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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>
Summary: phpBB 2.0.6 and below sql injection.
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)
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
There is SQL injection in $search_results variable when performing search
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.
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
to login to phpBB without need to crack the password.
Turn Off register_global in php.ini.
Proof of concept
5 February 2004 : security () phpbb com have been contacted but no response
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- [SCAN Associates Sdn Bhd Security Advisory] phpBB 2.0.6 and below sql injection pokley (Mar 14)