Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) in qTranslate WordPress Plugin

From: High-Tech Bridge Security Research <>
Subject: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) in qTranslate WordPress Plugin

Advisory ID: HTB23265
Product: qTranslate WordPress plugin
Vendor: Qian Qin 
Vulnerable Version(s): 2.5.39  and probably prior
Tested Version: 2.5.39 
Advisory Publication:  July 1, 2015  [without technical details]
Vendor Notification: July 1, 2015 
Public Disclosure: July 29, 2015 
Vulnerability Type: Cross-Site Scripting [CWE-79]
CVE Reference: CVE-2015-5535
Risk Level: Medium 
CVSSv2 Base Score: 4.3 (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)
Discovered and Provided: High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab ( ) 


Advisory Details:

High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab discovered vulnerability in qTranslate WordPress plugin, which can be exploited to perform Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks against website administrators. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to gain complete control over the web application, if the victim visits a malicious page with XSS exploit. This vulnerability can also be used to perform drive-by-download or phishing attacks against website administrators. 

Input passed via "edit" HTTP GET parameter to "/wp-admin/options-general.php" is not properly sanitised before being returned to the user. A remote attacker can trick a logged-in administrator to open a specially crafted link and execute arbitrary HTML and script code in browser in context of the vulnerable website.

A simple exploit below will display a JS popup with "ImmuniWeb" word:




Disclosure timeline:
2015-07-01 Vendor notified via email, no reply.
2015-07-10 Vendor notified via emails and support thread on the WordPress plugin page, no reply.
2015-07-17 Vendor notified  via emails, no reply.
2015-07-28 Fix requested via emails, no reply.
2015-07-29 Public disclosure.

Currently we are not aware of any official solution from the vendor. As at temporary solution we strongly recommend disabling the vulnerable plugin. 



[1] High-Tech Bridge Advisory HTB23265 - - Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) in qTranslate WordPress Plugin.
[2] qTranslate WordPress plugin - - qTranslate makes creation of multilingual content as easy as working with a single language.
[3] Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) - - international in scope and free for public use, CVE® is a dictionary of publicly known information security vulnerabilities and exposures.
[4] Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) - - targeted to developers and security practitioners, CWE is a formal list of software weakness types.
[5] ImmuniWeb® SaaS - - hybrid of manual web application penetration test and cutting-edge vulnerability scanner available online via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.


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