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Joomla core <= 3.1.5 reflected XSS vulnerability
From: Emilio Pinna <emilio.pinn () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:51:06 +0200

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- Original release date: August 05, 2013
- Discovered by: Emilio Pinna (Application Security Analyst at Abinsula)
- Contact: (emilio (dot) pinn (at) gmail (dot) com)
- Severity: 4.3/10 (Base CVSS Score)
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VULNERABILITY
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Joomla core package <= 3.1.5 includes a PHP script that suffers from
reflected XSS vulnerability that allows to inject HTML and malicious
scripts that can access any cookies, session tokens, or other
sensitive information retained by your browser and used with that
site.

Joomla is one of the most installed CMS with dozens of millions of
installations.

DESCRIPTION
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Affected file libraries/idna_convert/example.php has different injection points:

- Unsanitized lang parameter in line 24
- Unsanitized file name printing on lines 112 and 119

PROOF OF CONCEPT
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http://localhost/joomla/libraries/idna_convert/example.php?lang=";><script>alert(document.cookie);</script><!--

BUSINESS IMPACT
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As usual, attackers can exploit these weaknesses to execute arbitrary
HTML and script code in a user's browser session that visits the
malicious crafted url.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED
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Joomla-CMS <= 3.1.5

SOLUTION
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Fixed removing the vulnerable example file on git with commit
c00c033d33d901e1ca6be9061a44e55acd041b1f

REFERENCES
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http://disse.cting.org/2013/08/05/joomla-core-3_1_5_reflected-xss-vulnerability/
https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/issues/1658

CREDITS
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Emilio Pinna (emilio (dot) pinn (at) gmail (dot) com)

DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
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August 4, 2013: Opened a ticket describing the bug by Adam Willard.
August 5, 2013: Fixed by Michael Babker.
August 5, 2013: Vulnerability disclosed by Emilio Pinna.

LEGAL NOTICES
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The information contained within this advisory is supplied "as-is"
with no warranties or guarantees of fitness of use or otherwise.


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