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[SCAN Associates Sdn Bhd Security Advisory] phpBB 2.0.6 and below sql injection
From: pokley <pokleyzz () scan-associates net>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 02:32:20 +0800

Products: phpBB 2.0.6 and below (http://www.phpbb.com)
Found date: 4 January 2004
Publish date: 15 March 2004
Author:  pokleyzz <pokleyzz_at_scan-associates.net>
Contributors: sk_at_scan-associates.net
shaharil_at_scan-associates.net
munir_at_scan-associates.net
URL: http://www.scan-associates.net

Summary: phpBB 2.0.6 and below sql injection.

Description
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phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customisable open-source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.(from phpbb.com)

Details
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We have found sql injection vulnerabilities in phpBB which is exploitable when register_global is set to "On" in php configuration.

SQL Injection in search.php
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There is SQL injection in $search_results variable when performing search in phpBB
on line 711 when  $show_results variable not set to 'posts' or 'topics'.

$sql = "SELECT t.*, f.forum_id, f.forum_name, u.username, u.user_id, u2.username as user2, u2.user_id as id2, p.post_username, p2.post_username AS post_username2, p2.post_time FROM " . TOPICS_TABLE . " t, " . FORUMS_TABLE . " f, " . USERS_TABLE . " u, " . POSTS_TABLE . " p, " . POSTS_TABLE . " p2, " . USERS_TABLE . " u2
                                WHERE t.topic_id IN ($search_results)
                                        AND t.topic_poster = u.user_id
                                        AND f.forum_id = t.forum_id
                                        AND p.post_id = t.topic_first_post_id
                                        AND p2.post_id = t.topic_last_post_id
                                        AND u2.user_id = p2.poster_id";



One of the table which is selected in this "SELECT" query is users table. This can be use to determine admin hash by guesting whether certain query is true or false with search result for MySQL 3. With autologin feature in phpbb attacker can generate cookies
to login to phpBB without need to crack the password.

Quick Solution
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Turn Off register_global in php.ini.

Proof of concept
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[http://www.scan-associates.net/papers/gemuruh-v2.php.txt]

Vendor Response
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5 February 2004 : security () phpbb com have been contacted but no response given.

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