Invision Power Board version 3.3.4 unserialize PHP code execution


The vulnerability is caused due to this method unserialize user input passed through cookies without a proper sanitization. The only one check is done at line 4026, where is controlled that the serialized string starts with 'a:', but this is not sufficient to prevent a "PHP Object Injection" because an attacker may send a serialized string which represents an array of objects. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary PHP code via the "__destruct()" method of the "dbMain" class, which calls the "writeDebugLog" method to write debug info into a file. PHP code may be injected only through the $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] variable, for this reason successful exploitation of this vulnerability requires short_open_tag to be enabled.


Apply the security patch provided by the vendor (IP.Board 3.1.x, 3.2.x and 3.3.x Critical Security Update).

  • Code Execution  Known Vulnerabilities