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PhotoPost PHP Pro Multiple Vulnerabilities
From: JeiAr (securitygulftech.org)
Date: Sun Mar 28 2004 - 17:53:55 CST
Vendor : All Enthusiast, Inc.
URL : http://www.photopost.com
Version : PhotoPost PHP Pro 4.6.x && Earlier
Risk : Multiple Vulnerabilities
PhotoPost was designed to help you give your users exactly what they
want. Your users will be thrilled to finally be able to upload and
display their photos for your entire community to view and discuss,
all with no more effort than it takes to post a text message to a
forum. If you already have a forum (vBulletin, UBB Threads, phpBB,
DCForum, or InvisionBoard), you'll appreciate that PhotoPost was
designed to seamlessly integrate into your site without the need for
your users to register twice and maintain two logins.
SQL Injection Vulnerability:
There are a large number of possibilities for SQL Injection in Photo
Post. The most important thing to remember here is that this app ties
directly into the affected website's forum system. So the aim of any
smart attacker would be to try and use the vulnerabilities in this app
to gain control of a forum by grabbing member password hashes. Below
are example url's.
I have not released any POC exploit for these issues, because like I said
before the real danger in these holes is the fact they can be used to act
against an installed forum system or other info in the database, and this
varies GREATLY on each Photo Post installation depending on what forum is
installed, and the table prefix's etc etc. A google search returned over
a half of a million websites running Photo Post, so you can imagine the
number of possibilities of the environment varying.
A malicious user can inject script and html into several fields in Photo
Post. The dangers of this is it allows an attacker to run arbitrary code
in the context of the browser on any user that visits their album. Also,
it can be used to run admin commands and the like by injecting script or
html into a photo description that is awaiting approval by an admin. When
the admin views the photo to be approved the code is then executed. Some
examples of where this can take place is in photo names, photo descriptions,
album names, and album descriptions
Cross Site Scripting:
There are a number of Cross Site Scripting issues present in Photo Post.
And as previously mentioned the danger of it being used against the forum
which it resides are also a very real threat. Below are a list of the XSS
issues in showmembers.php, but it is also worth noting that any of the SQL
Injection vulns previously mentioned can also be used for XSS if Injection
cannot be successfully used.
Any of these XSS issues can be used to possibly steal cookies from the forum
which Photo Post resides, run code in a users browser and more.
Denial of Service:
PhotoPost is prone to a denial of service attack that can allow an attacker
to send a user (logged in or not) a malicious link that will result in the
user not being able to gain normal access to the PhotoPost installation until
they clear their cookies.
This is possible because the "perpage" variable resides in the users cookie.
Like I said before a user does not have to be logged in for this to happen.
The vendor was contacted. Most of these issues do not seem to be present in
4.7 though. Original advisory http://www.gulftech.org/03282004.php
These vulnerabilities are different than the one posted by goodb0y of Zone-H as
It is important for the users of this program to know that in order to be safe.
Credits go to JeiAr of the GulfTech Security Research Team.