HTTP Parameter Pollution used as a WAFs bypass technique seems to be a very favored topic. Just a few updates regarding this matter...

Lavakumar Kuppan has released his paper as well as the security advisory on how to bypass mod_sec core rules in order to exploit SQL injections in ASP/ASP.NET environment. It is worth to mention that installations using ModSecurity <= 2.5.9 with ModSecurity Core Rules <= 2.5-1.6.1 are vulnerable thus you may consider to check your systems.

A new whitepaper titled "Detecting remote file inclusion attacks" was released by Breach Security. It discusses a generic rules set that will enable protecting applications from RFI attacks. Once again, the suggested RFI rules set is vulnerable to HPP bypass.

Most of the suggested rules may be very useful in order to detect generic RFI attacks but they are just not working against HPP attacks, in specific web frameworks.

IP Address

SecRule “ARGS” “@rx (ht|f)tps?://([\d\.]+)”
“t:urlDecodeUni,t:htmlEntityDecode,t:lowercase,deny,phase:2,msg:'RFI’ “
Function INCLUDE
SecRule “ARGS” “@rx \binclude\s*\([^)]*(ht|f)tps?://”
“t:urlDecodeUni,t:htmlEntityDecode,t:lowercase,deny,phase:2,msg:’RFI’ “

Inclusion ends with question mark
SecRule “ARGS” “@rx (ft|htt)ps?.*\?+$”
“t:urlDecodeUni,t:htmlEntityDecode,t:lowercase,deny,phase:2,msg:’RFI’ “

In case of ASP and ASP.NET (and other HTTP back-ends), it is still possible to inject multiple HTTP parameters containing two segments of the attack:


Resulting in "http://example.com/shell.txt,?". Since the pseudo shell filename is managed by the attacker, he/she may easily create a file named "shell.txt,". The following attack bypasses the other two rules as well.

Obviously, this is true for all different web technologies that consider multiple occurrences and concatenate those using different chars. ASP and ASP.NET are the most interesting examples of such behavior. Indeed, I understand that the suggested solution may provide a workable level of security, especially considering that PHP does not concatenate multiple parameters.

Besides WAFs stuff, it is important to remember that HPP is also about server and client side flaws. Well, in case it's not clear enough, some vulnerabilities that we are going to disclose will hopefully help to emphasize the concept.