1. Web Security Academy
  2. Insecure deserialization
  3. Exploiting
  4. Lab

Lab: Exploiting PHP deserialization with a pre-built gadget chain

PRACTITIONER

This lab has a serialization-based session mechanism that uses a signed cookie. It also uses a common PHP framework. Although you don't have source code access, you can still exploit this lab's insecure deserialization using pre-built gadget chains.

To solve the lab, identify the target framework then use a third-party tool to generate a malicious serialized object containing a remote code execution payload. Then, work out how to generate a valid signed cookie containing your malicious object. Finally, pass this into the website to delete the morale.txt file from Carlos's home directory.

You can log in to your own account using the following credentials: wiener:peter

Find insecure deserialization vulnerabilities using Burp Suite

The benefits of working through PortSwigger's Web Security Academy

Get started with the Web Security Academy where you can practise exploiting vulnerabilities on realistic targets .. and its free!

Already got an account? Login here