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Hack you 2014 – Web300 Writeup

In this challenge we have a Windows box ( you can note this in http://hackyou2014tasks.ctf.su:30080/phpinfo.php) with Firebird DBMS as backend for the web application. The application has an obvious SQL injection in in "order" parameter on /index.php. Since our injection point is in after a order by without any chance to do an error based injection we have to go blind. In the script below first it gets column from guessed table name USERS, using a kind of "information_schema" of firebird, then it prints its content.


Now that we ha admin credentials we need admin page. Since site is hosted on Windows there is a very interesting trick about how it access files. Infact if you go on ?page=<< wierdly it won't prints out "file doesn't exists" beacuse '<<' is replaced with '*' by WINAPI FindFirstFile().


The code above bruteforce it. Now that we have admin panel just log in with credentials tooked above and get the flag.

nurfed, Razor4x


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  1. How did you figure out it was Firebird in the first place? Was it by excluding MySQL and sqlite due to lack of the`LIMIT` statement?

    • Well, if you look at phpinfo it has driver installed for Firebird and also the challenge name “Angry Bird” hinted this way. But if you want a sure way just do a select from a system database like “rdb$relation_fields”.

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