DefenseCode ThunderScan SAST Advisory: WordPress Testimonial Slider
Plugin SQL injection Security Vulnerability
Advisory ID: DC-2018-01-005
Advisory Title: WordPress Testimonial Slider Plugin SQL injection
Advisory URL: http://www.defensecode.com/advisories.php
Software: WordPress Testimonial Slider plugin
Version: 1.2.4 and below
Vendor Status: Vendor contacted, update released
Release Date: 2018/01/10
1. General Overview
During the security audit of Testimonial Slider plugin for WordPress
CMS, security vulnerability was discovered using DefenseCode
ThunderScan application source code security analysis platform.
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2. Software Overview
According to the plugin developers, Testimonial Slider shows the
testimonials and feedbacks submitted by your Happy Customers in a
clean, responsive and beautiful Slider format. The "Testimonials" are
a Custom Post Type so it is very easy to add, modify and delete
According to wordpress.org, it has more than 10 000 active installs.
3. Vulnerability Description
During the security analysis, ThunderScan discovered
SQL injection vulnerability in Testimonial Slider WordPress plugin.
The easiest way to reproduce the vulnerability is to visit the
provided URL while being logged in as administrator or another user
that is authorized to access the plugin settings page. Users that do
not have full administrative privileges could abuse the database
access the vulnerability provides to either escalate their privileges
or obtain and modify database contents they were not supposed to be
Due to the missing nonce token, the vulnerable code is also directly
exposed to attack vectors such as Cross Site request forgery (CSRF).
3.1. SQL injection
63 $sql = 'UPDATE '.$table_name.' SET slide_order='.$i.' WHERE
post_id='.$slide_order.' and slider_id='.$slider_id;
After the vulnerability was reported the vendor resolved the security
issues. All users are strongly advised to update WordPress Testimonial
Slider plugin to the latest available version.
Discovered by Neven Biruski using DefenseCode ThunderScan source code
6. Disclosure Timeline
2016/11/11 Vulnerability discovered
2017/03/31 Vendor contacted
2017/04/28 Vendor contacted
2017/05/08 Vendor responded
2018/01/10 Advisory released to the public
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