CVE-2017-10711: Reflected XSS vulnerability in SimpleRisk – Open Source Risk Management System

Hi Guys,

Today we will discuss about a basic hunt of a reflected cross site vulnerability in SimpleRisk platform but first lets know some general details about the platform itself

What is SimpleRisk?

SimpleRisk is an open-source risk management system released under Mozilla Public License and used for risk management activities. It enables risk managers to account for risks, plan mitigation measures, facilitate management reviews, prioritize for project planning, and track periodic reviews. SimpleRisk allows risk managers to prioritize enterprise responses according to the severity of threats and vulnerabilities that could impact the business.

SimpleRisk sports a dashboard for submitting a new risk for consideration by your team, for creating risk reports and graphs of risk levels and locations. Highly configurable, SimpleRisk report generation is dynamic; risk formulas could be tweaked on the fly.

Now let’s dive into the technical details:

The “user” field in SimpleRisk’s user password reset form is not properly sanitized/filtered against dangerous user input resulted in executing javascript in the context of the app hence Steal SimpleRisk users sessions, Perform actions on behalf of SimpleRisk users, Hijack Session Cookies, etc..

In the heart of reset.php file:

As you may notice in this commit the value of “user” input was echoed directly to the view without being filtered

Vulnerability Type:
Reflected Cross Site Scripting

More info:

Vulnerability Exploitation:
Through POST based CSRF

Version affected:
=> 20170614-001

Vulnerable Request:
POST /simplerisk/reset.php HTTP/1.1
Host: IP
Cache-Control: no-cache
Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/png,*/*;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Content-Length: 128
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded


Vulnerable Parameter:

Payload used:

Proof of concept Video:






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