Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in Openconf Conference Management Software
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 paper.
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
2009-05-08 Updated Advisory URL
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