Cybersecurity Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in PHP Could Allow a Breach

Cybersecurity Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in PHP Could Allow a Breach

A cybersecurity warning was issued yesterday, Sept. 13, 2018, regarding multiple vulnerabilities discovered in PHP that could allow for remote code execution. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a breach to occur.

What It Is:
PHP is a programming language originally designed for use in web-based applications with HTML content. PHP supports a wide variety of platforms and is used by numerous web-based software applications. Successfully exploiting the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary code execution in the context of the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Failed exploitation could result in a denial-of-service condition.

See the original Security Bulletin for PHP 7 and PHP 5.

Threat Intelligence:
There is currently no evidence of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

What It Means:
If your business or organization uses web-based software or applications with HTML content employing PHP programming language, you will need to install the latest updates immediately to address these vulnerabilities to prevent a possible security breach.

Systems Affected Include:
• PHP 7.2 prior to 7.2.10
• PHP 7.1 prior to 7.1.22
• PHP 7.0 prior to 7.0.32
• PHP 5.6 prior to 5.6.38

• Large and medium government entities: High
• Small government entities: High
• Large and medium business entities: High
• Small business entities: High
Home users: Low

Technical Summary:
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in PHP, the most severe of which could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. Details of these vulnerabilities are as below:

Version 7.2.10 & Version 7.1.22
• Bug #55146 (iconv_mime_decode_headers() skips some headers).
• Bug #60494 (iconv_mime_decode does ignore special characters).
• Bug #63839 (iconv_mime_decode_headers function is skipping headers).
• Bug #65988 (Zlib version check fails when an include/zlib/ style dir is passed to the --with-zlib configure option).
• Bug #68175 (RegexIterator pregFlags are NULL instead of 0).
• Bug #68180 (iconv_mime_decode can return extra characters in a header).
• Bug #68825 (Exception in DirectoryIterator::getLinkTarget()).
• Bug #72443 (Generate enabled extension).
• Bug #74484 (MessageFormatter::formatMessage memory corruption with 11+ named placeholders).
• Bug #76517 (incorrect restoring of LDFLAGS).
• Bug #76582 (Apache bucket brigade sometimes becomes invalid).
• Bug #76595 (phpdbg man page contains outdated information).
• Bug #76704 (mb_detect_order return value varies based on argument type).
• Bug #76705 (unusable ssl => peer_fingerprint in stream_context_create()).
• Bug #76709 (Minimal required zlib library is
• Bug #76747 (Opcache treats path containing "test.pharma.tld" as a phar file).
• Bug #76754 (parent private constant in extends class memory leak).
• Bug #76777 ("public id" parameter of libxml_set_external_entity_loader callback undefined).
• Bug #76778 (array_reduce leaks memory if callback throws exception).
• Fixed arginfo for bzcompress.

Version 7.2.10
• Bug #75797 (Memory leak when using class_alias() in non-debug mode).

Version 7.0.32 & Version 5.6.38
• Bug #76582 (XSS due to the header Transfer-Encoding: chunked)

What To Do:
We recommend the following actions be taken:
• Upgrade to the latest version of PHP immediately, after appropriate testing.
• Verify no unauthorized system modifications have occurred on system before applying patch.
• Apply the principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.
• Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Negative Consequences of Lost or Stolen Data Include:
The loss or theft of proprietary data can have severe impacts, particularly if the compromise becomes public and sensitive information is exposed. Possible impacts include:
• Temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information
• Disruption to regular operations
• Financial losses incurred to restore systems and files
• Potential harm to an organization’s reputation

Should your agency or business need assistance with the detection of PHP vulnerabilities or updates to include patches, Dox can help. Please contact Dox if there is anything we can do to assist in securing your agency, business, or organization.

Thank you for your time and stay safe online.