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phpBB viewtopic.php URL Decoding Code Execution - ver 2 (CVE-2004-1315)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2014-1013
Date Published:
Last Updated:
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2004-1315
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R75 and above
Who is Vulnerable?
phpBB 2.x before 2.0.11
Vulnerability Description
A code injection and execution vulnerability has been reported in phpBB. The vulnerability is due to lack of input validation on the highlight parameter supplied to viewtopic.php. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by injecting malicious SQL code to the target server. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to gain access to sensitive user information and possibly execute arbitrary commands on the target server.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

To configure the defense, select your product from the list below and follow the related protection steps.

Security Gateway R70 / R71 / R75 and above

How Can I Protect My Network?

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the phpBB viewtopic.php URL Decoding Code Execution - ver 2 protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

How Do I Know if My Network is Under Attack?
SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:

Attack Name:  Application Servers Protection Violation.
Attack Information:  phpBB viewtopic.php URL Decoding Code Execution - ver 2