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WordPress 3.1.3 - SQL Injection Vulnerabilities



EDB-ID: 17465 CVE: N/A OSVDB-ID: 73723
Author: SEC Consult Published: 2011-07-01 Verified: Verified
Exploit Code:   Download Vulnerable App:   N/A

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SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20110701-0 >
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              title: Multiple SQL Injection Vulnerabilities
            product: WordPress
 vulnerable version: 3.1.3/3.2-RC1 and probably earlier versions
      fixed version: 3.1.4/3.2-RC3
             impact: Medium
           homepage: http://wordpress.org/
              found: 2011-06-21
                 by: K. Gudinavicius                             
                     SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab 
                     https://www.sec-consult.com
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Vendor description:
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"WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured
personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under
the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog.
WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to
2001."

Source: http://wordpress.org/about/



Vulnerability overview/description:
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Due to insufficient input validation in certain functions of WordPress
it is possible for a user with the "Editor" role to inject arbitrary
SQL commands. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker gains
access to all records stored in the database with the privileges of the
WordPress database user.



Proof of concept:
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1) The get_terms() filter declared in the wp-includes/taxonomy.php file
does not properly validate user input,  allowing an attacker with
"Editor" privileges to inject arbitrary SQL commands in the "orderby"
and "order" parameters passed as array members to the vulnerable filter
when sorting for example link categories. 

The following URLs could be used to perform blind SQL injection
attacks: 

http://localhost/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=link_category&orderby=[SQL
injection]&order=[SQL injection]
http://localhost/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=post_tag&orderby=[SQL
injection]&order=[SQL injection]
http://localhost/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category&orderby=[SQL
injection]&order=[SQL injection]


2) The get_bookmarks() function declared in the
wp-includes/bookmark.php file does not properly validate user input,
allowing an attacker with "Editor" privileges to inject arbitrary SQL
commands in the "orderby" and "order" parameters passed as array
members to the vulnerable function when sorting links. 

The following URL could be used to perform blind SQL injection attacks:

http://localhost/wp-admin/link-manager.php?orderby=[SQL
injection]&order=[SQL injection]


Vulnerable / tested versions:
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The vulnerability has been verified to exist in version 3.1.3 of
WordPress, which is the most recent version at the time of discovery.


Vendor contact timeline:
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2011-06-22: Contacting vendor through security () wordpress org
2011-06-22: Vendor reply, sending advisory draft
2011-06-23: Vendor confirms security issue
2011-06-30: Vendor releases patched version
2011-07-01: SEC Consult publishes advisory



Solution:
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Upgrade to version 3.1.4 or 3.2-RC3


Workaround:
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A more restrictive role, e.g. "Author", could be applied to the user.



Advisory URL:
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https://www.sec-consult.com/en/advisories.html


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