CakePHP <= 1.3.5 / 1.2.8 unserialize() Vulnerability

Credit: felix
Risk: High
Local: No
Remote: Yes

CVSS Base Score: 7.5/10
Impact Subscore: 6.4/10
Exploitability Subscore: 10/10
Exploit range: Remote
Attack complexity: Low
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Partial
Integrity impact: Partial
Availability impact: Partial

CakePHP <= 1.3.5 / 1.2.8 unserialize() Vulnerability felix |at| =============================================================================== Overview: "CakePHP is a rapid development framework for PHP that provides an extensible architecture for developing, maintaining, and deploying applications. Using commonly known design patterns like MVC and ORM within the convention over configuration paradigm, CakePHP reduces development costs and helps developers write less code." - CakePHP is vulnerable to a file inclusion attack because of its use of the "unserialize()" function on unchecked user input. This makes it possible to inject arbitary objects into the scope. Details: CakePHP uses the following function in the Security component to protect against XSRF attacks with POST Requests: function _validatePost(&$controller) { -- snip -- $check = $controller->data; $token = urldecode($check['_Token']['fields']); if (strpos($token, ':')) { list($token, $locked) = explode(':', $token, 2); } $locked = unserialize(str_rot13($locked)); -- snip -- The $check array contains our POST data and $locked is a simple (rot-13 obfuscated) serialized string, which is completely under our control. PHP5 introduces a destructor with the "__destruct" method. Each object will execute its __destruct method at the end of its lifetime and we can use this to turn an unchecked unserialize() call in an useful exploit. (See Stefan Essers talk @ for more information) CakePHP defines the App Class with the following destruct method: function __destruct() { if ($this->__cache) { $core = App::core('cake'); unset($this->__paths[rtrim($core[0], DS)]); Cache::write('dir_map', array_filter($this->__paths), '_cake_core_'); Cache::write('file_map', array_filter($this->__map), '_cake_core_'); Cache::write('object_map', $this->__objects, '_cake_core_'); } } As we can see, this method can be abused by an manipulated object to write arbitary values into the _cake_core Cache. The most interesting key to corrupt is the file_map. It provides the mapping between Classes and PHP Files and is used to load additional Classes at runtime. The real code for the loading of classes is a bit complicated but it all boils down to the following code in the __load method inside the App class: if (file_exists($file)) { if (!$this->return) { require($file); $this->__loaded[$file] = true; } return true; This means we can execute arbitary files on the local filesystem. CakePHP uses a file based caching system in its standard configuration, and the cache data is written in serialized form to a known location. We can use this information to create a create a manipulated App object that executes our PHP Payload: $x=new App(); $x->__cache=1; $x->__map=array("Core" => array("Router" => "../tmp/cache/persistent/cake_core_file_map"), "Foo" => "<? phpinfo(); exit(); ?>"); $x->__paths=array(); $x->__objects=array(); echo serialize($x); POC: See for a working POC exploit. Patch: This bug was patched in Version 1.3.6 and 1.2.9


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