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AkoComment SQL injection vulnerability

From: Stefan Keller (skellerpobox.com)
Date: Sun Mar 26 2006 - 12:36:51 CST

AkoComment is a well known and widely used add-on for the Mambo and
Joomla Content Management Systems. It allows users to post comments to

AkoComment 2.0 suffers from an SQL injection vulnerability

    # Clear any HTML and SQL injections
    $title = strip_tags($title);
    $comment = strip_tags($comment);
    $title = mysql_escape_string($title);
    $comment = mysql_escape_string($comment);

    # Perform database query
    $date = date( "Y-m-d H:i:s" );
    $ip = getenv('REMOTE_ADDR');
    $query2 = "INSERT INTO #__akocomment SET contentid='$contentid',
ip='$ip', name='$acname', title='$title', comment='$comment',
date='$date', published='$ac_autopublish';";
    $database->setQuery( $query2 );

While the user provided comment and comment title is properly
sanitized, the client provided $acname and $contentid are not. These
correspond to hidden, value-prefilled FORM variables in the akocomment
created html form.

It is widely known that just because the values are hidden and not
changeable in a standard web browser doesn't mean they are not client
provided and thus aren't trivially modified.

Since the variables are not sanitized in any way the SQL injection
itself is straight-forward, provided magic_quotes_gpc = off.


To fix this vulnerability put the following lines before the "#
Perform database query" line:
    $contentid = intval(strip_tags($contentid));
    $acname = mysql_escape_string(strip_tags($acname));

Stefan Keller <skellerpobox.com>