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MULTI SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN MVNFORUM



MULTI SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN MVNFORUM
MULTI SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN MVNFORUM



MULTI SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN MVNFORUM

1. General Information
mvnForum is software used for creating forums on the Internet 
(http://www.mvnforum.com). This is an open source software making use of 
Java J2EE (ISP/Servlet) technology.

On September 6 2008, SVRT-Bkis found several CSRF and XSS vulnerabilities in 
some functions of mvnForum 1.2 GA. These are highly serious vulnerabilities 
allowing hackers to perform privilege escalation attack on the Forum.

We have contacted the development team and they have patched all those 
vulnerabilities in the latest version of mvnForum 1.2.1 GA.

Details : http://security.bkis.vn/?p=286 
SVRT Advisory : SVRT-06-08
Initial vendor notification : 30-10-2008
Release Date : 03-12-2008
Update Date : 03-12-2008
Discovered by : SVRT-Bkis
Attack Type : CSRF, XSS
Security Rating : Critical
Impact : Privilege escalation
Affected Software : mvnForum (version <= 1.2 GA)


2. Technical Description
We have detected five vulnerabilities in different functions of mvnForum, 
four of which are CSRF (Cross-site request forgery) flaw and the other is an 
XSS (Cross-site scripting) flaw.

More precisely, four CSRF vulnerabilities make way for hackers to escalate 
their privilege on such forum by tricking the administrator to perform some 
task without asking him/her for confirmation. Tasks relating to these four 
vulnerabilities are:
- Creating a new forum where the hacker is the administrator.
- Raise the privilege of an arbitrary account.
- Give an arbitrary account the sub-forum administrator privilege.
- Enable or disable an arbitrary account.

The XSS vulnerability is in the "Who's online" function of the forum. If 
hackers successfully exploit this flaw, malicious code (JavaScript) will be 
executed whenever the administrator view information with this function.

3. Solution
Rating these highly critical vulnerabilities, Bkis Center recommends that 
all units, organizations and individuals using mvnForum should immediately 
update their forums with the latest version of the application here:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=65527&package_id=63007 

4. Credit
Thanks Dau Huy Ngoc for working with SVRT-Bkis

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Bach Khoa Internetwork Security Center (BKIS)
Hanoi University of Technology (Vietnam)

Email : svrt@bkav.com.vn 
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