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Paypal Bug Bounty #5 - Persistent Web Vulnerability
From: Vulnerability Lab <research () vulnerability-lab com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:19:16 +0100
Paypal Bug Bounty #5 - Persistent Web Vulnerability
PayPal Security UID: tob141irj
Common Vulnerability Scoring System:
PayPal is a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online
transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as checks and money orders.
a PayPal account could be funded with an electronic debit from a bank account or by a credit card at the payer s
choice. But some
time in 2010 or early 2011, PayPal began to require a verified bank account after the account holder exceeded a
spending limit. After that point, PayPal will attempt to take funds for a purchase from funding sources according to a
funding hierarchy. If you set one of the funding sources as Primary, it will default to that, within that level of the
(for example, if your credit card ending in 4567 is set as the Primary over 1234, it will still attempt to pay money
out of your
PayPal balance, before it attempts to charge your credit card). The funding hierarchy is a balance in the PayPal
PayPal credit account, PayPal Extras, PayPal SmartConnect, PayPal Extras Master Card or Bill Me Later (if selected as
funding source) (It can bypass the Balance); a verified bank account; other funding sources, such as non-PayPal credit
The recipient of a PayPal transfer can either request a check from PayPal, establish their own PayPal deposit account
a transfer to their bank account.
PayPal is an acquirer, performing payment processing for online vendors, auction sites, and other commercial users, for
charges a fee. It may also charge a fee for receiving money, proportional to the amount received. The fees depend on
used, the payment option used, the country of the sender, the country of the recipient, the amount sent and the
recipient s account
type. In addition, eBay purchases made by credit card through PayPal may incur extra fees if the buyer and seller use
On October 3, 2002, PayPal became a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay. Its corporate headquarters are in San Jose,
States at eBay s North First Street satellite office campus. The company also has significant operations in Omaha,
Arizona, and Austin, Texas, in the United States, Chennai, Dublin, Kleinmachnow (near Berlin) and Tel Aviv. As of July
Europe, PayPal also operates as a Luxembourg-based bank.
On March 17, 2010, PayPal entered into an agreement with China UnionPay (CUP), China s bankcard association, to allow
to use PayPal to shop online.PayPal is planning to expand its workforce in Asia to 2,000 by the end of the year 2010.
Between December 4ñ9, 2010, PayPal services were attacked in a series of denial-of-service attacks organized by
Anonymous in retaliation
US diplomatic cables.
(Copy of the Homepage: www.paypal.com) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PayPal]
The Vulnerability Laboratory Research Team discovered a Web Vulnerability in the official Paypal Plaze ecommerce
2012-06-30: Researcher Notification & Coordination
2012-06-30: Vendor Notification
2012-07-02: Vendor Response/Feedback
2013-01-15: Vendor Fix/Patch
2013-02-03: Public Disclosure
A persistent input validation vulnerability is detected in the official Paypal ecommerce website content management
The bugs allow remote attackers to implement/inject malicious script code on the application side (persistent). The
vulnerability is located in the Gift & eCard module with the bound vulnerable titel or message parameters. Exploitation
low user inter action or privileged application user account for local exploitation. Successful exploitation of the
can lead to session hijacking (admin), account steal via persistent web attack or stable (persistent) context
[+] Send an eCard & eCard/GiftCard Listing
[+] Greeting Title
[+] Gretting Message
Proof of Concept:
The persistent vulnerability can be exploited by remote attackers & local privileged user accounts with low required
user inter action.
For demonstration or reproduce ...
Review: Greeting Message - Listing
<textarea height=``100`` name=``limitedtextarea`` id=``greet_memo`` class=``f_con032txt``
onkeyup=``limitText(this.form.limitedtextarea,300);``>>``<[PERSISTENT INJECTED SCRIPT CODE])></iframe>
The security risk of the persistent script code inject vulnerability is estimated as medium(+).
Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Ibrahim M. El-Sayed [the_storm] (storm () vulnerability-lab com)
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