Advisory

Burak Kelebek, July 2016

Cross-Site Scripting in Contact Form to Email WordPress Plugin

Abstract

A reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability has been found in the Contact Form to Email WordPress Plugin. By using this vulnerability an attacker can inject malicious JavaScript code into the application, which will execute within the browser of any logged-in admin who views the link in the proof of concept below.

OVE ID

OVE-20160721-0003

Tested versions

This issue was successfully tested on Contact Form to Email version 1.1.47.

Fix

This issue is fixed in Contact Form to Email version 1.1.48.

Introduction

Contact Form to Email is a WordPress Plugin to create contact forms and send their data email addresses.

Details

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks are a type of injection, in which malicious scripts are injected into otherwise benign and trusted web sites. XSS attacks occur when an attacker uses a web application to send malicious code, generally in the form of a browser side script, to a different end user. Flaws that allow these attacks to succeed are quite widespread and occur anywhere a web application uses input from a user within the output it generates without validating or encoding it. Reflected XSS occurs when user input is immediately returned by a web application in an error message, search result, or any other response that includes some or all of the input provided by the user as part of the request

"cal" field does not validate <script> tags and does not perform output encoding.

contact-form-to-email/cp-admin-int-message-list.inc.php:

85: echo echo $_GET['cal'];

Proof of concept

http://<target>/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=cp_contactformtoemail&cal=foobar%3B%3Cscript%3Ealert%281%29%3C%2Fscript%3E&list=1&status=status&lu=id&r=1

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