Ektron CMS 8.7 Cross Site Scripting

Type packetstorm
Reporter Joseph Zeng Xianbo
Modified 2014-04-16T00:00:00


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Stored Cross Site Scripting in Ektron CMS 8.7  
CVE reference: CVE-2014-2729  
Affected platforms: Ektron Web Content Management System  
Version: 8.7.0  
Date: 2013-December-19  
Security risk: Medium (CVSS - AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N)  
Researcher: Joseph Zeng Xianbo  
Vendor Status: Issue reported to be patched in Ektron CMS   
SP2 Patch Update:  
During an internal penetration test exercise for a client, a stored   
Cross Site Scripting vulnerability was discovered in the HTTP parameter  
‘category0’ of the affected webpage. The application stored the payload  
and executed the payload when the page was loaded.  
This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2014-2729.  
Steps to demonstrate issue:  
1. Login to the CMS Workarea  
2. Click on the Content tab  
3. On the Folders subpanel, right click on an existing folder. Click  
the 'Add Discussion Board' button  
4. On the Properties tab, complete all mandatory fields  
5. Click on the Templates tab and select a template on the Templates   
6. Click on the Subjects tab  
7. Click the 'Add Subject' button  
8. Fill in the Subject field with the text 'testing text'  
9. Click the 'Add Discussion Board' button  
10. Use a proxy tool such as Burp Suite Professional. Allow the HTTP  
GET request to AJAXbase.aspx to be sent unmodified to the server.  
11. Intercept the HTTP POST request to content.aspx with Burp proxy   
12. Modify the value of the HTTP parameter 'category0' to   
'testing+text<iframe src="http://example.com"></iframe>'  
13. Send the modified HTTP POST request  
14. On the Folder subpanel, right click on the newly created   
discussion board  
15. Click “View Properties” from the menu which appears  
16. Click on the Subjects tab  
17. You should observe that the malicious JavaScript code is   
successfully executed  
Note that repeating steps 7 to 8 and repeating the step 12 for the  
corresponding parameters (e.g. 'category1', 'category2')  
Possible Impact  
Malicious authenticated users could inject specially crafted   
JavaScript code into multiple input fields of the affected form   
(Add Discussion Board) which gets stored. When an administrative user   
subsequently retrieves and views the records from the administrative   
interface, the injected malicious JavaScript code will be executed   
in his/her web browsers.  
This vulnerability was discovered by Joseph Zeng Xianbo  
History (GMT +8)  
14 Aug 2013 - Vulnerability discovered and reported to client. Client reports it to System Integrator and Ektron.  
6 Dec 2013 - Test on Ektron CMS 8.70 SP 2 shows vulnerability is still present  
10 Mar 2014 - Test on patched Ektron CMS shows vulnerability has been resolved  
26 Mar 2014 - Secunia informed of vulnerability  
3 Apr 2014 - Secunia declines to issue advisory as Ektron CMS version 9 supersedes patched version. Case referred to MITRE.  
5 Apr 2014 - CVE identifier assigned for this vulnerability  
7 Apr 2014 - Ektron contacted for patch details  
8 Apr 2014 - Ektron asks System Integrator for patch details  
10 Apr 2014 - System Integrator gives notification of patch details  
16 Apr 2014 - Advisory Released.  
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