[Full-disclosure] Advisory: Authentication bypass in phpBannerExchange

2006-06-15T00:00:00
ID SECURITYVULNS:DOC:13200
Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2006-06-15T00:00:00

Description

Advisory: Authentication bypass in phpBannerExchange

RedTeam identified two SQL injections in phpBannerExchange. It is possible to bypass user authentication with them.

Details

Product: phpBannerExchange Affected Versions: All versions up to phpBannerExchange 2.0 RC5 Fixed Versions: 2.0 RC6 Vulnerability Type: SQL injections Security-Risk: medium Vendor-URL: http://www.eschew.net/scripts/phpbe/2.0/ Vendor-Status: informed, fixed version released Advisory-URL: http://www.redteam-pentesting.de/advisories/rt-sa-2006-004.txt Advisory-Status: public CVE: CVE-2006-3012 CVE-URL: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-3012

Introduction

From the vendor's homepage: phpBannerExchange is a PHP/mySQL script that allows virtually anyone with minimal knowledge of PHP, mySQL and web hosting to run their own banner exchange.

More Details

In file "client/stats.php" the variables $login and $pass are not sanitized at all.

[...] 42 $login=$_REQUEST['login']; 43 $pass=$_REQUEST['pass']; [...]

If plaintext password are allowed ($usemd5 != "Y"), following SQL query is used:

[...] 59 $result = mysql_query("select * from banneruser where login='$login' AND pass='$pass'"); [...]

By passing the special character "'" it is possible to alter the SQL query and bypass authentication.

A similar vulnerability exists in "admin/stats.php":

[...] 49 $login=$_SESSION['login']; 50 $pass=$_SESSION['pass']; [...] 54 $result = mysql_query("select * from banneradmin where adminuser='$login' AND adminpass='$encpw'"); [...]

Proof of Concept

User login or administrator login: Use "'or''='" for both login name and password. You will be authenticated as the first user/admin in the database.

Workaround

Use PHP Magic Quotes.

Fix

Upgrade to version 2.0 RC6

Security Risk

The security risk is high because an attacker could gain access to an administrator account and view and alter the database and hereby compromise the whole application.

History

2006-06-09 Discovery of the problem 2006-06-10 Vendor is informed 2006-06-12 Vendor releases fixed version

References

[1] http://www.eschew.net/scripts/phpbe/2.0/

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