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cordova-plugin-file-transfer release: September 21, 2015
21 Sep 2015

A medium security issue was discovered for cordova-plugin-file-transfer plugin. We are releasing version 1.3.0 of cordova-plugin-file-transfer to address this security issue. We recommend that all applications currently using an older version of this plugin to upgrade as soon as possible.

You can update the plugin by removing it, and then re-adding it.

E.g. To update your file-transfer plugin:

cordova plugin rm cordova-plugin-file-transfer --save
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-file-transfer --save

The security issue is CVE-2015-5204.

For your convenience, the text of the CVE is included here:

CVE-2015-5204: HTTP header injection vulerability in Apache Cordova File Transfer Plugin for Android

Severity: Medium

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: Cordova Android File Transfer Plugin (1.2.1 and below)

Description: Android applications built with the Cordova framework that use the File Transfer Plugin can have the HTTP headers set by that plugin be manipulated by the filename being uploaded. This allows for for cookies to be forged by the Cordova application, or for the file payload to be replaced in some situations. Remotely hosted applications and applications developed with Cordova that allow the user to manually enter the filename are especially vulnerable to this issue.

Upgrade path: Developers who are concerned about this issue should install version 1.3.0 or higher of the Cordova File Transfer Plugin and rebuild their applications. This plugin now conforms with RFC-2616 and no longer allows non-ASCII characters and control characters in header names or values. Any non-ASCII characters will be removed from the header. Developers should be aware, and encode these characters before adding the values to the header.

Credit: This issue was discovered by Muneaki Nishimura (Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc.)


  • Found issue where : is accepted as a valid header, this is obviously wrong
  • CB-9562 Fixed incorrect headers handling on Android
  • Fixing headers so they don't accept non-ASCII
  • updated tests to use cordova apache vm
  • CB-9493 Fix file paths in file-transfer manual tests
  • CB-8816 Add cdvfile:// support on windows
  • CB-9376 Fix FileTransfer plugin manual tests issue - 'undefined' in paths