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phpBB 2.0.15 PHP-code injection bug
Security Advisory - phpBB 2.0.15 PHP-code injection bug

Security Advisory -//- phpBB 2.0.15 PHP-code injection bug

Program: phpBB 2.0.15 and older versions
Risk: Very High
Date: June 28 2005
Title: PHP-code injection bug
Type: partial disclosure
Author: Ron van Daal :.
Vendor notified: June 23 2005


phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable
Open Source bulletin board package. Based on the PHP server language
and supporting a variety of backend database servers.


Due to a bug in the phpBB highlighting code it's possible to inject
PHP-code into the running script. E.g. It's possible to run system
commands if the PHP interpreter allows system() and simular functions.
This is actually based on an old bug which was improperly fixed in
phpBB 2.0.11.


The highlighting code uses the preg_replace() function on line 1110
in viewtopic.php. It uses the special modifier "e" which causes PHP
to evaluate the replacement string as PHP code. Below is a PHP code
example of what actually happens:

This causes PHP to execute the phpinfo() function. Usage of the
preg_replace special modifier "e" should be avoided if possible.

Proof of concept:

Sorry, partial disclosure advisory.


Upgrade to phpBB version 2.0.16 or edit viewtopic.php on line #1110:

Change this: str_replace('\\', '\\\\', $highlight_match)

Into this:   str_replace('\\', '\\\\', addslashes($highlight_match))


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