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Marcus S. Xenakis "directory.php" allows arbitrary code execution
From: "Florian Hobelsberger / BlueScreen" <genius28 () gmx de>
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 22:43:40 +0100

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March  10th, 2002
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Marcus S. Xenakis "directory.php" allows arbitrary code execution
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Affected program : directory.php
Vendor: Marcus S. Xenakis (www.xenakis.net)
Vulnerability-Class: Arbitrary Code execution
OS specific : Yes: *nix
Problem-Type : remote




SUMMARY
Marcus S. Xenakis developped some quite nice PHP-Scripts to support some
works with shell commands.
Description of "directory.php" (taken from the source of the script):

// This simple PHP script only runs on a UNIX server.   //
// It is based on the "ls" command.                     //
// It should reside in your web server root directory   //
//                                                      //
// This program reads the directory based upon the      //
// a passed paramter (parm) or the current directory    //
// the program resides in if parm is null.              //

This script could cause a headache for some admins itself because it allows
viewing arbitrary directories.
Futhermore it allows arbitrary code execution caused by missing filters for
"dangerous characters" (like ";"). This is quite the same as the "Unix
Manual PHP Script"-Bug of the same author, which was discovered and fixed
recently.




DETAILS
Marcus S. Xenakis PHP-Scripts very often use simple calls of shell commands:

exec("ls -la $dir",$lines,$rc);

This is quite easy programming but doesn't deal with dangers, that calls of
shell commands can bring.


Bug analysis: Missing filters for Characters like ";"



Impact: It is possible to execute arbitrary code with the rights of the
HTTP-Daemon



Exploit:
In the contrary to the "Unix Manual PHP Script" this script doesn't offer a
form where you can enter the commands. Because of that you have to call the
script directly including the parameter and command you want to execute.

http://www.vulnerableserver.com/directory.php?dir=%3Bmore%20/etc/passwd
will show you the Password File.

http://www.vulnerableserver.com/directory.php?dir=%3Bps+-aux
will show you all running processes.



Solution: Implement a filter which filters dangerous characters, especially
";"



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Vendor has been contacted.




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