[MajorSecurity Advisory #48]eggblog - Session fixation Issue May 29 2007 02:43PM
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[MajorSecurity Advisory #48]eggblog - Session fixation Issue

Product: eggblog
Affected version: 3.1.0 and prior
Remote-Exploit: yes
Vendor-URL: http://www.eggblog.net
Vendor-Status: informed
Advisory-Status: published

Discovered by: David Vieira-Kurz

Original Advisory:

"eggblog is a free php & mysql package,
allowing you to create your own online website, journal or weblog (blog)." -from eggblog.net

More Details
1. Session fixation:
The "PHPSESSID" parameter can be set to a malicious and arbitrary value.

1.1 Description:
In a session fixation attack, the attacker fixes the user's session ID before the user even logs into the target server.
After a user's session ID has been fixed, the attacker will wait for them to login.
Once the user does so, the attacker uses the predefined session ID value to assume their online identity.

1. Do not accept session identifiers from GET / POST variables.

2.Regenerate SID on each request.

3. Accept only server generated SID:
One way to improve security is to not accept session identifiers not generated by server.

if ( ! isset( $_SESSION['SERVER_GENERATED_SID'] ) ) {
session_destroy(); // destroy all data in session
session_regenerate_id(); // generate a new session identifier

25.05.2007 discovery of the vulnerability
27.05.2007 contacted the vendor
27.05.2007 working patch sent to the vendor
29.05.2007 advisory is written
29.05.2007 advisory released

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