vBSEO - Persistent XSS via LinkBacks
Versions Affected: 3.5.2 & 3.2.2 (Most likely all versions)
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Credits: MaXe (@InterN0T)
-:: The Advisory ::-
vBSEO is prone to persistent XSS due to insufficient sanitization of the titles on external websites vBSEO reads.
ModCP & AdminCP has the following features affected: "Moderate LinkBacks", "Incoming LinkBacks", "Outgoing LinkBacks"
<title> [XSS String] </title>
<a href="hxxp://vbulletin-installation-with-vbseo.tld/01-some-forum-thread.html">SEKSCY INJECT TIEM!</a>
After clicking the link, which the attacker has to do, vBSEO will initiate a GET-requested to the target and will
then save the linkback if enabled, in either the incoming linkback list or the moderation queue. By default all
linkbacks are enabled and this linkback is known as the "RefBack". (vBSEO checks the Referrer.)
Sample XSS String:
-:: Solution ::-
The vendor is still working on a patch even though it is very simple to patch.
Lines: 276 or 274 (depends on version), 230, 178, 112 are vulnerable.
Details: Look for "$pback[t_title]" which is the major cause of this vulnerability.
- Vulnerability found and researched: 16th December 2010
- Disclosed to vendor (vBSEO): 16th December
- Semi-Disclosed at InterN0T: 30th December
- Detailed Disclosure: 31st January 2011