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Local PHP File Inclusion in FluxBB

Advisory ID:HTB23246
Vulnerable Versions:1.5.7 and probably prior
Tested Version:1.5.7
Advisory Publication:December 31, 2014 [without technical details]
Vendor Notification:December 31, 2014
Vendor Fix:January 23, 2015
Public Disclosure:January 28, 2015
Latest Update:January 23, 2015
Vulnerability Type:PHP File Inclusion [CWE-98]
CVE Reference:CVE-2014-9574
Risk Level:High
CVSSv2 Base Score:7.6 (AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Solution Status:Fixed by Vendor
Discovered and Provided:High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab

Advisory Details:

High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab discovered vulnerability in FluxBB, which can be exploited to compromise vulnerable system.

1) Local PHP File Inclusion in FluxBB: CVE-2014-9574

The vulnerability exists due to absence of filtration of the "install_lang" HTTP GET parameter before including PHP files using the "require()" PHP function in "/install.php" script. The installation script "/install.php" remains on the system after installation by default and is accessible to anonymous users. A remote attacker can include and execute arbitrary "install.php" file from any directory on the server using directory traversal (e.g. "../") sequences. This may result in arbitrary PHP code execution and full system compromise.

A simple PoC below will include and execute "/tmp/install.php" script:


Successful exploitation requires that attacker is able to plant a malicious "install.php" file on the system.

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More Information:

[1] High-Tech Bridge Advisory HTB23246 - - Local PHP File Inclusion in FluxBB.
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