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guestbook script is still vulnerable under apache
From: markjr () shmOOze net (Stunt Pope)
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 15:07:41 -0400


Due to what looks to me to be a bug in certain webservers handling of
malformed SSI tags, I believe I've found a potential vulnerability in the
guestbook script at Matt Wright's archive.

Basically, it is still possible to use the SSI method of attack provided
certain conditions are met:

        1) $allow_html is turned on (which it is by default)
        2) whatever file holds the messages (guestbook.html) is
           server parsed
        3) the web server executes a malformed SSI

The script attempts to strip out SSI's with the following regex:

$value =~ s/<!--(.|\n)*-->//g;

Which is fairly easily circumvented by entering:

<!--#exec cmd="/bin/cat /etc/passwd"->

It seems to me that if the resultant page is server parsed, the server
(I'm testing this on Apache 1.2.6) will happily execute the SSI. In fact
it will do it in the absence of a closing tag altogether it seems.

<!--#exec cmd="/bin/cat /etc/passwd"

...also seems to work. So it seems to me that the vulnerability exists
because:

        1) It's assumed an attacker will enter a correctly formed SSI
        2) the httpd executes malformed SSI's

-mark


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Mark Jeftovic                   aka: mark jeff or vic, stunt pope.
markjr () shmOOze net              http://www.shmOOze.net/~markjr
Private World's BOFH            http://www.PrivateWorld.com
irc: L-bOMb                     Keep `em Guessing



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