Joomla! Admin user creation (3.4.4 → 3.6.3)

On October 25th, Joomla! was updated to version 3.6.4 to address two vulnerabilities :

CVE-2016-8869 concerning registration with elevated privileges.
CVE-2016-8870 concerning account creation while registration is disabled.

In this post, we wanted to quickly discuss the vulnerability and its impact on vulnerable installations.

Upon patch-diffing the two versions, we noticed that an entire method had been removed from the components/com_users/controllers/user.php file : the register method from the UsersControllerUser class.


Normally, the register method used by Joomla! is the one from the UsersControllerRegistration class, in components/com_users/controllers/registration.php.

The deleted one is most likely a leftover from old patches, and doesn’t enforce a check on whether or not user registration is enabled (as opposed to the UsersControllerRegistration.register method).

Moreover, the $data array is supposed to be sanitized in the first line below, but the unsanitized value is then used in the register function at the end of this snippet, allowing us to submit custom data such as group and uid values.


We can call this method by posting our registration values on the index.php?option=com_users&task=User.register URL.

POST /index.php?option=com_users&task=User.register HTTP/1.1
 Host: localhost
 Connection: keep-alive
 Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
 Accept: */*
 User-Agent: python-requests/2.11.1
 Cookie: 96b8cb33d84fb0aa459957bcad81cf90=go86e62fsve2a3jaqdmk6h6oq4
 Content-Length: 284
 Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded


The newly created user is then found on the server  :


For a valid request, we need to retrieve a CSRF Token and post it with a value = 1.

We are able to specify a custom user[id] value. If that id pre-exists in the database, the corresponding user will be overwritten during the registration.

Additionally, we can get high privileges by posting an array of user[groups][] values that will be assigned to the account. The default group id for Administrators is 7.

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La Cybsec16 est maintenant terminée et toute l’équipe SCRT présente a de nouveau passé un bon moment en compagnie de différents acteurs du monde de la sécurité en suisse romande (et un peu au delà). Une excellente organisation, des conférences intéressantes et diversifiées ainsi que les divers events “networking” ont largement contribué au succès de l’événement.

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recon 2016

Première fois à recon et, oh waww! Assez différente des autres conférences, recon (dont le site web est et non est fortement orientée sur le Reverse Engineering et l’exploitation, que ce soit hardware ou software.

Étalée sur 3 jours avec une seule track, la conférence est pleine de talks à la fois intéressants et hallucinants, que nous tentons donc de résumer dans ce long post!

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rbaced – a CTF introduction to grsecurity’s RBAC


rbaced was a pwnable challenge at last week-end’s Insomni’hack Teaser, split in 2 parts: rbaced1 and rbaced2.

TL;DR: grsecurity/PaX can prevent introducing executable memory in a process or execute untrusted binaries, and make your life miserable.

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