Lepton CMS PHP Code Injection Aug 16 2016 03:33AM
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[+] Credits: John Page (HYP3RLINX)

[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org

[+] Source: http://hyp3rlinx.altervista.org/advisories/LEPTON-PHP-CODE-INJECTION.txt

[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


Lepton CMS 2.2.0 / 2.2.1 (update)

LEPTON is an easy-to-use but full customizable Content Management System (CMS).

Vulnerability Type:
PHP Code Injection

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:

No input validation check is done on the "Database User" input field when entering Lepton CMS setup information using the Install Wizard.
Therefore, a malicious user can input whatever they want in "config.php", this can allow for PHP Remote Command Execution on the Host system.


In the database username field, single quote to close "DB_USERNAME" value then open our own PHP tags.

');?><?php exec(`calc.exe`);?>

Now in "config.php" the Database username becomes ===> define('DB_USERNAME', '');?><?php exec(`calc.exe`);?>');

A security check attempt is made by Lepton to disallow making multiple HTTP requests for "config.php". On line 3 of "config.php" file we find.


if(defined('LEPTON_PATH')) { die('By security reasons it is not permitted to load \'config.php\' twice!!
Forbidden call from \''.$_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'].'\'!'); }


However, the security check is placed on line 3 way before "LEPTON_PATH" has been defined allowing complete bypass of that access control check.
Now we can inject our own PHP code into the config allowing Remote Command Execution or Local/Remote File Includes etc...

Next, make HTTP GET request to "http://victim-server/upload/install/save.php" again and code execution will be achieved or request "config.php"
directly as the security check made on line 3 of "config.php" to prevent multiple HTTP requests to "config.php" does NOT work anyhow.

In situations where an installation script is provided as part of a some default image often available as a convenience by hosting providers, this can
be used to gain code execution on the target system and bypass whatever security access controls/restrictions etc.


Exploit code(s):

1) At step 4 of Leptons Install Wizard, enter ');?><?php exec(`calc.exe`);?> for Database User name, then fill in rest of fields

2) Click go to step 5 and fill in required fields, then click "Install LEPTON"

3) Make HTTP GET request to:




BOOM pop calc.exe...

Disclosure Timeline:
Attempted Vendor Notification: June 11, 2016 (No replies)
Vendor Notification on July 12, 2016 ( thanks Henri Salo )
Vendor Acknowledgement: July 13, 2016
Vendor fixes: July 14, 2016
Vendor release version 2.2.2 : August 12, 2016
August 15, 2016 : Public Disclosure

Severity Level:

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