[ SCL-2005.001 ] - WebCalendar: SQL Injection from encoded cookie

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2005-02-18T00:00:00



                Scovetta Labs Security Advisory

Title: WebCalendar: SQL Injection from encoded cookie Status: Public Release Date: 2005-02-16

Package: WebCalendar Vendor: k5n.us - http://www.k5n.us/webcalendar.php Priority: High Vulnerability: SQL Injection

Affected Versions:

0.9.45 is vulnerable. Previous versions have not been tested.

Background: (official description)

WebCalendar is a PHP-based calendar application that can be configured as a single-user calendar, a multi-user calendar for groups of users, or as an event calendar viewable by visitors. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2, Interbase, MS SQL Server, or ODBC is required. WebCalendar can be downloaded from [1].


WebCalendar is vulnerable to SQL Injection attacks launched through an encoded cookie that is inserted into a request. Using a locally installed version, and an MSSQL back-end database (ODBC), we were able to drop an arbitrary table from the database by launching an attack as a non-authenticated user.


The user_valid_crypt function (includes/user.php) fails to validate that the login name consists of legal characters. This function is called from a validation routine (includes/validate.php), with data derived from the cookie. The cookie is encoded (not encrypted) and consists of data in the following format:

    [login]|[salt][crypt(password, salt)]

When the cookie is decoded, the login is placed into a SQL query and executed. Based on the data returned, the user is either authenticated or otherwise the cookie is cleared and the user is directed to login again.

The vulnerability is exacerbated when the underlying database allows for multiple SQL queries to be executed together, as in:

    select 1; select 2; select 3;


<?php include_once 'includes/init.php'; echo encode_string("'; drop table foo; select 'a|zzabcdefg"); ?>

output: 7c8c3a738e858f4199b6b386743c7c8e906075c47f7b817993414cb6cd \ 94897d7882858abbb8

attack payload:

telnet servername
GET /login.php HTTP/1.1
Cookie: webcalendar_session=7c8c3a738e858f4199b6b386743c7c &#92;


You can mitigate this by using the following diff patch:

39a40 > $login = addslashes($login);

The vendor has released version 0.9.5 which includes a fix for this issue. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of WebCalendar.

Vendor Response:

2005-01-31 - Vulnerability discovered. 2005-02-01 - Vendor contacted. 2005-02-01 - Response received from vendor. 2005-02-09 - Version 1.0RC2 released on vendor site[2]. 2005-02-16 - Advisory released.

Revision History

2005-02-01: Initial Draft 2005-02-14: Public Release [0]


Michael Scovetta of Scovetta Labs discovered this vulnerability.


[0] http://www.scovettalabs.com/advisory/SCL-2005.001.txt [1] http://www.k5n.us/webcalendar.php [2] http://www.k5n.us/files/WebCalendar-1.0RC2.zip


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