Advisory

Burak Kelebek, July 2016

Cross-Site Scripting in Code Snippets WordPress Plugin

Abstract

A reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability has been found in the Code Snippets 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-20160722-0006

Tested versions

This issue was successfully tested on Code Snippets version 2.6.1.

Fix

There issue is fixed in version 2.7.0

Introduction

Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to add code snippets to your site.

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

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

code-snippets/php/class-list-table.php:

if ( ! empty( $_GET['tag'] ) ) {
            echo sprintf( __( ' in tag &#8220;%s&#8221;', 'code-snippets' ), $_GET['tag'] );
         }

An attacker needs to lure a logged-in admin to follow the link in the proof of concept below.

Proof of concept

http://<targetsite>/wp-admin/admin.php?page=snippets&tag=asdasd%5C%5C%27%3E%3Cscript%3Ealert%281%29%3C%2Fscript%3E

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