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Remote command execution in planetGallery

An admin of planetGallery is allowed to create new galleries and upload images. Because of a vulnerable regular expression, he may also upload PHP scripts and thereby execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of PHP.


Product: planetGallery
Affected Versions: <= 22.05.2006
Fixed Versions: 14.07.2006
Vulnerability Type: Remote command execution
Security-Risk: low
Vendor-Status: informed, fixed version released
Advisory-Status: public
CVE: CVE-2006-3676


PlanetGallery is a commercial PHP script which is used to publish image galleries, show image descriptions and send picture postcards generated from the galleries.

More Details

The faulty regular expression is in admin/gallery_admin.php:

193   $allow_file_types = 'gif|jpg|jpeg|png|bmp';
197   if (preg_match('#\.'.$allow_file_types.'?#i',
$_FILES['grafik']['name'][$i])) {

Each variable $_FILES['grafik']['name'][$i] contains the filename of an uploaded file. Only images with filename extensions supplied in $allow_file_types are allowed, but the regular expression also matches files like 'example.png.php'. Webservers interprete this as a PHP script. 

Proof of Concept

Create a gallery and upload a PHP script named 'evil.png.php' containing '<?php phpinfo(); ?>'.

Now, access

You should see the phpinfo page.


Change line 193 of admin/admin_gallery.php to:

$allow_file_types = '(gif|jpg|jpeg|png|bmp)';

And line 197 to:

if (preg_match('#\.'.$allow_file_types.'$#i',
$_FILES['grafik']['name'][$i])) {


Update to the newest version 14.07.2006.

Security Risk

The attacker has to be admin of planetGallery to exploit this vulnerability. If your admin directory is protected by a .htaccess file (as the author strictly recommends), the risk is considered low, otherwise everybody can impersonate the admin and exploit this vulnerability.  PlanetGallery is not a multiuser gallery CMS, so the admin of planetGallery is probably the maintainer of the website who will have access to the system anyway. RedTeam therefore rates the risk of this vulnerability as low.


2006-07-13 Discovery of vulnerability
2006-07-13 Vendor is informed
2006-07-14 Vendor releases fixed version
2006-07-20 Advisory is released
2009-05-08 Updated Advisory URL




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