LimeSurvey 2.72.3 - Persistent XSS to Code Execution

10 Apr 2018 by Robin Peraglie

LimeSurvey is an open source and commercial web application written in PHP that enables its users to quickly design and setup scalable surveys. Last year, we scanned the at that time latest version 2.72.3 with our static code analysis tool RIPS. In this technical post we will discuss and present two of the automatically detected vulnerabilities in 1MLOC: An unauthenticated persistent cross-site scripting vulnerability in the continue later feature and an authenticated arbitrary file write vulnerability. Both vulnerabilities can be chained by an attacker in order to execute code on the targeted web server with only one payload.

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