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vBulletin XSS Security Bug

by Nikola Strahija on October 18th, 2002 vBulletin is a powerful and widely used bulletin board system, based on PHP language and MySQL database. One of its features is the usage of templates to modify the boards look. I discovered lately a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability that would attackers to inject maleficent codes and execute it on the clients browser.

+ Vulnerable Versions:

- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.8.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.7.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.6.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.5.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.4.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.3.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.2.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.1.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.2.0.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.2.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.1.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Candidate 3.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Candidate 2.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Candidate 1.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Beta 5.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Beta 4.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Beta 4.1.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Beta 3.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Beta 2.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Beta 1.
- Jelsoft vBulletin 2.0.0 Alpha.

+ Details:

In global.php there is a variable [$scriptpath], the value of it is the
referred URL that the client came from. Move on to admin/functions.php,
in show_nopermission function the $scriptpath is called as a global
variable. The content of the variable gets printed in the
error_nopermission_loggedin template without filtering it. So if we pass
some tags and script codes in the URL and refresh the page it will be
printed in the no permission template. The same thing with $url variable
which print its contents in many templates.

+ Exploit:

Note: Tested on Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and

- Go to usercp.php?s=[Session ID]"> [You can use it wherever
error_nopermission_loggedin get printed].
- A pop-up window will appear and you'll receive an error message.
- Then log in.
- Go back to the previous pages where you left the login form.
- Then the pop-up window will appear again containing the User ID and
Password Hash.

The same thing with $url templates.

+ Solution:

- Forum administrator can add some codes that will check the referred
URL and filter its inputs or upgrade to vBulletin 3.0.

+ Links:

- Http://

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