

Proof of Concept

Using the tool wfuzz ( it is possible to search for answers to questionnaires on a TYPO3 site that employs ke_questionnaire:

$ python -c -z range,14000-15000 -z range,1-10 --hc 301 \


The webserver config should deny access to answered questionnaire files, for example by adding an .htaccess file that limits access to tx_kequestionnaire* files (this may hinder online evaluation of the questionnaires).


No official fix available.

Security Risk

Depending on the questions in the questionnaire the answered questionnaires may contain personal information including participants' full names, addresses and so on. The risk therefore strongly depends on the information supplied in the questionnaires. Since this information will at least often contain email addresses, it is rated as at least a medium risk.


  • 2014-04-21 Vulnerability identified
  • 2014-04-30 Customer approved disclosure to vendor
  • 2014-05-13 Vendor notified
  • 2014-05-20 Vendor works with TYPO3 security team on a fix
  • 2014-06-15 Vendor releases updated version which according to them
    does not fix the issue
  • 2014-10-08 TYPO3 security team says the issue is still unresolved
  • 2014-11-04 Vendor continues to release updated versions, no response
    whether the security issue is fixed
  • 2014-11-14 CVE number assigned
  • 2014-12-01 Advisory released

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