Oxwall Forum v1.8.1 - Persistent Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability Feb 22 2016 02:48PM
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Document Title:
Oxwall Forum v1.8.1 - Persistent Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability

References (Source):

Release Date:

Vulnerability Laboratory ID (VL-ID):

Common Vulnerability Scoring System:

Product & Service Introduction:
Oxwall is unbelievably flexible and easy to use PHP/MySQL social networking software platform. Its flexibility is an extremely easy way to
change the way it works using Oxwall plugins. These plugins are complete units of functionality that can be used for various purposes.
We take special care about core and plugins compatibility so any updates are easy like a breeze. Just click that button in the admin area.
Oxwall offers unseen level of efficiency when you need a full-featured, working site. The project is operated by Oxwall Foundation â?? a
non-profit that oversees the platform development and coordinates third party efforts.

(Copy of the Homepage: http://www.oxwall.org/index )

Abstract Advisory Information:
An independent vulnerability laboratory researcher discovered an application-side cross site scripting vulnerability in the official Oxwell v1.8.1 Forums.

Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:
2016-02-22: Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)

Discovery Status:

Affected Product(s):
Oxwall Software
Product: Oxwall Forums (Web-Application) 1.8.1

Exploitation Technique:

Severity Level:

Technical Details & Description:
A persistent Cross site scripting vulnerability has been discovered in the official Oxwall social network web Application software
The security vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject own script code to the application-side of the affected application module.

The vulnerability is located in `Forums of users` module. Remote attackers with low privilege web-application user accounts are able to
inject own malicious script code via POST method request to the application-side. The injection points are the `Forum name` and `Description`
parameters in the add POST method request. The vulnerability is located to the application-side of the vulnerable web-application and the
request method to inject is POST.

The security risk of the application-side input web vulnerability is estimated as medium with a cvss (common vulnerability scoring system) count of 3.5.
Exploitation of the persistent validation web vulnerability requires a low privileged web-application user account and low or medium user interaction.
Successful exploitation of the vulnerabilities results in persistent phishing mails, session hijacking, persistent external redirect to malicious sources
and application-side manipulation of affected or connected module context.

Request Method(s):
[+] POST

Vulnerable Module(s):
[+] Forums of users

Vulnerable Parameter(s):
[+] Forum name (group-name)
[+] Description (description)

Affected Module(s):
[+] Oxwall forums

Proof of Concept (PoC):
The application-side input validation web vulnerability can be exploited by remote attackers with low privileged web-application user account and low or medium user interaction.
For security demonstration or to reproduce the web vulnerability follow the provided information and steps below to continue.

Manual steps to reproduce the vulnerability ...
1. A Moderator or an user with custom roles goes to:
Note: http://localhost:8080/SCRIPTPATH/forum/customize
2. Add new forum [ group] and inject Persistent XSS codes into application side
3. The code executes in the moderators location
4. Successful reproduce of the application-side vulnerability!

--- [POST METHOD] (Values) ---
form-add= add-forum-form
group-name = [PERSISTENT CODE]
section = General
description = [ PERSISTENT CODE]
submit button


Solution - Fix & Patch:
The vulnerability can be patched by a secure parse and encode of the vulnerable groupname and description input fields.
Restrict the input and disallow usage of special chars.
Filter and setup a secure exception handling that prevents the persistent execution in the output location.

Security Risk:
The security risk of application-side cross site scripting web vulnerability in oxwall web application software is estimated as medium. (CVSS 3.5)

Credits & Authors:
Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Lawrence Amer - http://www.vulnerability-lab.com/show.php?user=Lawrence%20Amer

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