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phpBB 3.2.0 Server Side Request Forgery

phpBB 3.2.0 Server Side Request Forgery
Posted Aug 5, 2017
Authored by Jasveer Singh | Site sec-consult.com

phpBB version 3.2.0 suffers from a server-side request forgery vulnerability.

tags | exploit
MD5 | 491d40937af7fb079e9d9856baf6aecb

phpBB 3.2.0 Server Side Request Forgery

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SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20170804-0 >
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title: Server Side Request Forgery Vulnerability
product: phpBB
vulnerable version: 3.2.0
fixed version: 3.2.1
CVE number:
impact: Medium
homepage: https://www.phpbb.com/
found: 2017-05-21
by: Jasveer Singh (Office Kuala Lumpur)
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Vendor description:
-------------------
"phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution that can be used
to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website. With
an extensive database of user-created extensions and styles database
containing hundreds of style and image packages to customise your board, you
can create a very unique forum in minutes."

Source: https://www.phpbb.com/


Business recommendation:
------------------------
The patch should be installed immediately. Furthermore, SEC Consult recommends
to perform a thorough security review of this software.


Vulnerability overview/description:
-----------------------------------
The phpBB forum software is vulnerable to the server side request forgery
(SSRF) attack. An attacker is able to perform port scanning, requesting
internal content and potentially attacking such internal services via the
web application's "Remote Avatar" function.


Proof of concept:
-----------------
This vulnerability can be exploited by an attacker with a registered account
as low as a normal account. If the web application enables remote avatar, this
feature could be abused by an attacker to perform port scanning. Below is the
example on how the SSRF issue can be exploited.

URL : http://$DOMAIN/ucp.php?i=ucp_profile&mode=avatar
METHOD : POST
PARAMETER : avatar_remote_url
PAYLOAD : http://$DOMAIN:$PORT/x.jpg


Vulnerable / tested versions:
-----------------------------
phpBB version 3.2.0 has been tested. This version was the latest
at the time the security vulnerability was discovered.


Vendor contact timeline:
------------------------
2017-05-23: Contacting vendor through security bug tracker.
2017-05-29: Vendor confirms the vulnerabilities and working on the fixes.
2017-07-12: Vendor requesting extension for deadline of 5 days from the
latest possible release date.
2017-07-17: Patch released by the vendor.
2017-08-04: Public release of the advisory.


Solution:
---------
Upgrade to phpBB 3.2.1

For further information see:
https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=14&p=14782136


Workaround:
-----------


Advisory URL:
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https://www.sec-consult.com/en/Vulnerability-Lab/Advisories.htm


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