phpBB < 2.0.16 viewtopic.php Arbitrary Code Execution

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 3038


The remote host is vulnerable to a Script Injection attack.


The remote host is running phpBB, a web-based forum application written in PHP. There is a flaw in this version of phpBB that will allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary code into the 'viewtopic.php' script. An attacker exploiting this flaw would only need to be able to send an HTTP request to the vulnerable script. Successful execution would result in the attacker executing code with the permissions of the webserver.


Upgrade to version 2.0.16 or higher.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 3038

File Name: 3038.prm

Family: CGI

Published: 2005/06/29

Modified: 2016/02/05

Dependencies: 1442

Nessus ID: 18589

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 3.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 5.9

Temporal Score: 5.4


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:phpbb_group:phpbb

Exploitable With


Metasploit (phpBB viewtopic.php Arbitrary Code Execution)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2086

BID: 14086

OSVDB: 17613