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SurgeNews User Credentials



This module exploits a vulnerability in the WebNews web interface of SurgeNews on TCP ports 9080 and 8119 which allows unauthenticated users to download arbitrary files from the software root directory; including the user database, configuration files and log files. This module extracts the administrator username and password, and the usernames and passwords or password hashes for all users. This module has been tested successfully on SurgeNews version 2.0a-13 on Windows 7 SP 1 and 2.0a-12 on Ubuntu Linux.


  • bcoles <bcoles@gmail.com>


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/scanner/http/surgenews_user_creds
msf auxiliary(surgenews_user_creds) > show actions
msf auxiliary(surgenews_user_creds) > set ACTION < action-name >
msf auxiliary(surgenews_user_creds) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf auxiliary(surgenews_user_creds) > run 

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