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Digi-news and Digi-ads version 1.1 admin access without password

From: scrap (webmastersecuriteinfo.com)
Date: Wed Jul 16 2003 - 13:18:23 CDT

Digi-news and Digi-ads version 1.1 admin access without password

.oO Overview Oo.
Digi-news and Digi-ads version 1.1 admin access without password
Discovered on 2003, March, 30th
Vendor: Digi-FX

Digi-news 1.1 is a PHP news editor. It allows you to easily add, edit, and
delete news.
Digi-ad 1.1 is a PHP ad rotator. It allows you to easily add, edit, reset, and
delete ads.
A vulnerability allows to access to the admin area in both script, without the
administrator password.
Original text is at

.oO Details Oo.
In Digi-news or Digi-ad, the admin web page is admin.php
Here is a sample of the admin authentification in this admin.php :

if (!isset($action)) {
   $action = '';
if ($action == 'auth') {
if (($HTTP_COOKIE_VARS['user'] != $digiNews['user']) &&
($HTTP_COOKIE_VARS['pass'] != md5($digiNews['pass']))) {
Continued as admin logged...

As you can see, the authentification scheme is based on a cookie. This cookie
contains the user and the MD5 hashed password. But the programmer did a
mistake :
if (($HTTP_COOKIE_VARS['user'] != $digiNews['user']) &&
($HTTP_COOKIE_VARS['pass'] != md5($digiNews['pass']))) {
It means that "Admin is authentificated" if "user = user in the cookie" OR
"password = password in the cookie". In english, it means you don't need the
admin password as far as you know the admin login !
The default admin login is "admin". If it doesn't work, try these :

    * Admin
    * Administrator
    * administrator
    * Root
    * root
    * the nickname of the admin (if known)
    * the surname of the admin (if known)
    * etc...

.oO Exploit Oo.
Ok, that's quite easy. You just have to send a handwrited cookie with
user=admin in. You can do that with the well-known Proxomitron

.oO Solution Oo.
The solution is to replace the AND operation by a OR operation, as followed :
if (($HTTP_COOKIE_VARS['user'] != $digiNews['user']) ||
($HTTP_COOKIE_VARS['pass'] != md5($digiNews['pass']))) {
The vendor has been informed and solved the problems. Download Digi-News 1.2
and Digi-ads 1.2 at http://www.digi-fx.net/freescripts.php

.oO Discovered by Oo.
Arnaud Jacques aka scrap