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Webtrekk Pixel Tracking Cross Site Scripting

Malte Batram
`SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20171017-0 >  
title: Cross site scripting  
product: Webtrekk Pixel tracking  
vulnerable version: v3.24 to v3.40, v4.00 to v4.40, v5.00 to v5.04  
fixed version: v3.41, v4.41, v5.05  
impact: Medium  
found: 2017-08-29  
by: Malte Batram for  
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab  
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Vendor description:  
"Webtrekk Analytics offers an endless range of filter and analysis functions.  
Whatever type of site you operate, our analytics tools give you the raw data  
you need to dive into your web and app metrics so you can optimise your  
digital marketing campaigns."  
"At home in Germany, Webtrekk ranks first among professional analytics tools  
used by the 1,000 most popular .de domains. All told, Webtrekk has a  
22.9 percent market share among providers for the top German domains,  
excluding sites that use Google Analytics or have no analytics system."  
Business recommendation:  
The vendor provides a patch which should be installed immediately.  
SEC Consult recommends to perform a thorough security review conducted by  
security professionals to identify and resolve all security issues.  
Vulnerability overview/description:  
1) Cross site scripting vulnerability  
The Webtrekk Pixel component, used on many websites to track users, has the  
capability to load arbitrary external JavaScript via multiple parameter  
combinations. The parameters are parsed from the search-part of the URL.  
The URL specified in the parameter wt_reporter is checked by a Regex that can  
be bypassed in different ways.  
Proof of concept:  
1) Cross site scripting vulnerability  
Example URL:  
The example URL leads to the inclusion of the following HTML in the page:  
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"  
Regex that checks the URL:  
The .* at the end of the expression allows multiple bypasses:  
Auth: [email protected]/  
The last bypass leads to the inclusion of JavaScript from the domain, which at the time of testing was open to be registered, but has been  
registered by Webtrekk for security reasons now.  
The vulnerability can also be triggered via cookies. This enables an attacker  
to execute JavaScript in the session of the victim anytime the website with  
the vulnerable script is visited, after only using the parameters from the  
search once to set the cookie values.  
Cookie values:  
Vulnerable / tested versions:  
Latest version v4.3.9 tested:  
Also found to be vulnerable: 3.2.6, 4.0.5, 4.3.5  
The setup for version 5 is different and the static part (tiLoader.min.js)  
does not include the vulnerable JavaScript directly. However code similiar to  
the overlay functions from version 3 and 4 seems to be loaded dynamically (which  
also includes the same Regex check).  
According to the vendor, v5 is affected as well.  
Vendor contact timeline:  
2017-08-30: Contacting vendor through [email protected] & email under "Contact",  
no answer  
2017-09-12: Asking for contact again  
2017-09-12: Vendor: requests sending the advisory and verifies it internally  
2017-09-13: Vendor: optimized validation, fixed in internal version  
2017-09-14: Release of patched version and vendor informs their customers  
2017-10-17: Coordinated release of security advisory  
Upgrade to the patched versions from the vendor immediately. The following  
versions contain better domain validation and fix the issue according to  
the vendor:  
v3.41, v4.41, v5.05  
According to the vendor, the updated versions are available within the  
support center on the vendor's website for all customers and a message that  
a security update is available will be shown.  
Setting "disableOverlayView: true" in the webtrekkConfig prevents the execution  
of the vulnerable code.  
Advisory URL:  
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab  
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EOF M. Batram / @2017