WOOF WooCommerce Products Filter 1.1.9 LFI / Code Execution

WOOF WooCommerce Products Filter from PluginUs.Net version 1.1.9 suffers from shortcode execution and local file inclusion vulnerabilities.

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SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20180314-0 >
title: Arbitrary Shortcode Execution & Local File Inclusion
product: WOOF - WooCommerce Products Filter (PluginUs.Net)
vulnerable version: 1.1.9
fixed version: 2.2.0
CVE number: (requested but not yet received)
impact: Critical
homepage: https://pluginus.net/
found: 2018-02-20
by: Ahmad Ramadhan Amizudin (Office Kuala Lumpur)
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

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Vendor description:
"PluginUs.Net is a little team of talented professionals from Ukraine. Unlike
most of the big companies on the net, we believe in individual approach to
every our customer. Web development is our passion and we always try to go an
extra mile over our clients' expectations.

Our team specializes in development of WordPress plugins. It's always exciting
to try new technologies and approaches to get the project done and impress
clients by realization of their ideas!"

Source: https://pluginus.net/about-us/

Business recommendation:
SEC Consult recommends to ugprade to the latest version available
as soon as possible. Further detailed security tests should be performed
in order to identify potential other security issues.

Vulnerability overview/description:
1. Arbitrary Shortcode Execution
The plugin implemented a page redraw AJAX function accessible to anyone
without any authentication.

WordPress shortcode markup in the "shortcode" parameters would be evaluated.
Normally unauthenticated users can't evaluate shortcodes as they are often

Additionally, it is noted that there are other implemented shortcodes that are
being used in this plugin which can be abused through the same attack. Worst,
some of them could lead to remote code execution.

2. Local File Inclusion
The vulnerability is due to the lack of args/input validation on render_html
before allowing it to be called by extract(), a PHP built-in function. Because
of this, the supplied args/input can be used to overwrite the $pagepath
variable which then could lead to local file inclusion attack.

Proof of concept:
1. Arbitrary Shortcode Execution
The parameter "shortcode" within the "admin-ajax.php" script is affected by
the code execution vulnerability:

POST /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php HTTP/1.1

action=woof_redraw_woof&shortcode=<<shortcode without []>>

2. Local File Inclusion
The parameter "shortcode" within the "admin-ajax.php" script is affected by
the local file inclusion vulnerability:

POST /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php HTTP/1.1

action=woof_redraw_woof&shortcode=woof_search_options pagepath=/etc/passwd

Vulnerable / tested versions:
PluginUs.Net WooCommerce Products Filter version 1.1.9 has been tested and
found to be vulnerable.

Vendor contact timeline:
2018-02-20: Contacting vendor through [email protected]
2018-02-20: Vendor agreed to proceed without encrypted channel
2018-02-21: Sent security advisory to vendor
2018-02-26: Vendor sent patch containing the fixes
2018-02-26: Informed vendor the patch doesn't fully mitigate the vulnerability
2018-03-12: Request update from vendor
2018-03-12: Vendor said they already published the patch
2018-03-14: Public release of security advisory

The vendor provides an updated version and users are urged to upgrade to version
2.2.0 immediately:



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EOF Ahmad Ramadhan / @2018

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