KeystoneJS 4.0.0-beta.5 - CSV Excel Macro Injection

EDB-ID: 43053
Author: Ishaq Mohammed
Published: 2017-10-25
CVE: CVE-2017-15879
Type: Webapps
Platform: NodeJS
Vulnerable App: N/A

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# Exploit Author: Ishaq Mohammed
# Contact:
# Website:
# Category: WEBAPPS
# Platform: Node.js
# CVE: CVE-2017-15879

Vendor Description:

KeystoneJS is a powerful Node.js content management system and web app
framework built on express and mongoose. Keystone makes it easy to create
sophisticated web sites and apps, and comes with a beautiful auto-generated
Admin UI.

Technical Details and Exploitation:

CSV Injection (aka Excel Macro Injection or Formula Injection) exists in
admin/server/api/download.js and lib/list/getCSVData.js in KeystoneJS
before 4.0.0-beta.7 via a value that is mishandled in a CSV export.

Proof of Concept:

1.Go to Contact Us page and insert the below payload in the Name Field.
Payload: @SUM(1+1)*cmd|' /C calc'!A0
2. Login as Admin
3. Now Navigate to Enquiries page and check the entered payload.
4. Download as .csv, once done open it in excel and observe that calculator
application gets open.


The issues have been fixed and the vendor has released the patches


Best Regards,
Ishaq Mohammed

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