DefenseCode ThunderScan SAST Advisory
WordPress AffiliateWP Plugin
Advisory ID: DC-2017-05-05
Advisory Title: WordPress AffiliateWP Plugin Security Vulnerability
Advisory URL: http://www.defensecode.com/advisories.php
Software: WordPress AffiliateWP Plugin
Version: 2.0.8 and below (taken from the official GitHub repo)
Vendor Status: Vendor contacted, update released
Release Date: 2017/05/24
1. General Overview
During the security audit of AffiliateWP plugin for WordPress CMS,
security vulnerability was discovered using DefenseCode ThunderScan
application source code security analysis platform.
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2. Software Overview
According to the plugin developers, AffiliateWP is an easy-to-use,
reliable WordPress plugin that gives you the affiliate marketing tools
you need to grow your business and make more money. In 2016 it
surpassed $500,000 in annual revenue:
3. Vulnerability Description
During the security analysis, ThunderScan discovered Cross-Site
Scripting vulnerability in AffiliateWP WordPress plugin.
The Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability can enable the attacker to
administrator of the site makes a request to such an URL, the
attacker's code will be executed, with unrestricted access to the
WordPress site in question. The attacker can entice the administrator
to visit the URL in various ways, including sending the URL by email,
posting it as a part of the comment on the vulnerable site or another
3.1 Cross-Site Scripting
Vulnerable Function: echo
Vulnerable Variable: $_REQUEST['filter_from']
571 $from = ! empty( $_REQUEST['filter_from'] ) ?
$_REQUEST['filter_from'] : '';
574 echo "<input type='text' class='affwp-datepicker'
autocomplete='off' name='filter_from' placeholder='" . __( 'From -
mm/dd/yyyy', 'affiliate-wp' ) . "' value='" . $from . "'/>";
Vendor resolved the security issues after we reported the
vulnerability. All users are strongly advised to update WordPress
AffiliateWP plugin to the latest available version.
Discovered with DefenseCode ThunderScan Source Code Security Analyzer
by Neven Biruski.
6. Disclosure Timeline
2017/05/16 Vendor contacted
2017/05/16 Vendor responded
2017/05/17 Update released
2017/05/24 Advisory released to the public
7. About DefenseCode
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