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Wekan versions 6.74 and below suffer from a persistent cross site scripting vulnerability.

advisories | CVE-2023-28485

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20230517-0 >
title: Stored XSS vulnerability in rename functionality
product: Wekan (Open-Source kanban)
vulnerable version: <=6.74
fixed version: 6.75 or higher
CVE number: CVE-2023-28485
impact: Medium
found: 2022-12-30
by: Heiner Liesegang (Office Berlin)
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Vendor description:
"WeKan ® is an completely Open Source and Free software collaborative
kanban board application with MIT license.

Whether you’re maintaining a personal todo list,
planning your holidays with some friends,
or working in a team on your next revolutionary idea, Kanban boards
are an unbeatable tool to keep your things organized.
They give you a visual overview of the current state of your project,
and make you productive by allowing you to focus on the few items that
matter the most."


Business recommendation:
Patch the application with the latest update supplied by the vendor.

Vulnerability overview/description:
1) Stored Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2023-28485)
An authenticated attacker with the role 'BoardAdmin' is able to rename
file attachments of Kanban cards. Being an admin of the Wekan instance
is not required in order for this exploit to work, as any user can
obtain 'BoardAdmin' privileges by creating a new Kanban board.

The 'renameAttachment' method does not sanitise user input and allows embedding
XSS payloads in the specified filename. The stored XSS payload is triggered by
opening the attachment as the modified filename is displayed in the header bar
of the file preview.

Proof of concept:
1) Stored Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2023-28485)
The following steps are necessary to exploit the vulnerability:
1. Log into the application with at least "user" privileges
2a. Open a Kanban board in which you have 'BoardAdmin' privileges
2b. Or, create a new Kanban board otherwise
3. Create a Kanban card if none exists
4. Open Kanban card to edit it
5. If there is no attachment in the card, upload one
6. Click on "Attachment Actions" under the attachment and select "Rename"
7. Include arbitrary XSS payload such as the following inside the filename:
"<script>alert('Stored XSS')</script>"
8. Select "Save" to embed the XSS payload

Any user with access to the board clicking on the attachment preview
triggers the stored XSS. In case the used Kanban board is set to "public"
any person with a link to the board can access the targeted card and
trigger the payload inside the attachments' filename.

Vulnerable / tested versions:
The following versions have been tested to be vulnerable:
* v6.64
* v6.69
* v6.71

According to the vendor, all versions before 6.75 are affected as well.

Vendor contact timeline:
2023-02-16: Contacting vendor security contact through [email protected].
2023-02-21: Vendor responded requesting a recheck of fixes in version 6.75.
2023-02-27: Security patch is confirmed to fix vulnerability.
2023-03-14: CVE number requested.
2023-05-17: Public release of security advisory.

The vendor provides a patched version which should be installed immediately.
The version 6.75 or higher provides the corresponding security patch:


Advisory URL:


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