Multiple Vulnerabilities In Progress Sitefinity CMS


Multiple Vulnerabilities


Progress Sitefinity

Vulnerable Version


Fixed Version


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Siddhartha Tripathy & Mingshuo Li (Office Singapore) | SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in Progress Sitefinity CMS version 9.1. Among others, an open redirection vulnerability allows an attacker to break the session-based authentication. Futhermore, an attacker can exploit an XSS vulnerability to escalate the privileges.

Vendor Description

“Progress Sitefinity is a content management and marketing analytics platform designed to maximize the agility needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing digital marketplace. It provides developers and IT teams the tools they need to support enterprise-level digital marketing, optimizing the customer journey by delivering seamless personalized experiences across different technologies and devices. Progress is a trusted source for the digital marketing innovation needed to create transformative customer experiences that fuel business success.”



Business Recommendation

SEC Consult recommends applying the provided patches by the vendor immediately.

Additionally, there are strong indications for further vulnerabilities and it is highly suggested to perform a thorough security review by security professionals to lower the risk of using this product.


Vulnerability Overview/ Description


1) Open Redirect Vulnerabilities

Several scripts of Sitefinity are vulnerable to an open redirect. This vulnerability allows an attacker to redirect the victim to any site by using a manipulated link (e.g. a manipulated link in a phishing mail, forum or a guestbook). The redirection target could imitate the original site and might be used for phishing attacks or for running browser exploits to infect the victim’s machine with malware. Because the server name in the manipulated link is identical to the original site, phishing attempts have a more trustworthy appearance.

In the first instance of this vulnerability, the open redirect will forward an authentication token to the attacker controlled site, which can be abused by the attacker to initiate new sessions for the affected user.


2) Broken Session Management

During the authentication process, Sitefinity creates an authentication token “wrap_access_token”, which is further used as a GET parameter to initiate a valid session if the supplied credentials have been verified to be correct. Transporting this token as GET parameter causes unnecessary exposure of the sensitive token, as it might end up in proxy or access logs.

Furthermore, this token is not tied to the session ID and can be used to generate new valid sessions for the user, even if the initial session has been terminated by the user. The token will also survive a password change (e.g. if the user suspects misuse of his account) and can still be used to initiate new sessions. During the timeframe of testing, no expiry of the token could be observed. The wrap_access_token can thus be seen as a “Kerberos golden ticket”
for Sitefinity.


3) Permanent Cross-Site Scripting

Multiple scripts do not properly sanitize/encode user input, which leads to permanent cross site scripting vulnerabilities. Furthermore, the web application allows users to upload HTML files, which are provided via the same domain, allowing an authenticated attacker to access arbitrary information and execute arbitrary functions of Sitefinity on behalf of other users. These vulnerabilities can be used by attackers to circumvent segregation of duties.


Proof Of Concept

1a) Open Redirection with Access Token

On the Sitefinity login site, the “realm” parameter will point the user to the actual location, once the user authenticates successfully. The parameter must start with the actual URL “” to act as a valid destination. However, the filter can be circumvented by appending the at symbol (“%40”, @) followed by an attacker controlled host name (e.g. “”). In this case, the original URL will be forwarded to the attacker controlled host as username.

Successfully authenticating with the below URL will forward the victim to the attacker controlled host “”.


This vulnerability will not only redirect the user to arbitrary websites, but Sitefinity will also transmit the parameter “wrap_access_token” as GET parameter to the request. After successful authentication, the following request will be made to the attacker controlled host:

GET /sitefinity/?wrap_deflated=true&wrap_access_token=vZPPbtd[...]AQ%3d%3d&wrap_access_token_expires_in=3600 HTTP/1.1

The access token can be used by the attacker to create a valid session with Sitefinity for the victim user, by appending the obtained wrap_access_token to the following request:


Furthermore, the wrap_access_token remains valid for an extended time (more than 24 hours during the test period) and can be used to create new sessions for the affected user even after the initial session was terminated by logging out or after the credentials have been changed (refer to vulnerability (2))


1b) Open Redirection in the sign-out URL

The parameter “ReturnUrl” of the sign-out function is vulnerable to open redirect. Calling the following request will redirect the victim user to an attacker controlled site after confirming the logout:


2) Broken Session Management

After successful authentication, the following request including the parameter access_wrap_token will be made to the Sitefinity server:

GET /sitefinity/?wrap_deflated=true&wrap_access_token=vZPPbtd[...]AQ%3d%3d&wrap_access_token_expires_in=3600 HTTP/1.1

3a) Permanent Cross-Site Scripting in the Content Management Template Configuration

In the Sitefinity content management area, there is a text box where users can insert text/html content. The user supplied input is not properly sanitized / encoded and executed in the context of Sitefinity. A simple proof-of-concept is provided below:

<img alt="" src=x onerror=alert(document.cookie) /><svg/onload=prompt(1)>

The following PUT request is used to persist the JavaScript/HTML code:

PUT /Sitefinity/Services/DynamicModules/Data.svc/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000
ration=Publish HTTP/1.1
Cookie: [...snip...]
Connection: close

"Distance":0,"EmailContent":{"PersistedValue":"<img alt=\"\" onerror=\"alert(1)
\" src=\"x\" />","Value":""},"EmailSubject":{"PersistedValue":"","Value":""},"E

3b) Permanent Cross-Site Scripting via File Upload

The Sitefinity content management area provides file upload functionality to the users. A user can upload related documents to the website. The application also supports uploading of HTML files. These HTML files are later displayed in the same domain as the Sitefinity application, which allows JavaScript code embedded in the HTML file to access arbitrary information and functionality of Sitefinity users viewing this crafted HTML file.


3c) Permanent Cross-Site Scripting in the New User Creation form

In the Sitefinity content management area an Administrator can create new users. In the New User Creation Page some parameters such as “Last name”, “First name”, and “About” are vulnerable to cross site scripting attacks. An attacker can inject malicious JavaScript payloads directly via the user interface.


Vulnerable / Tested Versions

The following version of Progress Sitefinity has been tested which was the most recent version at the time of discovery: 9.1