YaBB 'member.vars' File Lets Remote Users Gain Administrative Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1018236|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1018236
(Links to External Site)
Updated: May 11 2008|
Original Entry Date: Jun 13 2007
Modification of user information, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
A vulnerability was reported in YaBB. A remote user can gain administrative access on the target application.|
A remote user can send specially crafted data to inject a CR/LF character sequence and write to the user's 'vars' file to register an account with administrator privileges.
The vendor was notified on May 23, 2007.
Peter Vreugdenhil reported this vulnerability to iDefense.
A remote user can gain administrative privileges on the target application.|
The vendor has issued a patch:|
The YaBB advisory is available at:
Vendor URL: www.yabbforum.com/ (Links to External Site)
Input validation error|
|Underlying OS: Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)|
Source Message Contents
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 18:15:35 -0400|
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 06.12.07: YaBB Forum member.vars CRLF
YaBB Forum member.vars CRLF Injection Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 06.12.07
Jun 12, 2007
YaBB (Yet another Bulletin Board) is an Open Source community forum
system written in Perl. More information is available at the following
Remote exploitation of an input validation error within version 2.1 of
YaBB Forum allows attackers to register with forum Administrator
The problem specifically exists due to insufficient validation when
writing to the "vars" file for each user. By setting the values of
certain variables to contain certain characters, attackers can elevate
their privileges to that of the forum Administrator.
Exploitation allows attackers to obtain Administrator privileges, which
include the ability to modify forum templates (i.e., Perl code). This
allows administrators to execute arbitrary commands in the context of
the web server running the forum.
This attack can be performed during registration. This allows
unauthenticated attackers to obtain forum Administrator privileges at
registration time via the register.pl script.
Additionally, once registered, a forum user can modify their profile and
conduct this attack using the profile.pl script.
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability within version
2.1 of YaBB Forum.
Disabling the registration feature of the forum mitigates this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The YaBB Forum team has addressed this vulnerability by releasing a
software update. For more information consult the following announce on
their home site.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/23/2007 Initial vendor notification
05/23/2007 Initial vendor response
06/12/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Peter Vreugdenhil.
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