WebSpell > 4.0 Authentication Bypass and arbitrary code execution Feb 22 2007 10:21AM
r verton gmail com
WebSpell Authentication Bypass and arbitrary code execution

Vendor : WebSpell
URL : http://www.webspell.org/
Version : All
Risk : SQL Injection, unchecked file upload

webSPELL is a free Content Management System (CMS) for clans and gaming communities, providing all needed features like forums,
gallery, clanwar system. Because of some serious flaws in the login and cookie-handling function, login can be easily bypassed and
arbitrary php code executed via uploading a php file.
Notes: magic_quotes_gpc() has to be set OFF

Due to an SQL Injection via the sended 'ws_auth' cookie, WebSpell is vulnerable to an Authentication Bypass.

$login_per_cookie = false;

if(isset($_COOKIE['ws_auth']) AND !isset($_SESSION['ws_auth'])) {

$login_per_cookie = true;

$_SESSION['ws_auth'] = $_COOKIE['ws_auth'];




if(stristr($_SESSION['ws_auth'], "userid")===FALSE){

$authent = explode(":", $_SESSION['ws_auth']);

$ws_user = $authent[0];

$ws_pwd = $authent[1];

$check = safe_query("SELECT userID FROM ".PREFIX."user WHERE userID='$ws_user' AND password='$ws_pwd'");

while($ds=mysql_fetch_array($check)) {




As seen in the above codee, the Cookie 'ws_auth' is divided into two parts: The userid and the password.
With the following cookie you can bypass this function and login as admin(userid 1):

1;' OR '1'='1

When 'logged in' an PHP-file with arbitrary code can be uploaded via the "add squad" feature.

Use mysql_real_escape_String() or addslashes() for the safe_query()

Robin Verton < r.verton at gmail com>

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