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Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability in Openconf Conference Management Software

RedTeam found a cross site scripting vulnerability in openconf which results in possible session takeover.


Product: openconf
Affected Version: 1.04, probably also older versions
Immune Version: 1.10 (unverified) 
OS affected: all
Security-Risk: high
Remote-Exploit: yes
Vendor-Status: informed, fixed
Advisory-Status: public 
CVE: CAN-2005-0407


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. 

More Details

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. 


None known.


Update to 1.10 (unverified).

Security Risk

High. Conferences managed by openconf could be arbitrarily influenced. 


2005-01-xx vendor informed 
2005-02-12 confirmed 1.10 is fixed 
2005-02-12 CVE number requested
2005-02-14 assigned
2005-02-14 posted
2009-05-08 Updated Advisory URL


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