CVE-2015-2563 – Vastal I-tech phpVID 1.2.3 SQL Injection Web Security Vulnerabilities

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CVE-2015-2563 – Vastal I-tech phpVID 1.2.3 SQL Injection Web Security Vulnerabilities

Exploit Title: CVE-2015-2563 Vastal I-tech phpVID /groups.php Multiple Parameters SQL Injection Web Security Vulnerabilities

Product: phpVID

Vendor: Vastal I-tech

Vulnerable Versions: 1.2.3 0.9.9

Tested Version: 1.2.3 0.9.9

Advisory Publication: March 13, 2015

Latest Update: April 25, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an SQL Command (‘SQL Injection’) [CWE-89]

CVE Reference: CVE-2015-2563

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.5 (HIGH) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 6.4

Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

CVSS Version 2 Metrics:

Access Vector: Network exploitable

Access Complexity: Low

Authentication: Not required to exploit

Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Credit: Wang Jing [School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore] (@justqdjing)

Direction Details:



(1) Vendor & Product Description:



Vendor:

Vastal I-tech

Product & Vulnerable Versions:

phpVID

1.2.3

0.9.9

Vendor URL & Download:

phpVID can be approached from here,

http://www.vastal.com/phpvid-the-video-sharing-software.html#.VP7aQ4V5MxA


Product Introduction Overview:

“phpVID is a video sharing software or a video shating script and has all the features that are needed to run a successful video sharing website like youtube.com. The features include the following. phpVID is the best youtube clone available. The latest features include the parsing of the subtitles file and sharing videos via facebook. With phpVID Video Sharing is extremely easy.”


“The quality of code and the latest web 2.0 technologies have helped our customers to achieve their goals with ease. Almost all customers who have purchased phpVID are running a successful video sharing website. The quality of code has helped in generating more then 3 million video views a month using a “single dedicated server”. phpVID is the only software in market which was built in house and not just purchased from someone. We wrote the code we know the code and we support the code faster then anyone else. Have any questions/concerns please contact us at: info@vastal.com. See demo at: http://www.phpvid.com. If you would like to see admin panel demo please email us at: info@vastal.com.”


“Server Requirements:

Preferred Server: Linux any Version

PHP 4.1.0 or above

MySQL 3.1.10 or above

GD Library 2.0.1 or above

Mod Rewrite and .htaccess enabled on server.

FFMPEG (If you wish to convert the videos to Adobe Flash)”

(2) Vulnerability Details:

phpVID web application has a computer security bug problem. It can be exploited by SQL Injection attacks. This may allow an attacker to inject or manipulate SQL queries in the back-end database, allowing for the manipulation or disclosure of arbitrary data. Other bug hunter researchers have found some SQL Injection vulnerabilities related to it before, too. phpVID has patched some of them.


Several other similar products 0-day vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. phpVID has patched some of them. “Openwall software releases and other related files are also available from the Openwall file archive and its mirrors. You are encouraged to use the mirrors, but be sure to verify the signatures on software you download. The more experienced users and software developers may use our CVSweb server to browse through the source code for most pieces of Openwall software along with revision history information for each source file. We publish articles, make presentations, and offer professional services.” Openwall has published suggestions, advisories, solutions details related to important vulnerabilities.



(2.1) The first code programming flaw occurs at “&order_by” “&cat” parameters in “groups.php?” page.


Related Links:

http://packetstormsecurity.com/files/130754/Vastal-I-tech-phpVID-1.2.3-SQL-Injection.html

https://progressive-comp.com/?l=full-disclosure&m=142601071700617&w=2

http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2015/Mar/58

http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1699

http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2015/03/10/8

http://static-173-79-223-25.washdc.fios.verizon.net/?l=full-disclosure&m=142601071700617&w=2

http://www.tetraph.com/blog/xss-vulnerability/cve-2015-2563/

http://static-173-79-223-25.washdc.fios.verizon.net/?l=full-disclosure&m=142551597501701&w=2

https://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2015020091

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=935563809832135&id=874373602617823

http://t.qq.com/p/t/482410003538035

http://biboying.lofter.com/post/1cc9f4f5_6ee2aa5

http://mathpost.tumblr.com/post/118768553885/xingti-cve-2015-2563-vastal-i-tech-phpvid

http://essayjeans.lofter.com/post/1cc7459a_6ee4fcb

http://xingti.tumblr.com/post/118768481545/cve-2015-2563-vastal-i-tech-phpvid-1-2-3-sql

https://plus.google.com/113698571167401884560/posts/gftS84rfD3A

https://itswift.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/cve-2015-2563-vastal-i-tech-phpvid/

https://www.facebook.com/essayjeans/posts/827458144012006

https://tetraph.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/cve-2015-2563-vastal-i-tech-phpvid/

http://mathstopic.blogspot.com/2015/05/cve-2015-2563-vastal-i-tech-phpvid-123.html

http://yurusi.blogspot.sg/2015/05/cve-2015-2563-vastal-i-tech-phpvid-123.html

https://twitter.com/tetraphibious/status/598057025247907840

http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/23460305120154125453111/


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CVE-2015-2214 – NetCat CMS Full Path Disclosure (Information Disclosure) Web Security Vulnerabilities

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CVE-2015-2214 – NetCat CMS Full Path Disclosure (Information Disclosure) Web Security Vulnerabilities


 

Exploit Title: CVE-2015-2214 NetCat CMS Full Path Disclosure Web Security Vulnerabilities

Product: NetCat CMS (Content Management System)

Vendor: NetCat

Vulnerable Versions: 5.01   3.12   3.0   2.4   2.3   2.2   2.1   2.0   1.1

Tested Version: 5.01   3.12

Advisory Publication: February 27, 2015

Latest Update: May 05, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Information Leak / Disclosure [CWE-200]

CVE Reference: CVE-2015-2214

Impact CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 5.0 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 2.9

Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

CVSS Version 2 Metrics:

Access Vector: Network exploitable

Access Complexity: Low

Authentication: Not required to exploit

Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information

Credit and Writer: Wang Jing [School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore] (@justqdjing)

 
 
 

Consultation Details:


 

(1) Vendor & Product Description:

Vendor:

NetCat


 

Product & Version:

NetCat

5.01   3.12   3.0   2.4   2.3   2.2   2.1   2.0   1.1


 

Vendor URL & Download:

NetCat can be accessed from here,

http://netcat.ru/


 

Product Introduction Overview:

NetCat.ru is russian local company. “NetCat designed to create an absolute majority of the types of sites: from simple “business card” with a minimum content to complex web-based systems, from corporate offices to online stores, libraries or media data – in other words, projects completely different directions and at any level of complexity. View examples of sites running on NetCat CMS can be in a special section.”


“Manage the site on the basis of NetCat can even inexperienced user, because it does not require knowledge of Internet technologies, programming and markup languages. NetCat constantly improving, adds new features. In the process of finalizing necessarily take into account the wishes of our partners and clients, as well as trends in Internet development. More than 2,000 studios and private web developers have chosen for their projects is NetCat, and in 2013 sites, successfully working on our CMS, created more than 18,000.”


“We give a discount on any edition NetCat

We try to help our partners to enter into a close-knit team. To reduce your expenses on the development of a new system, we provide special conditions for the acquisition of commercial licenses NetCat, for a partner is assigned a permanent discount of 40%, which according to the results of further sales could be increased to 60%.”


“Teach your developers work with the secrets NetCat

In addition to the detailed documentation and video tutorials to new partners we offer a unique free service – direct contact with the developer from the team NetCat, which will help in the development of product development tools.”


“We give customers

Once you develop the three sites NetCat information about you appear in our ranking developers. This means that you not only begin to receive direct requests from clients but also become a member of tenders conducted by customers. In addition, if the partner is really good work, employees NetCat begin recommending it to clients requesting assistance in the choice of contractor.”


“We will help in the promotion of

The company is a regular participant NetCat large number of forums, seminars and conferences. We are happy to organize together with partners involved, help with advertising materials and share information for the report.”


“Confirmed its status in the eyes of customers

We have a very flexible system of certification of partners: we do not give certificates for the sale of licenses and for the developed sites. So, for example, to obtain a certificate “Development of corporate websites’ to add to your personal account three implementation of the appropriate type.”

 
 

(2) Vulnerability Details:

NetCat web application has a computer security bug problem. It can be exploited by information leakage attacks – Full Path Disclosure (FPD). This may allow a remote attacker to disclose the software’s installation path. While such information is relatively low risk, it is often useful in carrying out additional, more focused attacks.


Several other similar products 0-day vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. Netcat has patched some of them. FusionVM Vulnerability Management and Compliance provides sources for the latest info-sec news, tools, and advisories. It has published suggestions, advisories, solutions details related to important vulnerabilities.

 

(2.1) The first programming code flaw occurs at “&redirect_url” parameter in “netshop/post.php?” page.

 
 
 
 
 

References:

http://tetraph.com/security/full-path-disclosure-vulnerability/netcat-cms-full-path-disclosure-information-disclosure-security-vulnerabilities/

http://securityrelated.blogspot.com/2015/02/netcat-cms-full-path-disclosure.html

http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2015/Mar/8

https://www.mail-archive.com/fulldisclosure%40seclists.org/msg01740.html

http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1645

http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2015/03/02/6

http://static-173-79-223-25.washdc.fios.verizon.net/?l=full-disclosure&m=142527117510514&w=2

http://marc.info/?l=full-disclosure&m=142527117510514&w=4

https://itinfotechnology.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/netcat-cms-full-path-disclosure-information-disclosure-security-vulnerabilities/

http://www.tetraph.com/blog/information-leakage-vulnerability/cve-2015-2214-netcat-cms-full-path-disclosure-information-disclosure-web-security-vulnerabilities/

http://essayjeans.blog.163.com/blog/static/2371730742015411113047382/

http://www.weibo.com/1644370627/ChjMoA9hD?type=comment#_rnd1431315096193

http://homehut.lofter.com/post/1d226c81_6eae13a

 

CVE-2015-2209 – DLGuard Full Path Disclosure (Information Leakage) Web Security Vulnerabilities

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CVE-2015-2209 – DLGuard Full Path Disclosure (Information Leakage) Web Security Vulnerabilities



Exploit Title: DLGuard “/index.php?” “&c” parameter Full Path Disclosure Web Security Vulnerabilities

Product: DLGuard

Vendor: DLGuard

Vulnerable Versions: v4.5

Tested Version: v4.5

Advisory Publication: January 18, 2015

Latest Update: March 20, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Information Exposure [CWE-200]

CVE Reference: CVE-2015-2209

Impact CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 5.0 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 2.9

Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

CVSS Version 2 Metrics:

Access Vector: Network exploitable

Access Complexity: Low

Authentication: Not required to exploit

Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information

Credit: Wang Jing [School of Mathematical Sciences (001), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)] (@justqdjing)

 
 
 
 

Consultation Details:

 

(1) Vendor & Product Description:

 

Vendor:

DLGuard

 

Product & Version:

DLGuard

v4.5

 

Vendor URL & Download:

DLGuard can be obtained from here,

http://www.dlguard.com/dlginfo/index.php

 

Product Introduction Overview:

“DLGuard is a powerful, yet easy to use script that you simply upload to your website and then rest assured that your internet business is not only safe, but also much easier to manage, automating the tasks you just don’t have the time for.”

 

“DLGuard supports the three types, or methods, of sale on the internet:

Single item sales (including bonus products!)

Multiple item sales

Membership websites”

 

“DLGuard is fully integrated with: PayPal, ClickBank, 2Checkout, Authorize.Net, WorldPay, AlertPay, Ebay, PayDotCom, E-Gold, 1ShoppingCart, Click2Sell, Mal’s E-Commerce, LinkPoint, PagSeguro, CCBill, CommerseGate, DigiResults, FastSpring, JVZoo, MultiSafePay, Paypal Digital Goods, Plimus, RevenueWire/SafeCart, SWReg, WSO Pro, and even tracks your free product downloads. The DLGuard built-in Shopping Cart offers Paypal, Authorize.net, and 2Checkout payment options. The Membership areas allow Paypal, Clickbank, 2Checkout, and LinkPoint recurring billing as well as linking to any PayPal, ClickBank, 2Checkout, Authorize.Net, WorldPay, AlertPay, Ebay, PayDotCom, E-Gold, 1ShoppingCart, E-Bullion, LinkPoint, PagSeguro, CCBill, CommerseGate, DigiResults, FastSpring, JVZoo, MultiSafePay, Paypal Digital Goods, Plimus, RevenueWire/SafeCart, SWReg, WSO Pro single sale and free products so that people who buy your products can access your members area. DLGuard is the perfect solution to secure your single sale item, such as a niche marketing website, software sales, ebook sales, and more! DLGuard not only protects your download page, but it makes setting up new products, or making changes to existing products so much quicker and easier than before.”

 

(2) Vulnerability Details:

DLGuard web application has a computer security bug problem. It can be exploited by information leakage attacks – Full Path Disclosure (FPD). This may allow a remote attacker to disclose the software’s installation path. While such information is relatively low risk, it is often useful in carrying out additional, more focused attacks.

Several similar products vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. DLguard has patched some of them. NVD is the U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data (This data enables automation of vulnerability management, security measurement, and compliance (e.g. FISMA)). It has published suggestions, advisories, solutions related to important vulnerabilities.


(2.1) The first bug flaw occurs at “&c” parameter in “index.php?” page.

 

 

References:

 

 

CVE-2014-9559 SnipSnap XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Security Vulnerabilities

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Exploit Title: SnipSnap /snipsnap-search? query Parameter XSS

Product: SnipSnap

Vulnerable Versions: 0.5.2a 1.0b1 1.0b2

Tested Version: 0.5.2a 1.0b1 1.0b2

Advisory Publication: Jan 30, 2015

Latest Update: Jan 30, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Cross-Site Scripting [CWE-79]

CVE Reference: CVE-2014-9559

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.3 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 2.9

Exploitability Subscore: 8.6

Credit: Wang Jing [MAS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore]

http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/xss-vulnerability/cve-2014-9559-snipsnap-xss-cross-site-scripting-security-vulnerabilities/

CVE-2014-8490 TennisConnect COMPONENTS System XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Security Vulnerability

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Exploit Title: TennisConnect “TennisConnect COMPONENTS System” /index.cfm pid Parameter XSS

Product: TennisConnect COMPONENTS System

Vendor: TennisConnect

Vulnerable Versions: 9.927

Tested Version: 9.927

Advisory Publication: Nov 18, 2014

Latest Update: Nov 18, 2014

Vulnerability Type: Cross-Site Scripting [CWE-79]

CVE Reference: CVE-2014-8490

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.3 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 2.9

Exploitability Subscore: 8.6

Credit: Wang Jing [CCRG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore]

http://blog.163.com/greensun_2006/blog/static/11122112201511194023591/

CVE-2014-9562 OptimalSite Content Management System (CMS) XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Web Security Vulnerabilities

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CVE-2014-9562 OptimalSite Content Management System (CMS) XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Web Security Vulnerabilities


Exploit Title: OptimalSite CMS /display_dialog.php image Parameter XSS Web Security Vulnerability

Vendor: OptimalSite

Product: OptimalSite Content Management System (CMS)

Vulnerable Versions: V.1 V2.4

Tested Version: V.1 V2.4

Advisory Publication: January 24, 2015

Latest Update: January 31, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Cross-Site Scripting [CWE-79]

CVE Reference: CVE-2014-9562

Impact CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.3 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 2.9

Exploitability Subscore: 8.6

CVSS Version 2 Metrics:

Access Vector: Network exploitable; Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism

Access Complexity: Medium

Authentication: Not required to exploit

Impact Type: Allows unauthorized modification

Credit: Jing Wang [School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore] (@justqdjing)





Suggestion Details:

(1) Vendor & Product Description

Vendor:

OptimalSite


Product & Version:

OptimalSite Content Management System (CMS)

V.1

V2.4


Vendor URL & Download:

The product can be obtained from here,

http://www.optimalsite.com/en/


Product Description Overview:

“Content management system OptimalSite is an online software package that enables the management of information published on a website. OptimalSite consists of the system core and integrated modules, which allow expanding website possibilities and functionality. You may select a set of modules that suits your needs best.


Website page structure

Website page structure is presented in a tree structure similar to Windows Explorer, so that several page levels can be created for each item on the menu. The website’s structure itself can be easily edited: you can create new website pages, delete unnecessary ones, and temporarily disable individual pages.


Website languages

OptimalSite may be used to create a website in different languages, the number of which is not limited. Different information may be presented in each separate language and the structure of pages in each language may also differ.


WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor

Using this universal text editor makes posting and replacing information on the website effortless. Even a minimum knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel will make it easy to use the tools of WYSIWYG text editor and implement your ideas.


Search function in the system

By using search function system’s administrator is able to find any information that is published in administrative environment. It is possible to execute a search in the whole system and in separate its’ modules as well.


Recycle bin function

System administrator is able to delete useless data. All deleted data is stored in recycle bin, so administrator can restore information anytime. “




(2) Vulnerability Details:

OptimalSite web application has a computer security bug problem. It can be exploited by stored XSS attacks. This may allow a remote attacker to create a specially crafted request that would execute arbitrary script code in a user’s browser session within the trust relationship between their browser and the server.

Several other the similar product 0-day vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. OptinalSite has patched some of them. “Openwall software releases and other related files are also available from the Openwall file archive and its mirrors. You are encouraged to use the mirrors, but be sure to verify the signatures on software you download. The more experienced users and software developers may use our CVSweb server to browse through the source code for most pieces of Openwall software along with revision history information for each source file. We publish articles, make presentations, and offer professional services.” Openwall has published suggestions, advisories, solutions details related to XSS vulnerabilities.


(2.1) The code programming flaw occurs at “&image” parameter in “display_dialog.php” page.






http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2015/02/02/3

http://static-173-79-223-25.washdc.fios.verizon.net/?a=139222176300014&r=1&w=2

http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1546

https://zuiyuxiang.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/cve-2014-9562-optimalsite-content-management-system-cms-xss-cross-site-scripting-security-vulnerabilities/

http://frenchairing.blogspot.com/2015/05/cve-2014-9562-optimalsite-content.html

http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/234603051201541082835108/

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1623045457913931&id=1567915086760302

https://twitter.com/buttercarrot/status/597377286996791299

http://www.weibo.com/5099722551/ChdSxaqGR?ref=home&rid=4_0_1_2669612892358968742&type=comment

https://plus.google.com/113115469311022848114/posts/9mdeMorsS2C

http://ittechnology.lofter.com/post/1cfbf60d_6e93c47

http://itinfotech.tumblr.com/post/118602673596/securitypost-cve-2014-9562-optimalsite-content

About Group (about.com) All Topics (At least 99.88% links) Vulnerable to XSS & Iframe Injection Security Attacks, About.com Open Redirect Web Security Vulnerabilities

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About Group (about.com) All Topics (At least 99.88% links) Vulnerable to XSS & Iframe Injection Security Attacks, About.com Open Redirect Security Vulnerabilities

 

Vulnerability Description:
About.com all “topic sites” are vulnerable to XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) and Iframe Injection (Cross Frame Scripting) attacks. This means all sub-domains of about.com are affected. Based on a self-written program, 94357 links were tested. Only 118 links do not belong to the topics (Metasites) links. Meanwhile, some about.com main pages are vulnerable to XSS attack, too. This means no more than 0.125% links are not affected. At least 99.875% links of About Group are vulnerable to XSS and Iframe Injection attacks. In fact, for about.com’s structure, the main domain is something just like a cover. So, very few links belong to them.

 

Simultaneously, the About.com main page’s search field is vulnerable to XSS attacks, too. This means all domains related to about.com are vulnerable to XSS attacks.

 

 

Simultaneously, the About.com main page’s search field is vulnerable to XSS attacks, too. This means all domains related to about.com are vulnerable to XSS attacks.

 

For the Iframe Injection vulnerability. They can be used to do DDOS (Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack) to other websites, too.

Here is one example of DDOS based on Iframe Injection attacks of others.
http://www.incapsula.com/blog/world-largest-site-xss-ddos-zombies.html

 

In the last, some “Open Redirect” vulnerabilities related to about.com are introduced. There may be large number of other Open Redirect Vulnerabilities not detected. Since About.com are trusted by some the other websites. Those vulnerabilities can be used to do “Covert Redirect” to these websites.

 

 

Vulnerability Disclosure:
Those vulnerabilities were reported to About on Sunday, Oct 19, 2014. No one replied. Until now, they are still unpatched.

 

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Vulnerability Discover:
Jing Wang, Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. (@Justqdjing)
http://www.tetraph.com/wangjing

 

 

(1) Some Basic Background

 

“For March 2014, 61,428,000 unique visitors were registered by comScore for About.com, making it the 16th-most-visited online property for that month.” (The New York Times)

 

“About.com, also known as The About Group (formerly About Inc.), is an Internet-based network of content that publishes articles and videos about various subjects on its “topic sites,” of which there are nearly 1,000. The website competes with other online resource sites and encyclopedias, including those of the Wikimedia Foundation, and, for March 2014, 61,428,000 unique visitors were registered by comScore for About.com, making it the 16th-most-visited online property for that month. As of August 2012, About.com is the property of IAC, owner of Ask.com and numerous other online brands, and its revenue is generated by advertising.” (Wikipedia)

 

“As of May 2013, About.com was receiving about 84 million unique monthly visitors.” (TechCrunch. AOL Inc.)

 

“According to About’s online media kit, nearly 1,000 “Experts” (freelance writers) contribute to the site by writing on various topics, including healthcare and travel.” (About.com)

 

 

(1.2) Topics Related to About.com
“The Revolutionary About.com Directory and Community Metasite. Hundreds of real live passionate Guides covering Arts, Entertainment, Business, Industry, Science, Technology, Culture, Health, Fitness, Games,Travel, News, Careers, Jobs, Sports, Recreation, Parenting, Kids, Teens, Moms, Education, Computers, Hobbies and Local Information.” (azlist.about.com)

 

About.com – Sites A to Z

Number of Topics

A: 66

B: 61

C: 118

D: 49

E: 33

F: 57

G: 39

H: 48

I: 32

J: 15

K: 13

L: 36

M: 70

N: 26

O: 23

P: 91

Q: 4

R: 32

S: 104

T: 47

U: 12

V: 9

W: 43

X: 1

Y: 4

Z: 1

SUM: 1039

Reference: azlist.about.com/

 

In fact, those are not all topics of about.com. Some of the topics are not listed here such as,
http://specialchildren.about.com

 

So, there are more than 1000 topics related to about.com.

 

 

(1.3) Result of Exploiting XSS Attacks
XSS may allow a remote attacker to create a specially crafted request that would execute arbitrary script code in a user’s browser session within the trust relationship between their browser and the server.

 

Base on Acunetix, exploited XSS is commonly used to achieve the following malicious results:

“Identity theft

Accessing sensitive or restricted information

Gaining free access to otherwise paid for content

Spying on user’s web browsing habits

Altering browser functionality

Public defamation of an individual or corporation

Web application defacement

Denial of Service attacks (DOS)

” (Acunetix)

 

 

(1.4) Basics of Iframe Injection (Cross-frame-Scripting) Vulnerabilities
“In an XFS (Cross-frame-Scripting) attack, the attacker exploits a specific cross-frame-scripting bug in a web browser to access private data on a third-party website. The attacker induces the browser user to navigate to a web page the attacker controls; the attacker’s page loads a third-party page in an HTML frame; and then JavaScript executing in the attacker’s page steals data from the third-party page.” (OWASP)

 

“XFS also sometimes is used to describe an XSS attack which uses an HTML frame in the attack. For example, an attacker might exploit a Cross Site Scripting Flaw to inject a frame into a third-party web page; or an attacker might create a page which uses a frame to load a third-party page with an XSS flaw.” (OWASP)

 

 

(1.5) Basic of Open Redirect (Dest Redirect Privilege Escalation) Vulnerabilities
“An open redirect is an application that takes a parameter and redirects a user to the parameter value without any validation. This vulnerability is used in phishing attacks to get users to visit malicious sites without realizing it.” (OWASP)

Open redirect is listed in OWASP top 10. The general consensus of it is “avoiding such flaws is extremely important, as they are a favorite target of phishers trying to gain the user’s trust.”

 

Several other similar products 0-day vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. CNN has patched some of them. “The Full Disclosure mailing list is a public forum for detailed discussion of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques, as well as tools, papers, news, and events of interest to the community. FD differs from other security lists in its open nature and support for researchers’ right to decide how to disclose their own discovered bugs. The full disclosure movement has been credited with forcing vendors to better secure their products and to publicly acknowledge and fix flaws rather than hide them. Vendor legal intimidation and censorship attempts are not tolerated here!” A great many of the following web securities have been published here, Injection, Broken Authentication and Session Management, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Insecure Direct Object References, Security Misconfiguration, Sensitive Data Exposure, Missing Function Level Access Control, Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF), Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities, Unvalidated Redirects and Forwards. It also publishes suggestions, advisories, solutions details related to XSS and URL Redirection vulnerabilities and cyber intelligence recommendations.

 

 

 

(2) About Group About.com All Topics (At least 99.88% links) Vulnerable to XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Security Attacks

 

Vulnerability description:

A method was found to attack users of About.com based XSS attacks.

All links under the topics of about.com can be used for this attack.

Just attach “/lr/” to any About.com’s sub-domains. Then attach “any codes + sciript” or attach “script” code directly is OK. The structure is “http://subdomain.about.com/lr/*/script_code/*“.

The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Mozilla Firefox (26.0) in Ubuntu (14.04) and Microsoft IE (9.0.15) in Windows 7.

 

 

about_all_xss_1

 

about_all_xss_2

 

about_all_xss_4

 

 

POC Codes, e.g.

/”><svg/onload=alert(/justqdjing/)>

http://ipod.about.com/lr/ipad_how-tos/9033“><svg/onload=alert(/justqdjing/)>

http://dc.about.com/lr/shopping/a/BlkFriday.htm/“><svg/onload=alert(/justqdjing/)>

 

 

 

(3) About Group About.com Main Page’s Search Field XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Security Vulnerabilities

 

Vulnerability description:
The web application About.com online website has a security bug problem. It can be exploited by XSS attacks.

 

 

The code programming flaw occurs at about.com main page’s search field, e.g.
http://www.about.com/?q=googleandroidsystem

 

 

about_search_xss1




POC Codes, e.g.

“–/>”><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

http://www.about.com/?q=“–/>”><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

 

 

 

(4) About Group About.com All Topics (At least 99.88% links) Vulnerable to Iframe Injection (Cross Frame Scripting) Security Attacks

 

Vulnerability description:
About Group has a security problem. It can be exploited by Iframe Injection (Cross Frame Scripting) attacks.

 

The vulnerability occurs at about.com “offsite.htm” page with “zu” parameter, e.g.

 

Use “http://whitehatpost.blog.163.com/” for the following test.

 

The vulnerabilities can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Microsoft IE (10.0.9200.16750) of Windows 8, Mozilla Firefox (34.0) & Google Chromium 39.0.2171.65-0 ubuntu0.14.04.1.1064 (64-bit) of Ubuntu (14.04),Apple Safari 6.1.6 of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.

 

about_inframe_injection

 

about_international_iframe_jnjection

 

 

Vulnerable URLs:

 

 

 

(5) About (about.com) Open Redirect Multiple (Dest Redirect Privilege Escalation) Security Vulnerabilities

About Group online web application has a computer cyber security bug problem. It can be exploited by Unvalidated Redirects and Forwards (URL Redirection) attacks. This could allow a user to create a specially crafted URL, that if clicked, would redirect a victim from the intended legitimate web site to an arbitrary web site of the attacker’s choosing. Such attacks are useful as the crafted URL initially appear to be a web page of a trusted site. This could be leveraged to direct an unsuspecting user to a web page containing attacks that target client side software such as a web browser or document rendering programs.

 

The vulnerabilities can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Microsoft IE (10.0.9200.16750) of Windows 8, Mozilla Firefox (34.0) & Google Chromium 39.0.2171.65-0 ubuntu0.14.04.1.1064 (64-bit) of Ubuntu (14.04),Apple Safari 6.1.6 of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.

 

Use one of webpages for the following tests. The webpage address is “http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/“. Suppose that this webpage is malicious.

 

Vulnerable URL 1:

POC:

 

Vulnerable URL 2:

POC:

 

Vulnerable URL 3:

POC:

 

 

 

 

 

More Details:
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2015/Feb/9
http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2015/02/02/4
https://www.mail-archive.com/fulldisclosure%40seclists.org/msg01647.html
http://securityrelated.blogspot.com/2015/02/about-group-aboutcom-all-topics-at_37.html
http://tetraph.com/security/xss-vulnerability/about-group-about-com-all-topics-at
http://webcabinet.tumblr.com/post/118901412227/securitypost-about-group-99-88-xss
http://xingzhehong.lofter.com/post/1cfd0db2_6f05d60
https://hackertopic.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/about-group-xss-xfs/
http://itinfotech.tumblr.com/post/120845059171/about-group-xss-xfs
http://itprompt.blogspot.com/2015/06/about-group-xss-xfs.html
https://plus.google.com/u/0/100242269120759811496/posts/T3SbFnTZGAo
https://itinfotechnology.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/about-group
https://www.facebook.com/websecuritiesnews/posts/803853789734793
https://twitter.com/essayjeans/status/607137800383655936
http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/2346030512015566409245/
https://www.facebook.com/pcwebsecurities/posts/687872271358693
http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/web-security/about-group-xss-xrf-open-redirect/
http://itsecurity.lofter.com/post/1cfbf9e7_733e1e5
https://webtechwire.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/about-xss-xfs/