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Secunia Research: WordPress Mingle Forum Plugin Cross-Site Request Forgery Vulnerability

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                    Secunia Research 03/09/2013              

WordPress Mingle Forum Plugin Cross-Site Request Forgery Vulnerability

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Vendor's Description of Software.....................................3
Description of Vulnerability.........................................4
Solution.............................................................5
Time Table...........................................................6
Credits..............................................................7
References...........................................................8
About Secunia........................................................9
Verification........................................................10

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1) Affected Software

* WordPress Mingle Forum Plugin 1.0.34.

NOTE: Other versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Less critical
Impact: Cross-Site Scripting
Where:  From remote

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3) Vendor's Description of Software 

"Have you been looking for a Forum Plugin for WordPress that just
works? Then look no further! Mingle Forum has been modified to be
lightweight, solid, secure, quick to setup, easy to use, and best
of all it now integrates seamlessly with or without the Mingle
social networking plugin (by Blair Williams). The mission of
Mingle Forum is, to KEEP IT SIMPLE"

Product Link:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mingle-forum/
 
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4) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in the Mingle Forum 
plugin for WordPress, which can be exploited by malicious people to 
conduct cross-site request forgery attacks.

The application allows users to perform certain actions via HTTP
requests without performing any validity checks to verify the requests.
This can be exploited to e.g. grant a user moderator privileges by
tricking a logged in administrator into visiting a malicious web site.

Note: This can further be exploited to conduct script insertion attacks.

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5) Solution 

No official solution is currently available.

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6) Time Table 

26/02/2013 - Vendor notified. 
04/03/2013 - Vendor response, asked for details and PoC.
05/03/2013  Replied with details and PoC.
06/03/2013  Vendor response, will be fixed end of March.
28/05/2013  Asked for the status.
29/05/2013  Vendor response, patch will be released in a month.
20/08/2013 - Asked for the status.
26/08/2013 - Vendor response, no time to fix the issue.
03/09/2013 - Public disclosure.

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7) Credits 

Discovered by Secunia Research.

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8) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the CVE-2013-0736 identifier for the vulnerabilities.
 
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10) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2013-5/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
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