English [Cybercamp 2015] [Web 16 – Locked] Write Up


Title : Blocked


The application is quite simple. We can register and login.
After the login, a message says that our account hasn’t been found or is locked.
So, we could guess that the goal is to find a way to access an unlocked account.
It’s easy to find an unlocked account, as almost every website on earth has an “admin” user ^^

After some tests, we could easily guess that the vulnerability is a matter of SQL.
Classical SQL injections didn’t worked, unfortunately but there is others MySQL flaws.
One of them is MySQL Truncation, a really funny one.

The concept is to play with the size of the sent datas.
In short, if we send a string longer than the DB entry could accept, MySQL will return that the entry doesn’t exists.
So if we create an “admin        -with a lot of spaces-      x” account, MySQL will says that the entry doesn’t exists AND the PHP application will think that it’s OK to create the account.
After that, the DB will insert it, but as the entry is too long, Mysql will truncate it, in order to be as short as it should be.
At this step, we now have two accounts :

  • “admin”
  • “admin          -lot of spaces-                      “

At last, when we want to connect with our long admin account, the SELECT query will automatically trim our string (as it’s a MySQL feature).
We just have to use our fake admin account, and the application will log us as admin.
You’ll find more information about this flaw here.
Now that this flaw has been explained, let’s try it !

As said before, we need to register with a really long string, as show below.

web16 register
Pfiouu, so long

The registration was succesful.
We just have to log in, in order to see if we are correct about this vulnerability.

web16 login
Very long login too

And here we are ! We’re connected with an admin account.
Of course this is not the real admin, but with poorly written code checking authorization only with usernames could be tricked like this !

Here is the flag !

web16 flag
One more flag !

Don’t forget this trick, it could be useful 😉


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