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Security Advisory | CVE-2010-3978

Spree e-commerce JSON v.0.11x

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The vulnerability described in this security advisory was discovered by Gabriel Quadros on October 1st
2010 during a internal security research.

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Security Advisory

1. Issue Description
This advisory describes multiple JSON Hijacking vulnerabilities on Spree e-commerce v0.11.0, an
open source commerce platform written for the Ruby on Rails framework. As a result, an attacker can
use this flaw to steal confidential information such as: products' cost price and quantity; users' email,
encrypted password, tokens, OpenID identifier, phone and address; orders' count and value by period.

2. Affected Components
The vulnerability was identified on the latest stable version of Spree e-commerce, v0.11.0. The
product’s web page is located at Prior versions may also be affected.

3. Details
There are some pages within the default Spree installation that use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
as a transport mechanism between the client and the server. As the application cannot differentiate
real requests to these pages from forged requests, and the JSON object returned can be accessed by
the attacker's malicious code via a script tag, these pages are vulnerable to an attack known as JSON

The affected pages are:

• /admin/products.json

• /admin/users.json

• /admin/overview/get_report_data

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker should use a small amount of social engineering to trick the
administrator user in visiting a malicious page. Once that happens, the malicious code makes a
request to the affected page to retrieve a JSON object containing the desired information. If the
administrator user is logged in, his cookie is sent along with the request and the page returns the
JSON object. The following exploits show how to hijack the information from two of the affected pages
if the administrator user uses the Google Chrome browser.

Proof of concept exploitation code is available to interested parties.

4. Issue Mitigation
Upgrade to the version 0.11.2 release

5. Additional Information
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2010-3978 to
this issue.

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CVSS Issue Severity Scores

Conviso IT Security calculated the scores of this vulnerability using the online CVSS calculator found at and described at http://

Criteria Description Value

Base Metrics Access Vector Remote

Value: 3.5 Access Complexity Low

Authentication Not Required

Confidentiality Impact Partial

Integrity Impact None

Availability Impact None

Impact BIAS Confidentiality

Temporal Metrics Exploitability Functional

Value: 2.9 Remediation Level Official Fix

Report Confidence Confirmed

Environmental Metrics Collateral Damage Potential High

Value: 6.4 Target Distribution High

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Issue History

Date Comments

10/01/10 Vulnerability identified during internal research by Conviso Security Labs

10/11/10 Spree informed about the vulnerability

10/15/10 Spree notified about the Security Advisory publishing date

11/02/10 Spree published the issue and new available release at

11/13/10 Security Advisory published on Conviso IT Security web site and relevant discussion
lists and forums on the Internet.

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