ProCheckUp Security Advisory 2008.13

Type packetstorm
Reporter ProCheckUp
Modified 2008-07-23T00:00:00


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PR08-13: Persistent Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on Moodle via blog entry  
Vulnerability found: 20/06/2008  
Vendor informed: 25/06/2008  
Vulnerability fixed: 16/07/2008  
Advisory publicly released: 22/07/2008  
Severity: High  
By creating a new blog entry ('/blog/edit.php') with a malicious entry  
title ('etitle' parameter), it is possible to inject unrestricted  
JavaScript and HTML *persistently* into the application. The malicious  
code would be returned (and executed) on the main blog section of the  
site ('/blog/') which can be viewed by any type of account (i.e.: guest,  
student, teacher, administrator, etc).  
- - Prerequisite for successful exploitation is blogs being enabled and  
attacker's account having capabilities to add new entries.  
- - Moodle reveals its version within HTML source code. i.e.: <a  
title="moodle 1.6.5 + (2006050550)" href="">  
Proof of concept:  
Example of malicious code to be injected as a new blog entry title. Such  
code forwards the cookies of any users who access the blog section of  
the site to a third-party website:  
The proof of concept was tested on the following environment:  
Server: Apache/2.2.2 (Unix) PHP/5.2.1 mod_ssl/2.2.2 OpenSSL/0.9.7l  
Moodle 1.6.5 + (2006050550)  
It is possible to hijack any account (including privileged ones) by  
stealing the victim's session ID (stored in cookies), or inject a spoof  
HTML login form for phishing purposes. Other attacks are also possible.  
Versions affected as confirmed by the vendor:  
1.7.3, 1.7.4, 1.6.5, 1.7.2, 1.7.1, 1.7, 1.6.6, 1.6.4, 1.6.3, 1.6.2,  
1.6.1, 1.6  
Upgrade to 1.6.7, 1.7.5 or any recent nightly or use patch  
This issue has been tracked as MDL-15392.  
Credits: Adrian Pastor and Amir Azam of ProCheckUp Ltd. (  
ProCheckUp would like to thank Petr Skoda and the rest of the Moodle  
team for their excellent response time and cooperation towards resolving  
this matter.  
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