WordPress Plugin Metronet Tag Manager 1.2.7 - Cross-Site Request Forgery

EDB-ID: 44632
Author: dxw
Published: 2018-05-16
Type: Webapps
Platform: PHP
Aliases: N/A
Advisory/Source: Link
Tags: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
Vulnerable App: Download Vulnerable Application

Software: Metronet Tag Manager
Version: 1.2.7
Homepage: https://wordpress.org/plugins/metronet-tag-manager/
Advisory report: https://advisories.dxw.com/advisories/csrf-metronet-tag-manager/
CVE: Awaiting assignment
CVSS: 5.8 (Medium; AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N)

CSRF in Metronet Tag Manager allows anybody to do almost anything an admin can

The pluginas settings page sends a nonce, and checks it when displaying the success/failure message, but is not checked when setting options.
This option is meant to contain JavaScript for Google Tag Manager, so itas displayed on every frontend page without escaping.
As this vulnerability allows adding arbitrary JavaScript, the attacker can use it to control an admin useras browser to do almost anything an admin user can do.

Proof of concept

Press submit on a page containing the following HTML snippet:
<form method=\"POST\" action=\"http://localhost/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=metronet-tag-manager\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"submit\" value=\"1\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"gtm-code-head\" value=\"<script>alert(1)</script>\">
<input type=\"submit\">

In a real attack, the form can be made to autosubmit so the victim only has to follow a link.

Upgrade to version 1.2.9 or later.

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This vulnerability will be published if we do not receive a response to this report with 14 days.


2018-04-13: Discovered
2018-04-16: Reported to plugin author via Facebook private message
2018-04-17: Plugin author confirmed receipt of message
2018-04-24: Plugin changelog indicates bug has been fixed in 1.2.9
2018-05-15: Advisory published

Discovered by dxw:
Tom Adams
Please visit security.dxw.com for more information.

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