Zen Cart up to 1.2.0d admin/sqlpatch.php query_string sql injection

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Zen Cart up to 1.2.0d (Warehouse Management System Software). Affected is some unknown functionality of the file admin/sqlpatch.php. The manipulation of the argument query_string with an unknown input leads to a sql injection vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-89. The product constructs all or part of an SQL command using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the intended SQL command when it is sent to a downstream component. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Zen Cart 1.3.8a, 1.3.8, and earlier does not require administrative authentication for admin/sqlpatch.php, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the query_string parameter in an execute action, in conjunction with a PATH_INFO of password_forgotten.php, related to a "SQL Execution" issue.

The weakness was disclosed 06/23/2009 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at milw0rm.com. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2009-2254 since 06/29/2009. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Technical details and a public exploit are known. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1505.

A public exploit has been developed in Python and been published immediately after the advisory. The exploit is shared for download at securityfocus.com. It is declared as proof-of-concept. By approaching the search of inurl:admin/sqlpatch.php it is possible to find vulnerable targets with Google Hacking. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 39501 (Zen Cart password_forgotten.php Admin Access Bypass), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CGI abuses.

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 9418.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (51317) and Tenable (39501). The entry VDB-48793 is pretty similar.






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Class: Sql injection
CWE: CWE-89 / CWE-74 / CWE-707

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Nessus ID: 39501
Nessus Name: Zen Cart password_forgotten.php Admin Access Bypass
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OpenVAS ID: 100894
OpenVAS Name: Zen Cart Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
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Advisory: milw0rm.com
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CVE: CVE-2009-2254 (🔍)
X-Force: 51317
Vulnerability Center: 27438 - Zen Cart 1.3.8a, 1.3.8 and Prior Remote SQL Injection Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 35468 - Zen Cart 'admin/sqlpatch.php' SQL Injection Vulnerability
Secunia: 35550
OSVDB: 55343 - Zen Cart admin/sqlpatch.php query_string Parameter SQL Injection

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013
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Created: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM
Updated: 08/12/2021 07:46 AM
Changes: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM (69), 08/14/2017 10:28 AM (12), 08/12/2021 07:40 AM (3), 08/12/2021 07:46 AM (1)
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