Serious security issue in proftpd/mysql/Debian-Howto

Discussion in 'HOWTO-Related Questions' started by marcusr, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. marcusr

    marcusr New Member

    Hi there,

    apart from the fact that the proftpd/mysql/Debian-Howto

    is simply brilliant, we figured out a pretty serious security hole:

    This configuration enables system users to log in via FTP using an exclamation mark ("!") as password. On one of our Dev-Servers, I was able to log in as


    ...with full access to the respective home dirs, which may be fatal if you've got your mysql on the same machine.

    This can be solved by adding
    AuthOrder mod_sql.c

    to proftpd.conf.

  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  3. Norman

    Norman Member HowtoForge Supporter

    I'm unable to replicate this behaviour in my production environment.
  4. edge

    edge Active Member Moderator

    Same here.. I can not replicate this problem on my Debian Etch systems with ProFTPD
  5. marcusr

    marcusr New Member

    whoops... pasted the wrong link there. that was supposed to link to the proftpd howto a few lines below...

    I can replicate this behaviour on two machines now, both run on etch, I followed the howto nearly 1:1. I assume the plaintext login is the reason...

    one of these machines is productive and someone already tried to run phpshell ok it - which didn't succeed because the FTP homedir is outside the webroot.

    Google 'nyck.php' gives some interesting hits...
  6. tal56

    tal56 Member

    I was not able to replicate this with my Centos 5.2 install either.
  7. Norman

    Norman Member HowtoForge Supporter

    Could you post your proftpd.conf ?
  8. marcusr

    marcusr New Member

    here's my proftpd.conf (large comments left out)

    Include /etc/proftpd/modules.conf
    ServerName                      "Debian"
    ServerType                      standalone
    DeferWelcome                    off
    MultilineRFC2228                on
    DefaultServer                   on
    ShowSymlinks                    on
    TimeoutNoTransfer               600
    TimeoutStalled                  600
    TimeoutIdle                     1200
    DisplayLogin                    welcome.msg
    DisplayFirstChdir               .message
    ListOptions                     "-l"
    UseIPv6                         off
    # (if i add this, everything's ok). without, the "!"-problem returns: 
    # AuthOrder mod_sql.c
    DenyFilter                      \*.*/
    Port                            21
    MaxInstances                    30
    # Set the user and group that the server normally runs at.
    User                            ftpuser
    Group                           ftpgroup
    # Umask 022 is a good standard umask to prevent new files and dirs
    # (second parm) from being group and world writable.
    Umask                           022  022
    # Normally, we want files to be overwriteable.
    AllowOverwrite                  on
    DefaultRoot ~
    UseReverseDNS off
    IdentLookups off
       RootLogin off
       #RequireValidShell on
    # The passwords in MySQL are encrypted using CRYPT
    SQLAuthTypes            Plaintext Crypt
    SQLAuthenticate         users groups
    # used to connect to the database
    # [email protected] database_user user_password
    SQLConnectInfo  [email protected] proftpd xxxxxxx
    # Here we tell ProFTPd the names of the database columns in the "usertable"
    # we want it to interact with. Match the names with those in the db
    SQLUserInfo     ftpuser userid passwd uid gid homedir shell
    # Here we tell ProFTPd the names of the database columns in the "grouptable"
    # we want it to interact with. Again the names match with those in the db
    SQLGroupInfo    ftpgroup groupname gid members
    # set min UID and GID - otherwise these are 999 each
    SQLMinID        500
    # create a user's home directory on demand if it doesn't exist
    SQLHomedirOnDemand on
    # Update count every time user logs in
    SQLLog PASS updatecount
    SQLNamedQuery updatecount UPDATE "count=count+1, accessed=now() WHERE userid='%u'" ftpuser
    # Update modified everytime user uploads or deletes a file
    SQLLog  STOR,DELE modified
    SQLNamedQuery modified UPDATE "modified=now() WHERE userid='%u'" ftpuser
    # User quotas
    # ===========
    QuotaEngine on
    QuotaDirectoryTally on
    QuotaDisplayUnits Mb
    QuotaShowQuotas on
    SQLNamedQuery get-quota-limit SELECT "name, quota_type, per_session, limit_type, bytes_in_avail, bytes_out_avail, bytes_xfer_avail, files_in_avail, files_out_
    avail, files_xfer_avail FROM ftpquotalimits WHERE name = '%{0}' AND quota_type = '%{1}'"
    SQLNamedQuery get-quota-tally SELECT "name, quota_type, bytes_in_used, bytes_out_used, bytes_xfer_used, files_in_used, files_out_used, files_xfer_used FROM ft
    pquotatallies WHERE name = '%{0}' AND quota_type = '%{1}'"
    SQLNamedQuery update-quota-tally UPDATE "bytes_in_used = bytes_in_used + %{0}, bytes_out_used = bytes_out_used + %{1}, bytes_xfer_used = bytes_xfer_used + %{2
    }, files_in_used = files_in_used + %{3}, files_out_used = files_out_used + %{4}, files_xfer_used = files_xfer_used + %{5} WHERE name = '%{6}' AND quota_type =
     '%{7}'" ftpquotatallies
    SQLNamedQuery insert-quota-tally INSERT "%{0}, %{1}, %{2}, %{3}, %{4}, %{5}, %{6}, %{7}" ftpquotatallies
    QuotaLimitTable sql:/get-quota-limit
    QuotaTallyTable sql:/get-quota-tally/update-quota-tally/insert-quota-tally
    RootLogin off
    RequireValidShell off
    proftpd 1.3.0-19
    proftpd-common 1.2.10-15sarge4
    proftpd-mysql 1.3.0-19


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