[wp-hackers] CSRF vulnerability in WP HTML Sitemap 1.2 (WordPress plugin)

Harry Metcalfe harry at dxw.com
Fri Mar 28 12:39:23 UTC 2014

Software: WP HTML Sitemap
Version: 1.2
Homepage: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-html-sitemap/
CVSS: 4.3 (Medium; AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

CSRF vulnerability in WP HTML Sitemap 1.2

A CSRF vulnerability exists which allows an attacker to delete the 
sitemap if a logged-in admin user visits a link of the attacker’s choosing.
Line 202 of inc/AdminPage.php says “// check whether form was just 
submitted” but the following if/elseif statements only check whether a 
particular button was pressed without checking nonce values. The form in 
question is printed in wp_html_sitemap_AdminPage::createSitemapForm() 
around line 146 of the same file.

Proof of concept
This form deletes the sitemap without requiring a nonce value:
<input type="text" name="deleteSitemap" value="Delete Sitemap">
<input type="submit">

Disable the plugin until a fix is available.

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Please note that this vulnerability will be published if we do not 
receive a response to this report with 14 days.


2014-02-21: Discovered
2014-02-26: Reported
2014-03-28: No response received. Published

Discovered by dxw:
Tom Adams
Please visit security.dxw.com for more information.

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