hello folks ! here is my article of how i was able to exploit web cache deception to obtain rce :3 i was doing resarch on web cache deception and i decide to penetst it on real web then i found a website which was vulnerable to web cache deception attack ..before starting attack let’s clear doubt about web cache deception

concept of web cache deception

website uses cdn’s for storing local cached copy of webpage like pdf,css.etc. so that when user revisits to that website the website will work faster and also for reducing loads suppose two user bob and alice have two accounts on a website which is vulnerable to web cache deception alice is a hacker and bob is a victim..allice(attacker) send a link to victim bob like this : https://www.example.com/user/account/l.css now what happened if bob opens this link his cache copy will stored to server and alice can easily takeover account of bob by retriving cache from server thats the simple mechanism of web cache deception now lets move towards attack :)

attack scenario

i founded a web which was vulnerable to web cache deception but nothing was in that web application i founded a subdomain of same web application where only employee can access their account that subdomain was made for employees i can’t login to that subdomain.. i captured the login request of that subdomain i saw there was no header of pragma cache to avoid web cache deception attack …i quicly extracted email of workers of that web applict ation thanx to phonebook and after recon of 4 hours i was able to determine blueprint of employee panel in my mind when an employee login to that account he got redirectited to index.php i made a url something like this: https://www.example.com/ index.php/app0ly.css ans sends to that gmail and tricked them to open the link after few hours i open my linked and i saw that some one open the links ^_^ so i takeover someone account but there was the problem i can only see the content of index.php when i go to setiings or any other option web application throws awy me from session **..

escilating to rce

after spending few hours with capturing and sending request i saw there was a hidden java file in source code of index.php thanx to: wayback after reaading the java file i got few parameters but most intresting waas parameter “?url=” and file?=…whic was something like “https://www.expample.php?url=” i tried to do ssrf but failed seems like htttp and https:// protocol was banned by WAF i tried various combinations like htTps:// , HTTPs:// etc. luckily, HttPs:// workred in my case and i got open redirection then i tried to test for remote file inculsion i created a payload for retriving “/etc/passwd” file i hosted that paylaod on my website and tried to fetch that mine v=webiste to vulnerable website like this:


and voila! i was able to reterive /etc/passwd file and also able to obtain rce :( and pawned that web application i sent a report to them they patched the bug ^__^ that was about how i escilate the web cache to rce !

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