ZF2013-01: Route Parameter Injection Via Query String in Zend\Mvc
In Zend Framework 2,
Zend\Mvc\Router\Http\Query is used
primarily to allow appending query strings to URLs when assembled. However,
due to the fact that it captures any query parameters into the
RouteMatch, and the fact that
parameters are merged with any parent routes, this can lead to overriding
already captured routing parameters, bypassing constraints defined in the
As an example, consider the following route definition:
array( 'user' => array( 'type' => 'segment', 'options' => array( 'route' => '/user/:key', 'defaults' => array( 'controller' => 'UserController', 'action' => 'show-action', ), 'constraints' => array( 'key' => '[a-z0-9]+', ), ), 'child_routes' => array( 'query' => array('type' => 'query'), ), ), )
If the request URI was
RouteMatch returned after routing would contain the following:
array( 'controller' => 'SecretController', 'action' => 'show-action', 'key' => 'invalid_value', )
This would lead to execution of a different controller than intended, with a
value for the
key parameter that bypassed the constraints outlined
in the parent route.
Zend Framework 2.1 introduced changes to the router implementation that now
allows passing both query string values and fragment values during URI
assembly, effectively obsoleting the original use case of the
route. As an example, you can now do the following:
$url = $router->assemble(array( 'name' => 'foo', ), array( 'query' => array( 'page' => 3, 'sort' => 'DESC', ), // or: 'query' => 'page=3&sort=DESC' )); // via URL helper/plugin: $rendererOrController->url('foo', array(), array('query' => $request->getQuery()));
As such, for versions 2.0.8 and 2.1.4, we have marked
Zend\Mvc\Router\Http\Query deprecated. Additionally, we have
modified the code in its
match() method to no longer pass
the query parameters to the
RouteMatch, eliminating the
possibility of route parameter injection entirely.
If you are using the
Query route in Zend Framework 2, we
recommend upgrading to Zend Framework 2.0.8 or 2.1.4 immediately.
The Zend Framework team thanks the following for identifying the issues and working with us to help protect its users:
- codemagician for alerting us to the issue
- Ben Scholzen for providing the solution
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Released Thu, 14 March 2013 10:00:00 -0500.