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Yet Another WHMCS SQL Injection Exploit

Published: 2013-10-19
Last Updated: 2013-10-19 15:39:26 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Update: A patch was released last night. See http://blog.whmcs.com/?t=80223

 

WHMCS, a popular billing/support/customer management system, is still suffering from critical SQL injection issues. Today, yet another vulnerability, including exploit was released. 

Due to the fact that there is no patch available at this point, I will refrain from linking to any exploit details, but it is pretty trivial to find the respective blog post which includes a script to exploit the vulnerability. WHMCS acknowledged the problem [1]

The root cause of this problem, as well as prior problems with the software, appears to be a lack in understanding of proper controls to prevent SQL injection. Good input validation is just a start, but prepared statements are a must. Instead, the WHMCS developers used a rather complex (and buggy) function to escape user input and assemble dynamic SQL queries.

The bug is in a function used throughout WHMCS, so the exploit is not limited to a particular URL.

[1] http://blog.whmcs.com/?t=80206

 

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute
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Keywords: SQL Injection WHMCS
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