The Openconf management system is susceptible to a cross site scripting flaw.
Advisory: Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in Openconf Conference
A group of students at our lab called RedTeam found a cross site
scripting vulnerability in openconf which
results in possible session takeover.
Affected Version: 1.04, probably also older versions
Immune Version: 1.10 (unverified)
OS affected: all
Vendor-Status: informed, fixed
Openconf is a php/mysql based conference management system. Authors can
submit papers and the conference organisers can review these.
Cross site scripting is possible because the user input is not
filtered. Through this the session of a user with higher privileges can
be taken over.
Inputs from an anonymous author submitting a paper can contain script
code. This code will be executed when another user reviews this paper.
Proof of Concept
Submit a paper and enter "title <script>alert('evil');</script>" as
title. The script will be executed when the admin "chair" reviews this
Update to 1.10 (unverified).
High. Conferences managed by openconf could be arbitrarily influenced.
2005-01-xx vendor informed
2005-02-12 firstname.lastname@example.org confirmed 1.10 is fixed
2005-02-12 CVE number requested
RedTeam is a penetration testing group working at the Laboratory for
Dependable Distributed Systems at RWTH-Aachen University. You can find
more Information on the RedTeam Project at
Laboratory for Dependable Distributed Systems, RWTH Aachen University
Get news of the lab at
OpenConf is prone to an HTML injection vulnerability. This is due to insufficient validation of data supplied through paper submissions within the OpenConf system.
This may permit an attacker to inject hostile HTML and script code into the session of a user who is reviewing the submitted paper. Theft of cookie-based credentials is possible in addition to other attacks.