DedeCMS 7.5 SP2 Cross Site Scripting

DedeCMS version 7.5 SP2 suffers from multiple cross site scripting vulnerabilities.

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Document Title:
DedeCMS v7.5 SP2 - Multiple Cross Site Scripting Web Vulnerabilities

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Vulnerability Class:
Cross Site Scripting - Non Persistent

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Abstract Advisory Information:
The vulnerability laboratory core research team discovered multiple
non-persistent cross site vulnerabilities in
the official DedeCMS v5.7 SP2 (UTF8) web-application.

Affected Product(s):
DesDev Inc.
Product: DedeCMS - Content Management System v5.7 SP2

Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:
2020-04-08: Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)

Discovery Status:

Exploitation Technique:

Severity Level:

Authentication Type:
Pre auth - no privileges

User Interaction:
Low User Interaction

Disclosure Type:
Independent Security Research

Technical Details & Description:
Multiple non-persistent cross site scripting vulnerabilities has been
discovered in the official DedeCMS v5.7 SP2 UTF8 web-application.
The vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject
own malicious script codes with non-persistent attack vector to
compromise browser to web-application requests from the client-side.

The cross site scripting web security vulnerabilities are located in the
`filename`, `mid`, `userid`, `templet` parameters of the `tpl.php`,
`mychannel_edit.php`, `file_manage_view.php`, `sys_admin_user_edit.php`,
`makehtml_homepage.php` files. The request method to inject
the malicious script code is GET and the attack vector of the
vulnerability is non-persistent on client-side.

Remote attackers are able to inject own script codes to the client-side
requested vulnerable web-application parameters. The attack vector of
the vulnerability is non-persistent and the request method to
inject/execute is GET. The vulnerabilities are classic client-side cross
scripting vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability
results in session hijacking, non-persistent phishing attacks,
non-persistent external redirects to malicious source and non-persistent
manipulation of affected or connected application modules.

Request Method(s):
[+] GET

Vulnerable File(s):
[+] tpl.php
[+] mychannel_edit.php
[+] file_manage_view.php
[+] sys_admin_user_edit.php
[+] makehtml_homepage.php

Vulnerable Parameter(s):
[+] filename
[+] mid
[+] userid
[+] templet

Proof of Concept (PoC):
The web vulnerabilities can be exploited by remote attackers without
privileged user account and with low user interaction.
For security demonstration or to reproduce the vulnerability follow the
provided information and steps below to continue.

Request: Examples

PoC: Payload
>">%20<iframe src=evil.source/file.js onload=alert(x)>
>">%20<img src=evil.source/file.js onload=alert(x)>

PoC: Exploitation
<title>DedeCMS v5.7 SP2 UTF8 - Multiple Non Persistent XSS PoCs</title>
src=evil.source onload=alert(x)>%20">
src=evil.source onload=alert(x)>&dopost=modifysearch">
src=evil.source onload=alert(x)>&activepath=">
src=evil.source onload=alert(document.domain)>&dopost=delete">
src=evil.source onload=alert(x)>%20">


Solution - Fix & Patch:
1. Parse the content to disallow html / js and special chars
2. Restrict the vulnerable paramter input to prevent injects via get
method request
3. Secure the output location were the content is insecure sanitized
delivered as output

Security Risk:
The security risk of the client-side non-persistent cross site scripting
web vulnerabilities in the different modules are estimated as medium.

Credits & Authors:
Vulnerability-Lab -
Benjamin Kunz Mejri -

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