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Update to the latest version of flatCore CMS. An in-depth security analysis performed by security professionals is highly advised, as the software may be affected from further security issues.
Vulnerability Overview / Description
1. Stored Cross Site Scripting (Authenticated user) – CVE-2020-17451
This vulnerability allows an authenticated user (admin) to inject a malicious client side script which will be executed in the browser of a user if he visits the manipulated URL. In this case, the payload will be executed when the user visits any page that contains the injected malicious client side script.
2. Upload of arbitrary files (Authenticated user) – CVE-2020-17452
It was identified that an authenticated user (admin) has the possibility to upload malicious files without any restriction. In this specific case, arbitrary server side PHP code such as web shells can be uploaded. As a result the attacker can run arbitrary code on the server side with the privileges of the web server. This could lead to a full system compromise.
Proof Of Concept
1. Stored Cross Site Scripting (Authenticated user)
The following parameters have been found to be vulnerable to stored cross site scripting attacks.
URL : $DOMAIN/acp/acp.php METHOD : POST PARAMETER : page_linkname, page_title, page_content, page_extracontent PAYLOAD : aaaa%3Cscript%3Ealert%28document.cookie%29%3C%2Fscript%3E
URL : $DOMAIN/acp/acp.php METHOD : POST PARAMETER : prefs_pagename, prefs_pagetitle, prefs_pagesubtitle PAYLOAD : aaaa%3Cscript%3Ealert%28document.cookie%29%3C%2Fscript%3E
2. Upload of arbitrary files (Authenticated user)
Go to Upload Files > Choose destination > files. Upload a desired PHP web shell as the shell.php file. Once uploaded, to execute the webshell, go to
Vulnerable / Tested Versions
flatCore CMS version 1.5.5 has been tested, which was the latest version available at the time of the test. Previous versions may also be affected.