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Date: Thu,  8 Sep 2016 18:16:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: cve-assign@...re.org
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Cc: cve-assign@...re.org
Subject: Re: Persistent Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in WordPress due to unsafe processing of file names

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> https://wordpress.org/news/2016/09/wordpress-4-6-1-security-and-maintenance-release/

(Please note the "extra" CVE ID below for the other vulnerability
fixed in 4.6.1.)


> a cross-site scripting vulnerability via image filename, reported by
> SumOfPwn researcher Cengiz Han Sahin

Use CVE-2016-7168.


> lure an admin into uploading the image with the malicious file name

> A WordPress admin uploads a malicious image file requested by a user
> this admin trusts or a popular malicious image that was spread via
> social media.

We are not sure whether this CVE-2016-7168 issue is best interpreted
as a vulnerability. We think it means that the admin has the
unfiltered_html capability, and proceeds with uploading the file even
though its name (which contains an embedded IMG string with
onerror=alert in the PoC) is visible to the admin. It seems to be more
of a design change in which the meaning of unfiltered_html is slightly
redefined, in a way that is helpful to many users but not all.

One counterargument use case is:

  - the admin of WordPress site A observes that all of their images
    are being stolen for use on WordPress site B

  - the process for stealing the images keeps each original filename

  - the admin of WordPress site A specifically wants one image
    filename to contain JavaScript code, as part of an effort to
    identify the operators of WordPress site B (this JavaScript code
    has no effect on site visitors when encountered in the context of
    WordPress site A)

  - the admin of WordPress site A has always relied on the Media
    Upload functionality in wp-admin/media-new.php for entering these
    filenames, and this is now broken with the upgrade to 4.6.1


> a path traversal vulnerability in the upgrade package uploader,
> reported by Dominik Schilling from the WordPress security team

Use CVE-2016-7169.

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