ID CVE-2007-3378
Summary The (1) session_save_path, (2) ini_set, and (3) error_log functions in PHP 4.4.7 and earlier, and PHP 5 5.2.3 and earlier, when invoked from a .htaccess file, allow remote attackers to bypass safe_mode and open_basedir restrictions and possibly execute arbitrary commands, as demonstrated using (a) php_value, (b) php_flag, and (c) directives in .htaccess.
Vulnerable Configurations
Base: 6.8 (as of 02-07-2007 - 11:42)
  • Accessing, Modifying or Executing Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's configuration that allows an attacker to either directly access an executable file, for example through shell access; or in a possible worst case allows an attacker to upload a file and then execute it. Web servers, ftp servers, and message oriented middleware systems which have many integration points are particularly vulnerable, because both the programmers and the administrators must be in synch regarding the interfaces and the correct privileges for each interface.
  • Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files, when the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high. The attack can be directed at a client system, such as causing buffer overrun through loading seemingly benign image files, as in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 where specially crafted JPEG files could cause a buffer overrun once loaded into the browser. Another example targets clients reading pdf files. In this case the attacker simply appends javascript to the end of a legitimate url for a pdf ( http://path/to/pdf/file.pdf#whatever_name_you_want=javascript:your_code_here The client assumes that they are reading a pdf, but the attacker has modified the resource and loaded executable javascript into the client's browser process. The attack can also target server processes. The attacker edits the resource or configuration file, for example a web.xml file used to configure security permissions for a J2EE app server, adding role name "public" grants all users with the public role the ability to use the administration functionality. The server trusts its configuration file to be correct, but when they are manipulated, the attacker gains full control.
  • Blue Boxing
    This type of attack against older telephone switches and trunks has been around for decades. A tone is sent by an adversary to impersonate a supervisor signal which has the effect of rerouting or usurping command of the line. While the US infrastructure proper may not contain widespread vulnerabilities to this type of attack, many companies are connected globally through call centers and business process outsourcing. These international systems may be operated in countries which have not upgraded Telco infrastructure and so are vulnerable to Blue boxing. Blue boxing is a result of failure on the part of the system to enforce strong authorization for administrative functions. While the infrastructure is different than standard current applications like web applications, there are historical lessons to be learned to upgrade the access control for administrative functions.
  • Restful Privilege Elevation
    Rest uses standard HTTP (Get, Put, Delete) style permissions methods, but these are not necessarily correlated generally with back end programs. Strict interpretation of HTTP get methods means that these HTTP Get services should not be used to delete information on the server, but there is no access control mechanism to back up this logic. This means that unless the services are properly ACL'd and the application's service implementation are following these guidelines then an HTTP request can easily execute a delete or update on the server side. The attacker identifies a HTTP Get URL such as http://victimsite/updateOrder, which calls out to a program to update orders on a database or other resource. The URL is not idempotent so the request can be submitted multiple times by the attacker, additionally, the attacker may be able to exploit the URL published as a Get method that actually performs updates (instead of merely retrieving data). This may result in malicious or inadvertent altering of data on the server.
  • Target Programs with Elevated Privileges
    This attack targets programs running with elevated privileges. The attacker would try to leverage a bug in the running program and get arbitrary code to execute with elevated privileges. For instance an attacker would look for programs that write to the system directories or registry keys (such as HKLM, which stores a number of critical Windows environment variables). These programs are typically running with elevated privileges and have usually not been designed with security in mind. Such programs are excellent exploit targets because they yield lots of power when they break. The malicious user try to execute its code at the same level as a privileged system call.
  • Manipulating Input to File System Calls
    An attacker manipulates inputs to the target software which the target software passes to file system calls in the OS. The goal is to gain access to, and perhaps modify, areas of the file system that the target software did not intend to be accessible.
nessus via4
  • NASL family CGI abuses
    NASL id PHP_5_2_4.NASL
    description According to its banner, the version of PHP installed on the remote host is older than 5.2.4. Such versions may be affected by various issues, including but not limited to several overflows.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-07-24
    plugin id 25971
    published 2007-09-03
    reporter Tenable
    title PHP < 5.2.4 Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • NASL family FreeBSD Local Security Checks
    NASL id FREEBSD_PKG_71D903FC602D11DC898C001921AB2FA4.NASL
    description The PHP development team reports : Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.2.4 : - Fixed a floating point exception inside wordwrap() (Reported by Mattias Bengtsson) - Fixed several integer overflows inside the GD extension (Reported by Mattias Bengtsson) - Fixed size calculation in chunk_split() (Reported by Gerhard Wagner) - Fixed integer overflow in str[c]spn(). (Reported by Mattias Bengtsson) - Fixed money_format() not to accept multiple %i or %n tokens. (Reported by Stanislav Malyshev) - Fixed zend_alter_ini_entry() memory_limit interruption vulnerability. (Reported by Stefan Esser) - Fixed INFILE LOCAL option handling with MySQL extensions not to be allowed when open_basedir or safe_mode is active. (Reported by Mattias Bengtsson) - Fixed session.save_path and error_log values to be checked against open_basedir and safe_mode (CVE-2007-3378) (Reported by Maksymilian Arciemowicz) - Fixed a possible invalid read in glob() win32 implementation (CVE-2007-3806) (Reported by shinnai) - Fixed a possible buffer overflow in php_openssl_make_REQ (Reported by zatanzlatan at hotbrev dot com) - Fixed an open_basedir bypass inside glob() function (Reported by dr at peytz dot dk) - Fixed a possible open_basedir bypass inside session extension when the session file is a symlink (Reported by c dot i dot morris at durham dot ac dot uk) - Improved fix for MOPB-03-2007. - Corrected fix for CVE-2007-2872.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-10
    plugin id 26038
    published 2007-09-14
    reporter Tenable
    title FreeBSD : php -- multiple vulnerabilities (71d903fc-602d-11dc-898c-001921ab2fa4)
  • NASL family MacOS X Local Security Checks
    description The remote host is running a version of Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.4 that does not have the security update 2008-002 applied. This update contains several security fixes for a number of programs.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-07-14
    plugin id 31605
    published 2008-03-19
    reporter Tenable
    title Mac OS X Multiple Vulnerabilities (Security Update 2008-002)
  • NASL family CGI abuses
    NASL id PHP_4_4_8.NASL
    description According to its banner, the version of PHP installed on the remote host is older than 4.4.8. Such versions may be affected by several issues, including integer overflows involving the 'chunk_split', 'strcspn', and 'strspn' functions, and 'safe_mode' / 'open_basedir' bypasses.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-07-24
    plugin id 29833
    published 2008-01-03
    reporter Tenable
    title PHP < 4.4.8 Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • NASL family Gentoo Local Security Checks
    NASL id GENTOO_GLSA-200710-02.NASL
    description The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200710-02 (PHP: Multiple vulnerabilities) Several vulnerabilities were found in PHP. Mattias Bengtsson and Philip Olausson reported integer overflows in the gdImageCreate() and gdImageCreateTrueColor() functions of the GD library which can cause heap-based buffer overflows (CVE-2007-3996). Gerhard Wagner discovered an integer overflow in the chunk_split() function that can lead to a heap-based buffer overflow (CVE-2007-2872). Its incomplete fix caused incorrect buffer size calculation due to precision loss, also resulting in a possible heap-based buffer overflow (CVE-2007-4661 and CVE-2007-4660). A buffer overflow in the sqlite_decode_binary() of the SQLite extension found by Stefan Esser that was addressed in PHP 5.2.1 was not fixed correctly (CVE-2007-1887). Stefan Esser discovered an error in the zend_alter_ini_entry() function handling a memory_limit violation (CVE-2007-4659). Stefan Esser also discovered a flaw when handling interruptions with userspace error handlers that can be exploited to read arbitrary heap memory (CVE-2007-1883). Disclosure of sensitive memory can also be triggered due to insufficient boundary checks in the strspn() and strcspn() functions, an issue discovered by Mattias Bengtsson and Philip Olausson (CVE-2007-4657) Stefan Esser reported incorrect validation in the FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL filter of the Filter extension allowing arbitrary email header injection (CVE-2007-1900). NOTE: This CVE was referenced, but not fixed in GLSA 200705-19. Stanislav Malyshev found an error with unknown impact in the money_format() function when processing '%i' and '%n' tokens (CVE-2007-4658). zatanzlatan reported a buffer overflow in the php_openssl_make_REQ() function with unknown impact when providing a manipulated SSL configuration file (CVE-2007-4662). Possible memory corruption when trying to read EXIF data in exif_read_data() and exif_thumbnail() occurred with unknown impact. Several vulnerabilities that allow bypassing of open_basedir and other restrictions were reported, including the glob() function (CVE-2007-4663), the session_save_path(), ini_set(), and error_log() functions which can allow local command execution (CVE-2007-3378), involving the readfile() function (CVE-2007-3007), via the Session extension (CVE-2007-4652), via the MySQL extension (CVE-2007-3997) and in the dl() function which allows loading extensions outside of the specified directory (CVE-2007-4825). Multiple Denial of Service vulnerabilities were discovered, including a long 'library' parameter in the dl() function (CVE-2007-4887), in several iconv and xmlrpc functions (CVE-2007-4840 and CVE-2007-4783), in the setlocale() function (CVE-2007-4784), in the glob() and fnmatch() function (CVE-2007-4782 and CVE-2007-3806), a floating point exception in the wordwrap() function (CVE-2007-3998), a stack exhaustion via deeply nested arrays (CVE-2007-4670), an infinite loop caused by a specially crafted PNG image in the png_read_info() function of libpng (CVE-2007-2756) and several issues related to array conversion. Impact : Remote attackers might be able to exploit these issues in PHP applications making use of the affected functions, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code, Denial of Service, execution of scripted contents in the context of the affected site, security bypass or information leak. Workaround : There is no known workaround at this time.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-14
    plugin id 26942
    published 2007-10-09
    reporter Tenable
    title GLSA-200710-02 : PHP: Multiple vulnerabilities
  • NASL family Slackware Local Security Checks
    NASL id SLACKWARE_SSA_2008-045-03.NASL
    description New php-4.4.8 packages are available for Slackware 10.2 and 11.0 to fix security issues.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-19
    plugin id 31101
    published 2008-02-18
    reporter Tenable
    title Slackware 10.2 / 11.0 : php (SSA:2008-045-03)
oval via4
accepted 2015-04-20T04:02:29.451-04:00
class vulnerability
  • name Michael Wood
    organization Hewlett-Packard
  • name Sushant Kumar Singh
    organization Hewlett-Packard
  • name Sushant Kumar Singh
    organization Hewlett-Packard
  • name Prashant Kumar
    organization Hewlett-Packard
  • name Mike Cokus
    organization The MITRE Corporation
description The (1) session_save_path, (2) ini_set, and (3) error_log functions in PHP 4.4.7 and earlier, and PHP 5 5.2.3 and earlier, when invoked from a .htaccess file, allow remote attackers to bypass safe_mode and open_basedir restrictions and possibly execute arbitrary commands, as demonstrated using (a) php_value, (b) php_flag, and (c) directives in .htaccess.
family unix
id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6056
status accepted
submitted 2008-10-30T17:10:23.000-04:00
title HP-UX Running Apache, Remote Execution of Arbitrary Code
version 41
refmap via4
apple APPLE-SA-2008-03-18
  • 24661
  • 25498
bugtraq 20070627 PHP 4/5 htaccess safemode and open_basedir Bypass
gentoo GLSA-200710-02
  • HPSBUX02308
  • HPSBUX02332
  • SSRT080010
  • SSRT080056
osvdb 38682
  • 26642
  • 26822
  • 26838
  • 27102
  • 27377
  • 27648
  • 28318
  • 28750
  • 28936
  • 29420
  • 30040
slackware SSA:2008-045-03
  • 2831
  • 3389
sreasonres 20070627 PHP 5.2.3 PHP 4.4.7, htaccess safemode and open_basedir Bypass
trustix 2007-0026
  • ADV-2007-3023
  • ADV-2008-0059
  • ADV-2008-0398
  • ADV-2008-0924
  • php-htaccess-security-bypass(35102)
  • php-sessionsavepath-errorlog-security-bypass(39403)
statements via4
contributor Joshua Bressers
lastmodified 2007-07-05
organization Red Hat
statement We do not consider this to be security issues. For more details see: and
Last major update 07-03-2011 - 00:00
Published 29-06-2007 - 14:30
Last modified 26-10-2018 - 09:54
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