Arbitrary object injection in PHP


This lab uses a serialisation-based session mechanism and is vulnerable to arbitrary object injection as a result.


  1. Log in to the site with the wiener:peter account. The session cookie contains a serialised PHP object.

  2. From the site map, notice that the website references the file /libs/CustomTemplate.php. Right-click on the file and select Send to Repeater.

  3. In Burp Repeater, read the source code by appending a tilde (~) to the filename in the request line.

  1. In the source code, the CustomTemplate class contains the __destruct() magic method. This will invoke the unlink() method on the lock_file_path attribute, which will delete the file on this path.

  2. In Burp Decoder, use the correct syntax for serialised PHP data to create a CustomTemplate object with the lock_file_path attribute set to /home/carlos/morale.txt. Make sure to use the correct data type labels and length indicators. The final object should look like this:

  1. Base64 and URL-encode this object and save it to the clipboard.

  2. Send a request containing the session cookie to Burp Repeater.

  3. In Burp Repeater, replace the session cookie with the modified cookie in the clipboard.

  4. Send the request. The __destruct() magic method is automatically invoked and will delete Carlos’s file.


Screencast PoC Arbitrary object injection in PHP


An attacker will need to log in to wiener:peter; create and inject a malicious serialized object to delete the morale.txt file from Carlos’s home directory. An attacker will need to obtain source code access to solve this lab.