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Category:   Application (Forum/Board/Portal)  >   PHP-Nuke Vendors:
PHP-Nuke Input Validation Error in Search Module Lets Remote Users Inject SQL Commands
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015215
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 15 2005
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.8 and prior versions
Description:   sp3x from reported a vulnerability in PHP-Nuke. A remote user can inject SQL commands.

The 'Search' module does not properly validate user-supplied input in the search query field. A remote user can supply a specially crafted parameter value to execute SQL commands on the underlying database.

Some demonstration exploit values are provided:

s%') UNION SELECT 0,user_id,username,user_password,0,0,0,0,0,0 FROM nuke_users/* -> users passwords and logins

s%') UNION SELECT 0,pwd,name,aid,0,0,0,0,0,0 FROM nuke_authors/* -> nuke_authors passwords and logins

A demonstration exploit is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can execute SQL commands on the underlying database.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (7.9), available at:

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:  Critical SQL Injection PHPNuke <= 7.8

Hash: SHA1
SecurityAlert SA027
Author: sp3x
Date: 15. November 2005
Affected software :
PHPNuke version : 7.8 with all security fixes/patches
Not Affected software :
PHPNuke version : 7.9 + patch 3.1
Description :
PHP-Nuke is a Web Portal System, storytelling software, News system, online community or whatever you want to call it. The goal of PHP-Nuke is to have an automated web site to distribute news and articles with users system. Each user can submit comments

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