In our Apache server we have received around 200 HTTP GET requests from the same IP and a common string in each request is "md5", e.g.

index.php?option=com_s5clanroster&view=s5clanroster&layout=category&task=category&id=-null%27+/*!50000UnIoN*/+/*!50000SeLeCt*/md5(3.1415),222--%20- HTTP/1.1

What kind of attack hacker had tried over here, and should I worry about it?


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The attacker is trying to exploit Joomla component called com_s5clanroster which is vulnerable to SQL Injection.

An SQL injection vulnerability has been reported in Joomla Com S5clanroster. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary SQL commands on the affected system.


That same component was also vulnerable to LFI:

  [o] Exploit



Maybe you don't have that component installed or maybe you are running different CMS, but make sure that you check your website is up-to-date. And not only that, also check if different plugins are still maintained by author, because I saw vulnerable plugins with no updates available from author - and that is consider as a big problem.

Here is another example which can lead to another problem: Expired Domain Leads to WordPress Plugin Redirects

Consider to use ModSecurity (Open Source Web Application Firewall). How to?

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    Thank you for the valuable answer! I have crosschecked on the server and there is no com_s5clanroster component installed. Sep 11, 2017 at 5:04
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    please also tell me about md5 string in the request? Sep 11, 2017 at 5:10
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    You don't need to worry about that.
    – Mirsad
    Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12
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    The MD5 might be a time based attack? It would take some time to compute the MD5 which might be detectable client side?
    – Silver
    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:15
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    In order for the attacker to know that the SQL injection is successful, they want to call a function on the database that has a known result and see if that result is in the output generated. The choice of md5() specifically is largely irrelevant to the attack. Sep 11, 2017 at 17:28

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