[VulnWatch] P-News 1.16 Admin Access Vulnerability
From: Peter Winter-Smith (peter4020_at_hotmail.com)
To: email@example.com Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 09:15:47 +0000
Admin Access Vulnerability in P-News 1.6
It is possible to gain admin access if you possess a 'Member'
account due to a flaw in the 'p-news.php' file.
You can inject an entire arbitrary account, including all the fields, into
the 'Name' field, which will push all the restricting details to the far end
of the data string, not allowing them to be included in the login process.
Below is an example of a normal database:
Notice the '0' denotes an 'admin' account, and the '2' denotes a 'member'
Into the 'Name' field in the edit account information section will give the
malicious user admin privileges.
The database then looks like:
Operating system and servicepack level:
Windows/Linux/Unix + PHP
P-News 1.16 (possibly 1.17)
Under what circumstances the vulnerability was discovered:
Under a vulnerability search.
If the vendor has been notified:
The vendor has not been notified because he does not speak English, so much
confusion may arise.
How to contact you for further information:
I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please credit this find to:
Peter Winter-Smith of Team UEC
Thank you for your time,
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