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PR08-13: Persistent Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on Moodle via blog entry title
From: ProCheckUp Research <research () procheckup com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:46:23 +0100

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PR08-13: Persistent Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on Moodle via blog entry

Vulnerability found: 20/06/2008

Vendor informed: 25/06/2008

Vulnerability fixed: 16/07/2008

Advisory publicly released: 22/07/2008

Severity: High


By creating a new blog entry ('/blog/edit.php') with a malicious entry
title ('etitle' parameter), it is possible to inject unrestricted
JavaScript and HTML *persistently* into the application. The malicious
code would be returned (and executed) on the main blog section of the
site ('/blog/') which can be viewed by any type of account (i.e.: guest,
student, teacher, administrator, etc).


- - Prerequisite for successful exploitation is blogs being enabled and
attacker's account having capabilities to add new entries.

- - Moodle reveals its version within HTML source code. i.e.: <a
title="moodle 1.6.5 + (2006050550)" href="http://moodle.org/";>

Proof of concept:

Example of malicious code to be injected as a new blog entry title. Such
code forwards the cookies of any users who access the blog section of
the site to a third-party website:


The proof of concept was tested on the following environment:

Server: Apache/2.2.2 (Unix) PHP/5.2.1 mod_ssl/2.2.2 OpenSSL/0.9.7l
Moodle 1.6.5 + (2006050550)


It is possible to hijack any account (including privileged ones) by
stealing the victim's session ID (stored in cookies), or inject a spoof
HTML login form for phishing purposes. Other attacks are also possible.

Versions affected as confirmed by the vendor:

1.7.3, 1.7.4, 1.6.5, 1.7.2, 1.7.1, 1.7, 1.6.6, 1.6.4, 1.6.3, 1.6.2,
1.6.1, 1.6


Upgrade to 1.6.7, 1.7.5 or any recent nightly or use patch

This issue has been tracked as MDL-15392.



Credits: Adrian Pastor and Amir Azam of ProCheckUp Ltd. (www.procheckup.com)

ProCheckUp would like to thank Petr Skoda and the rest of the Moodle
team for their excellent response time and cooperation towards resolving
this matter.


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