[Full-Disclosure] Advisory: Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in Openconf Conference Management Software

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2005-02-15T00:00:00


Advisory: Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in Openconf Conference
Management Software

A group of students at our lab called RedTeam found a cross site
scripting vulnerability in openconf which results in possible session takeover.


Product: openconf Affected Version: 1.04, probably also older versions Immune Version: 1.10 (unverified) OS affected: all Security-Risk: high Remote-Exploit: yes Vendor-URL: http://www.openconf.org Vendor-Status: informed, fixed Advisory-URL: http://tsyklon.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/redteam/advisories/rt-sa-2005 -007 Advisory-Status: public CVE: CAN-2005-0407


Openconf is a php/mysql based conference management system. Authors can submit papers and the conference organisers can review these.

Cross site scripting is possible because the user input is not filtered. Through this the session of a user with higher privileges can be taken over.

More Details

Inputs from an anonymous author submitting a paper can contain script code. This code will be executed when another user reviews this paper.

Proof of Concept

Submit a paper and enter "title <script>alert('evil');</script>" as title. The script will be executed when the admin "chair" reviews this paper.


None known.


Update to 1.10 (unverified).

Security Risk

High. Conferences managed by openconf could be arbitrarily influenced.


2005-01-xx vendor informed 2005-02-12 support@zakongroup.com confirmed 1.10 is fixed 2005-02-12 CVE number requested 2005-02-14 assigned
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0407 2005-02-14 posted


RedTeam is a penetration testing group working at the Laboratory for Dependable Distributed Systems at RWTH-Aachen University. You can find more Information on the RedTeam Project at http://tsyklon.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/redteam/

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