Unauthorized file read in mangadex-downloader (CVE-2022-36082)

Unauthorized file read in mangadex-downloader (CVE-2022-36082)
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Imagine, you want to download manga in a batch file uploaded somewhere in the internet, let's say pastebin (https://pastebin.com/raw/URR2sXV0).


And some hacker modify your uploaded file and added some url pointed at your computer files that contain sensitive informations. So the original content that contains URLs pointed at MangaDex, is now become this:


Then you proceed to download from that batch file that has been modified by the hacker and you get error like this

$ mangadex-downloader "file:https://pastebin.com/raw/URR2sXV0"

[ERROR] "{some sensitive info from /etc/passwd}" is not valid MangaDex URL

You might be confused and say

What happened ? I did put the urls correctly and what is this {some sensitive info} appeared on my console ? I didn't remember putting that on my batch file

Congratulations, your sensitive informations have been appeared in the console.

That was part of security vulnerability (CVE-2022-36082) in mangadex-downloader.


Affected versions:

  • 1.3.0
  • 1.4.0
  • 1.5.0
  • 1.6.0
  • 1.6.1
  • 1.6.2
  • 1.7.0
  • 1.7.1

Basically, the app was trying to read whole content from a file that has been uploaded to internet. And if that content is exist-as-a-file in user computer, the app will try to open and read the whole content from that file.

The fatal flaw comes from this function

Code snippet 1

And this

Code snippet 2

As you can see in "Code snippet 2", the app is try to fetch contents from online file. If success, it will call function validate_url() with file_path argument (See "Code snippet 1"). If value file_path is exist-as-a-file in victim computer, it will try to open and read the contents and proceed to validate url for each lines.

And if the url is not passed the validation, the app will throw an error telling the user

[ERROR] {url} is not valid MangaDex URL

That {url} from online file is exposed to victim console. Which is vulnerable to CWE-200.


The contents file must be single line, it doesn't work if the file contains multiple lines. For example:

This will work


Python POV

if os.path.exists("some_super_secret_information.txt"):
    # Do open and read stuff here

This will NOT work


Python POV

if os.path.exists("some_super_secret_information.txt\nhttps://mangadex.org/title/d7037b2a-874a-4360-8a7b-07f2899152fd/mairimashita-iruma-kun\nhttps://mangadex.org/title/77fd8118-61b0-4b1f-95a6-2b839d754f81/tensei-shitara-ken-deshita"):
    # The file will not be read
    # Because it's not exist in victim computer

So who is to blame for ?

Me actually 🙂. I was working on v2.0.0 and refactoring some code that is total mess and i found this function can be exploited. I forgot to change how function validate_url() work since v1.3.0 is released and thus CVE-2022-36082 is born.

From my deepest heart, i apologies.


Install latest version of mangadex-downloader ( >= v1.7.2 ) or if you're too lazy to update, make sure to double check the url that it's safe to download.