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Category:   Application (Forum/Board/Portal)  >   PHP-Nuke Vendors:
PHP-Nuke Input Validation Flaw in 'block-Old_Articles.php' Lets Remote Users Inject SQL Commands
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017511
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-0309   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 19 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jan 15 2007
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, User access via network
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.9 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in PHP-Nuke. A remote user can inject SQL commands.

The '/blocks/block-Old_Articles.php' script does not properly validate user-supplied input in the 'cat' parameter. If register_globals is enabled, a remote user can supply a specially crafted parameter value to execute SQL commands on the underlying database.

Paisterist of [N]eo [S]ecurity [T]eam [NST] discovered this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can execute SQL commands on the underlying database.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  13 Jan 2007 09:53:55 -0000
Subject:  PHP-Nuke <= 7.9 Old-Articles Block

[N]eo [S]ecurity [T]eam [NST] - Advisory 31 - 2007-01-13
Program: PHP-Nuke
Vulnerable Versions: PHP-Nuke <= 7.9
Risk: Medium
Impact: Medium Risk

-==PHP-Nuke <= 7.9 Old-Articles Block "cat" SQL Injection vulnerability==-

- Description
PHP-Nuke is a news automated system specially designed to be used in Intranets and Internet. The Administrator has total control of
 his web site, registered users, and he will have in the hand a powerful assembly of tools to maintain an active and 100% interactive
 web site using databases.

- Tested
localhost & many sites

- Vulnerability Description

In /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php the "cat" variable is not sanitized correctly. Here is the vulnerable code:

==[ /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php 33-40 ]=========================
if ($categories == 1) {
   	$querylang = "where catid='$cat'";
    } else {
	$querylang = "";
	if ($new_topic != 0) {	
	    $querylang = "WHERE topic='$new_topic'";
==[ end /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php 33-40 ]=====================

Note that register_globals must be On, because the "cat" variable is not defined anywhere. Also, the $querylang variable is 
used after to get some database data:

==[ /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php 49 ]=============================
$result = $db->sql_query("SELECT sid, title, time, comments FROM ".$prefix."_stories $querylang ORDER BY time DESC LIMIT $storynum,
==[ end /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php 49]==========================

Then we have a link that contains the data taken from the database:

==[ /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php 94-97-101]=======================
$boxstuff .= "<tr><td valign=\"top\"><strong><big>&middot;</big></strong></td><td> <a href=\"modules.php?name=News&amp;file=article&amp;sid=$sid$r_options\">$title</a>
==[ end /blocks/block-Old_Articles.php 94-97-101 ]==================

So, in resume, if we set "categories" var to 1 by the GET method and then we set "cat" (also by the GET method) to a malicio
us sql code, we can get easily the admin data with a UNION statement. If you don't how to bypass the PHP-Nuke SQL Protection
 just read this advisory:

magic_quotes_gpc php directive must be turned Off so the simple quotes (') are not filtered. Also we have to know the prefix
 used for the database tables ("nuke_" by default).

==Pseudo-Code Proof of Concept exploit==

Neo Security Team - Pseudo-Code Proof of Concept Exploit
PHP-Nuke <= 7.9 Old-Articles Block "cat" SQL Injection vulnerability

$fp = fsockopen($host, $port, $errno, $errstr, 30);

if ($fp) {
    /* we put the GET request on $p variable, with "cid" with the malicious code and "categories" set to 1. */

    fwrite($fp, $p);

    while (!feof($fp)) {
        $content .= fread($fp, 4096);

    preg_match("/([a-z0-9]{32})/", $content, $matches);

    if ($matches[0])
    print "<b>Hash: </b>".$matches[0];
==Pseudo-Code Proof of Concept exploit==

Whit this PoC code i get the md5 hash of the first admin (God) of the nuke_authors table.

- How to fix it? More information?

You can found a patch on

Also, you can modify the source code adding in the /index.php file some like this:

$cat = ($_GET['cat']) ? filter($_GET['cat'], "nohtml") : '';

That's a momentary solution to the problem. I recommend to get the PHP-Nuke 8.0 version.

- References

- Credits
Old-Articles Block SQL Injection discovered by Paisterist -> paisterist[dot]nst [at] gmail[dot]com

[N]eo [S]ecurity [T]eam [NST] -

- Greets
HaCkZaTaN, K4P0, Daemon21, Link, 0m3gA_x, NitRic, LINUX, nitrous, m0rpheus, nikyt0x, KingMetal, Knightmare and the NST community.

Latinoamerica EXISTS!!

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