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Again NULL and addslashes() (now in 123tkshop)
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (full-disclosure () lists netsys com)
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 22:56:40 +0200 (MEST)


Ok, another announce about a php application containing unslashed
SQL-Queries and bad include/require statements.

Several problems in 123tkshop

# What is 123tkshop?
123tkshop is a ecommerce software written in php.
It's providing a full featured online shop.
More information are available at: <http://www.123tkshop.org/>

#### include + NULL problem  ####
# Problem description
There are several include statements which use variables passed by
the user. So if register_globals is on and magic_quotes_gpc is off you
are able to read any file on the webserver:

# So what's the problem with NULL?
If $designNo contains NULL (aka \0 or %00) the include statement ignores
everything after the NULL and includes the file.
Here's some metacode explaining the behavior:
foobar.php looks like this:

Calling the file with the following parameter:

results in (with enabled magic_quotes_gcp):
<br />
<b>Warning</b>:  Failed opening '../bla\0blablubb' for inclusion
(include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in <b>/home/user/public_html/foobar.php</b> on
<b>2</b><br />

This doesn't seem to be exploitable, but what happens, if magic_quotes_gcp
turned off (like on php.ini-recommened, for performance reasons, without
pointing to THIS kind of problem)?:
<br />
<b>Warning</b>:  Failed opening '../bla' for inclusion
(include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in <b>/home/user/public_html/foobar.php</b> on line
<b>2</b><br />

Huh?! Did you get it? Everything after NULL (%00) is ignored!
So what can we do now? We can take a look at the avaiable users:

You can open every file you want. Ok, not every file. It has to be
readable by the http-user, like wwwrun or www.

# And the solution?
One can test, if a file exists with the function file_exists(). This
function doesn't ignore the characters after NULL.
On the other side, one could try to avoid using userdata to open a file.

# Fix?
The author released a new version (0.3.1) that checks _every_ file being
You can download it at <http://www.123tkshop.org/>.
If you aren't able to update an older version, enable
See <http://php.net/security> for further information about securing php

#### missing addslashes() ####

# Problem description
A lot of  data passed (there are just a few exeptions) to  mysqld
is NOT checked for control characters like ', " et al.
So one is able to commit injected sql queries.
The problem exists, when magic_quotes_gpc is turned off.

function_describe_item1.inc.php is one of the dangerous files.

For further information about dangerous sql queries see:
* <http://www.google.com/search?q=sql+injection+problem>

# And the solution?
One can use addslashes() for _every_ data a user enters and is submitted
to the database.
Lazy people hope, that magic_quotes_gpc is enabled. Never expect, that  an
admin configured a webserver correct, try to start the security at
application level.

# Fix?
The author will release a new version ASAP.

##### Credits #####
For the german-speaking folk: <http://bluephod.net/>

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