BugTraq
[KIS-2013-09] Vanilla Forums <= 2.0.18.5 (class.utilitycontroller.php) PHP Object Injection Vulnerability Oct 07 2013 06:01AM
Egidio Romano (research karmainsecurity com)
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Vanilla Forums <= 2.0.18.5 (class.utilitycontroller.php) PHP Object
Injection Vulnerability
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[-] Software Link:

http://vanillaforums.org/

[-] Affected Versions:

All versions from 2.0 to 2.0.18.5.

[-] Vulnerability Description:

The vulnerable code is located in
/applications/dashboard/controllers/class.utilitycontroller.php:

316. // Get the message, response, and transientkey
317. $Messages = TrueStripSlashes(GetValue('Messages', $_POST));
318. $Response = TrueStripSlashes(GetValue('Response', $_POST));
319. $TransientKey = GetIncomingValue('TransientKey', '');
320.
321. // If the key validates
322. $Session = Gdn::Session();
323. if ($Session->ValidateTransientKey($TransientKey)) {
324. // If messages wasn't empty
325. if ($Messages != '') {
326. // Unserialize them & save them if necessary
327. $Messages = Gdn_Format::Unserialize($Messages);

[...]

358. // If the response wasn't empty, save it in the config
359. if ($Response != '')
360. $Save['Garden.RequiredUpdates'] =
Gdn_Format::Unserialize($Response);

User input passed through the "Messages" and "Response" POST parameters
is not properly sanitized
before being used in a call to the "Gdn_Format::Unserialize" method at
lines 327 and 360. This can
be exploited to inject arbitrary PHP objects into the application scope,
that could allow an attacker
to conduct Local File Inclusion attacks by abusing the
"Gdn_Module::__toString" method, which triggers
a call to the "Gdn_Module::FetchView" method:

111. public function FetchView() {
112. $ViewPath = $this->FetchViewLocation();
113. $String = '';
114. ob_start();
115. if(is_object($this->_Sender) && isset($this->_Sender->Data)) {
116. $Data = $this->_Sender->Data;
117. } else {
118. $Data = array();
119. }
120. include ($ViewPath);

The value returned by the "Gdn_Module::FetchViewLocation" method at line
112 can be controlled by the
"_ApplicationFolder" object's property, which results in an arbitrary
local file inclusion at line 120.
Successful exploitation of the vulnerability using this vector requires
the application running on
PHP < 5.3.4, because it needs a null-byte injection attack. However,
other attack vectors might
be possible, e.g. leveraging magic methods of classes defined in
third-party components.

[-] Solution:

Update to version 2.0.18.6 or higher.

[-] Disclosure Timeline:

[02/03/2013] - Vendor notified
[22/03/2013] - Version 2.0.18.6 released: http://git.io/7EXdpQ
[10/05/2013] - CVE number assigned
[07/10/2013] - Public disclosure

[-] CVE Reference:

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2013-3528 to this vulnerability.

[-] Credits:

Vulnerability discovered by Egidio Romano.

[-] Original Advisory:

http://karmainsecurity.com/KIS-2013-09

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