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Invision Power Board SQL Injection Vulnerability
December 16, 2021
Vendor : Invision Power Services
Version : Versions Up To 2.0 Alpha 3
Risk : SQL Injection Vulnerability

Invision Power Board (IPB) is a professional forum system that has been built from the ground up with speed and security in mind, taking advantage of object oriented code, highly-optimized SQL queries, and the fast PHP engine. A comprehensive administration control panel is included to help you keep your board running smoothly. Moderators will also enjoy the full range of options available to them via built-in tools and moderators control panel. Members will appreciate the ability to subscribe to topics, send private messages, and perform a host of other options through the user control panel. It is used by millions of people over the world.

Invision Power Board is vulnerable to an SQL Injection Vulnerability. All versions up to 2.0 Alpha 3 seem to be affected. Below is an example URL to test if you are vulnerable.


If you are vulnerable (you should be) you will see an error message similar to the one posted below. The only requirement is to know a valid forum number and to have read access to that forum (must be able to view it).

mySQL query error: SELECT * from ibf_topics WHERE forum_id=2 and approved=1 
and (last_post > 0 OR pinned=1) ORDER BY pinned DESC, [Problem_Is_Here] DESC 
LIMIT 0,15
mySQL error: You have an error in your SQL syntax near '[Problem_Is_Here] 
DESC LIMIT 0,15' at line 1
mySQL error code: 
Date: Saturday 13th of December 2003 01:25:30 AM
Invision Power Services have released a fix for this issue.;=1&id;=12&p;=1

James Bercegay of the GulfTech Security Research Team.