Moodle 2.4.10 / 2.5.6 / 2.6.3 / 2.7 Account Information Disclosure

Moodle versions 2.7 and earlier suffer from a vulnerability that discloses the account name for a specified profile ID.

MD5 | 3e167578263db5e084328661c2ca6f40



Versions affected:
2.4.10, 2.5.6, 2.6.3, 2.7 and earlier.

Information disclosure.

/user/edit.php?id= reveals account owner name

1. Log in to as user student:sandbox.
2. Click view profile when logged in (student is id=4).
3. Change id parameter from 4 to 3, which is the teacher
( The HTML response says
'Terri Teacher' who the 'student' user has access to.
4. Change id parameter to 2
( The HTML response says
"The details of this user are not available to you" and the navigation
bar above says "Home / My profile / View profile / User".
5. Note that it says "User" - but hides the name!
6. Change the URL from profile.php to edit.php
7. The HTML message is "Sorry, but you do not currently have
permissions to do that (Edit user profile)" ... BUT, the navigation
bar says "Home / Users / Admin User".
VoilA ! The account name is "Admin User"

Effective on university websites which have 1+ million end users.

Discovered by Patrick Webster

Disclosure timeline:
29-May-2014 - Discovered during audit, reported to tracker.
11-Jul-2014 - Fix committed MDL-45760.
14-Jul-2014 - Patch released for 2.4.11, 2.5.7, 2.6.4, 2.7.1.
04-Apr-2017 - Public disclosure.

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